An eternity band is an endless ring of diamonds all around the finger that symbolizes a never-ending love. Every woman we know wants one of these (or more!) in her jewelry box.
Eternity bands are made on all metals, but our best sellers are always in platinum. Round and emerald cut diamonds are favorites, but we also love fancy shapes. Radiant, oval, and pear-shaped diamonds create a unique look. These rings, while quite desirable, need to come with an owner’s manual. I own three eternity rings, and over the years, I’ve created my own set of tips:
Before You Buy
What other rings will you wear this band? Stacking rings are so popular and a great look. Make sure the rings wear well together – some setting styles will cause wear and damage to the next ring and should be worn alone. Also, you don’t want to overpower the center diamond in an engagement ring with a huge band. Make sure the size of the stones in each ring is complimentary.
Diamonds are by far the best choice for stones because of their hardness. Color can also be good, particularly sapphires or rubies, because they also wear well. However, be careful with smaller bands including lighter colored stones like aquamarine or blue topaz. If the stones are too small, the color simply will not show.
After You Purchase Your Band
Our hands continue to grow and change throughout our lifetime. While most plain bands can be sized, there is very little (or no) room for sizing an eternity band. Our jeweler can sometimes size up or down a half-size, but it’s usually best to make a new mounting to keep the stones secure when your finger size changes.
Diamonds on the back of the ring are subtle and beautiful, and I always call them a gift to yourself when you open your hand. But I will include a caution here because diamonds are hard but brittle, so one quick hit can chip or break a stone. For those who are truly concerned, you might consider an anniversary band with part-way around diamonds. You can find my article on anniversary bands by clicking here.
Watch the rings you wear next to your eternity band. Open edge diamonds on an eternity band can act like a saw and gradually cut into the under gallery of an engagement ring over time.
Eternity bands will require maintenance for broken prongs and chipped diamonds throughout the years. Some will require new settings to replace the wear and tear or will need a larger size ring. Other rings worn with these can also need repairs to stay in good shape. Eternity bands are like low profile tires: it’s not if you’ll replace a diamond or tire, it’s when. And for us, that’s the luxury of the style. Wearing an endless band of diamonds all around the finger is simply and perfectly beautiful.