How to Pick the Perfect Eternity Ring
Looking for the perfect eternity ring? Do some research before you start shopping to get a sense of your options and, ultimately, narrow them down to a handful of styles that fit your criteria. Whether you want to shop online or in jewelry stores or work with a designer on a custom project, here are some helpful tips to ensure you pick an eternity ring that will be cherished for years to come.
1. Decide if You Want Full-Eternity or Half-Eternity
There are two main types of eternity rings: the full-eternity ring and the half-eternity ring.
A full-eternity ring is set with diamonds or colored gemstones all the way around the ring. This allows the ring to glisten and sparkle from every angle. As a rule, the more diamonds on the eternity band, the more expensive it’s going to be. It’s also important to note that full-eternity rings cannot be resized; however, if it’s the wrong size, a jewelry retailer may let you exchange it for the correct size.
A half-eternity ring features a row of stones that go across the top half of the band in either five-, seven-, or nine-stone configurations. The stones may be of uniform shape and size, or the half-eternity ring may have a tapered design with gems in graduating sizes. A half-eternity ring is normally less expensive, more practical, and more comfortable than a full-eternity ring, although this is ultimately dependent on stone quality and carat weight. More good news: Half-eternity rings can be resized if needed.
2. Choose a Metal Type
Eternity bands come in all four precious metal types: white gold, yellow gold, rose gold, and platinum. Ideally, the metal type should match the wearer’s existing jewelry, particularly if the intention is to wear it alongside an engagement ring and wedding band. All of these precious metals are durable enough to keep the diamonds in your eternity band safe and secure; choosing one comes down to color preference, what you think flatters your skin tone best, and budget (platinum is your priciest option and 14k gold is the most affordable).
3. Choose Diamond Shape
When selecting a diamond eternity ring, you’ll want to consider the shape of the diamonds. While there are myriad shapes available, and even styles that combine two or three shapes in one eternity ring, here are the most common options.
Round-cut brilliant diamonds are the most popular diamond shapes because they reflect the most light.
Princess-cut diamonds have a square shape. When set in eternity rings, they can form a seamless line of sparkle around the finger. If you’re looking for contemporary elegance, a princess cut does the trick.
Baguette-cut diamonds are elongated and rectangular. Slender, elegant, and geometric in appearance, they also give major art deco vibes, a look many people love.
Oval-cut diamonds would be a unique look on an eternity ring. The oval shape tends to look best when it’s more pronounced so you might need to get stones that are a little bit bigger than your average eternity-ring diamonds. If you prefer a daintier look, stick with round diamonds.
Emerald-cut diamonds are distinctive with their rectangular shape and linear facets. This creates a sophisticated, icy (not fiery) appearance. On an eternity band, a progression of emerald-cut diamonds is undeniably luxe.
4. Decide if You Want Diamonds or Colored Gemstones
This decision is easily made for most—you either want the icy-white brilliance of diamonds or a vibrant pop of color.
Diamond Eternity Rings
A diamond eternity band is a timeless classic. Diamond eternity rings layer well with most existing jewelry collections, are perfect for everyday wear, and are forever associated with love and romance. Which might make them the perfect gift for someone special!
Colored Gemstone Eternity Rings
Anything goes. Just imagine an endless row of velvety blue sapphires, radiant red rubies, or lush green emeralds – gorgeous, right? Maybe start with your birthstone. But if it’s a ring you plan to wear every day, definitely choose a colored gemstone that’s strong enough to hold up to that 24/7 exposure. Here’s a good overview of the best options, starting with ruby and sapphire (bonus: the former comes in every color of the rainbow!).
5. Choose an Eternity Ring Setting
When choosing an eternity band, it’s important to consider the type of setting used to hold the stones in place as this affects the durability and overall aesthetics of the ring. There are various types of settings, including:
Prong setting – A prong setting, also known as a claw setting, is the most traditional (and affordable) option when it comes to eternity rings. Prong settings have “tiny claws” to hold the stones in place.
Pavé setting – Pavé-set diamond eternity rings contain lots of small diamonds that are set very closely together, creating an illusion that there is no metal holding them in place. While visually stunning, there is a downside to the pavé setting: it can be difficult to clean and maintain, due to the number of diamonds (and how tiny they are!).
Channel setting – A channel-set diamond eternity ring features diamonds set in a line between two walls of metal. This setting suits baguette diamonds and princess-cut diamonds very well. It also protects stones from chipping, making it a great choice for active lifestyles. Since more precious metal is used to create this style of ring, it can be pricier than other eternity ring styles.
Bezel setting – Clean, sleek, and elegant! Modern, minimalist jewelry wearers may gravitate towards a bezel-set eternity ring, in which each diamond is individually rimmed in a metal border. Bonus: the bezels protect the diamonds from damage caused by everyday wear and tear.
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