Diamond eternity bands are also known as infinity bands. They are typically given during a significant anniversary and are also on occasion given with the birth of a child. They have a continuous band of diamonds around the ring that are identically cut.
The concept of an eternity band goes all the way back to Ancient Egypt over 4,000 years ago. The modern eternity ring originated in the 1960s with a company called De Beers.
When do you typically buy a diamond eternity band?
Diamonds were originally used to commemorate a couple’s 60th anniversary. However, couples have become very liberal when it comes to giving eternity bands. Some people give an eternity band after one year of marriage while others will purchase one for a 20th anniversary. Eternity bands are also given during the birth of a first child. They are also a popular way to upgrade an existing wedding band when a couple is in a better financial position than they were during their wedding.
Can an eternity band be worn as an engagement ring or wedding ring?
Eternity bands don’t just commemorate a significant event during the life of a marriage. They can also be given as an engagement ring or as the actual wedding ring itself. Many celebrities have broken the tradition of when it is appropriate to wear a diamond eternity band. Marilyn Monroe had an eternity band that she wore as an engagement ring and wedding ring when she married Joe Dimaggio. Eternity bands are often worn in combination with the original wedding ring. Some people choose to wear their eternity band as a replacement for their wedding ring.
If you still have your engagement ring, some people suggest that you wear your different bands in the following order: wedding ring, engagement ring, and then the eternity ring on top. Ultimately, how you want to wear your eternity band is up to you.
Things to look for in a diamond eternity band
Diamond eternity band settings
The first thing people typically look at when purchasing a diamond eternity band is how it's set. There are four different types of eternity band settings:
- Claw settings involve four prongs that come up to hold the diamond in place. Claw settings typically will accommodate virtually any type of diamond and size.
- A channel setting will involve placing the diamonds in a groove on the ring. Many people like this style because the diamonds will appear to be seamless.
- The pavé setting of diamond eternity bands will include diamonds set in a groove. Sometimes, larger diamonds are surrounded by smaller ones so that they look more elegant.
- The cut down setting minimizes the appearance of metal in the setting, but will also allow the diamond to be visible from a multitude of angels.
Different types of eternity band cuts
There are also different cuts of diamonds for eternity bands:
- Round cut eternity bands will feature a diamond set where each diamond is round in shape with 58 facets. These are an elegant cut of diamonds and often symbolize commitment
- Emerald cut eternity bands feature several diamonds that are rectangular in shape. Emerald cut diamonds are more traditional and symbolize clarity and an open heart.
- Oval cut diamond eternity bands feature several diamonds that are cut in the shape of an oval. These are known to be brilliant diamonds and symbolize individuality and honoring tradition.
- Princess cut diamonds have only been around since the 1980s and are also common in eternity bands. A sharp, brilliant square, these eternity bands can symbolize someone who is truly romantic at heart.
- Asscher cuts are diamonds that are cut into a square, but resemble the emerald cut diamond. They are extremely brilliant in nature and symbolize rebirth when used on an eternity band.
- Cushion cuts are square diamonds with rounded corners. These were at one point the most popular type of diamond and symbolizes the future when used in an eternity band.
- Baguette cuts are diamonds that are shaped like an emerald cut, but have unbeveled corners. They are less brilliant than other cuts, but can still look elaborate when used in a diamond eternity band.
Selecting a Metal Color
You can get several different metal colors for an eternity band. Gold and platinum are fairly common. You can get rose gold, white gold, and yellow gold diamond eternity bands. The lower the karat number on the gold, the more durable it will be; however, the higher, 18k gold will tend to be more brilliant.
Many people will like platinum for its durability. Platinum is often used on gold rings as prongs to hold the diamond in place. Platinum is a very luxurious choice for a diamond eternity band and will ensure that your ring lasts for a lifetime.
Diamonds also have a color grade. Many of our eternity bands have diamonds in the F to G and G to H color range. These color grades are in the colorless range. The untrained eye will notice no colors in these diamonds so they will be very pure to the unaided eye.
Work with King of Jewelry For Your Diamond Eternity Bands
A diamond eternity band from King of Jewelry will last a lifetime. These eternity bands can be purchased for any significant milestone in your marriage, whether it’s an anniversary or the birth of a child. An eternity band symbolizes that your relationship has and will continue to withstand the test of time.