An eternity band is supposed to symbolize one person’s ultimate commitment to another. Let’s see what eternity bands look like, where they come from, how to buy them and when you should give or receive one.
What is an Eternity Band?
An eternity band, also known as an infinity ring, is usually made of precious metals set with a complete loop of diamonds or other gemstones. The stones encircling the band have no beginning and no end and thus represent eternity and never-ending love.
Since it’s not always practical to have stones covering the entire ring, sometimes the stones are set across only the face of the ring. These styles are called half eternity bands. The sentiment of half eternity bands is still the same.
History of Eternity Bands
Eternity bands are said to have originated in ancient Egypt, 2000 BC. These rings were not given to mark special occasions. Egyptian men would give their wives rings to symbolize their commitment and love.
Many of these rings were crafted in the shape of a snake eating its tail. That symbol was used to represent eternity.
Determining the Quality of an Eternity Band
When it comes to evaluating the quality of an eternity band, you should consider three important aspects: the diamonds, the setting and the precious metal used.
Since the diamonds in an eternity band are usually too small, they are not certified because the expense of the grading is simply not worthwhile. For example, if you were to certify 14 diamonds in an eternity band, the certification would cost nearly $1,000 alone.
With no diamond certifications, it’s especially important to review the diamonds yourself. Make sure the diamonds are eye clean, meaning they don’t have noticeable blemishes. To evaluate the colour, ensure the diamonds appear white in relation to the setting. Besides, check if the colour is consistent throughout the band.
Eternity bands are commonly available in prong, channel and bezel settings. In case you are planning to pair the band with your engagement or wedding ring, try to match the setting style as closely as possible.
Eternity bands featuring prongs for their setting ensure maximum light can reach the diamonds.
The type and colour of metal are based primarily on your personal preference.
Platinum looks equally stunning when set against diamonds or other gemstones. However, if you don’t have enough budget for this option, white gold may be a good alternative. Just keep in mind that white gold rings need occasional re-plating, which platinum rings do not. Yellow and rose gold eternity bands are for those who prefer a feminine look and want to stand out.
When to Buy Eternity Bands
Some say that eternity bands should be given only as anniversary gifts. Nowadays, this theory is becoming less and less popular. These rings don’t necessarily have to be given on anniversary at all.
Any time is perfect to give your partner an eternity band.
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