The history of eternity rings
An eternity ring is a meaningful representation of an everlasting love, commitment and devotion between two partners.
It is believed that eternity rings date back to as far as Ancient Egyptian times, when the circle was seen as a powerful symbol of life and death, continuum and immortality. At the time, rings were commonly worn and exchanged between partners as a symbol of love and life.
These rings were crafted from a range of different materials, including reeds, bones and metal. Of course, it is the metal form that succeeded in becoming the traditional eternity ring style, and which we see throughout today’s collections.
Throughout the course of history, rings have commonly been decorated with diamonds and a variety of other gemstones, including rubies, sapphires and emeralds. The choice of stone adds additional meaning to an eternity ring. For example, rubies signify passion and romance, while sapphires represent fidelity and faithfulness.
In the mid to late 1900s, diamonds really began rising in popularity in terms of engagement and wedding ring designs. This was largely due to a clever advertising campaign by diamond specialist, De Beers, which framed the precious stone as a symbol of forever, making them the perfect pairing for an eternity ring, too.
While this trend is still one that is prevalent in fine eternity ring collections, it is also common to find gemstone designs that elude a classic, vintage style.
What is the difference between an eternity ring and a wedding ring?
A wedding ring is the most traditional symbol of commitment between two partners. It is the ring that is exchanged on the day a couple gets married, so naturally, carries a significant amount of meaning and value.
An eternity ring is much more open to interpretation in terms of meaning and symbolism. Although it is commonly accepted that these rings represent eternal love, they are not restricted to a single day or milestone in a couple’s journey. In fact, to wear or gift an eternity ring, partners do not have to be married, or express an intent to marry as with an engagement ring.
When to buy or gift an eternity ring
As eternity rings are not restricted to certain special days or milestones, there are endless possibilities for when they can be bought or gifted. The most common occasions include anniversaries, whether married or not, birthdays, or even for the birth of a child.
Ultimately, if the time feels right for you to gift your loved one with a beautiful piece of jewellery, with a huge amount of meaning, then that’s what you should do!
What finger do you wear an eternity ring on?
Eternity rings are traditionally worn on the ring finger, much like a wedding or engagement ring. This is another tradition which dates back to Ancient Egyptian times, as it was believed that this finger contained a vein that linked directly to the heart. Although science has since disproven this myth, the tradition very much remains.
Those who are gifted an eternity ring after marriage, perhaps for an anniversary or vow renewal ceremony, often choose to wear their eternity ring with their wedding band, or swap it entirely.
Types of eternity rings
Today, eternity rings are available in a variety of styles and designs. Our extensive collection features everything from stylish diamond designs to classic gemstone styles. The one similarity between all designs is the distinct channel set stones, or row detail, which is common of the traditional eternity ring.
Popular styles in our collection include this channel set diamond design with stones around the entire ring. There are also gemstone options, like this sapphire design, which makes the perfect gift for a partner whose birthday falls in September. Or, this ruby eternity ring, which is a thoughtful gift for a 40th anniversary.
Browse our full collection of eternity rings online today.