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Your Guide to Eternity Rings: Meaning, Types and Which to Shop

Your Guide to Eternity Rings:
Meaning, Types and Which to Shop

Discover the perfect eternity ring with our comprehensive buying guide. Explore the meaning behind eternity rings, styling tips, and maintenance advice. Elevate your style with Missoma.​

Eternity rings (like infinity rings) are typically given as a gift to commemorate a significant milestone or anniversary in a relationship. If renewing your vows seems like too much work, an eternity ring is a beautiful way to show your partner that you believe your love will last for... well, eternity.

Symbolising the bond of two people, these rings are often set with diamonds and other semi-precious gemstones. They can be worn on any finger, but they're typically worn on the ring finger, either solo or alongside an engagement ring. If you're looking for a unique and meaningful way to celebrate your love, consider gifting your partner a piece they'll treasure forever.

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Meaning of Eternity Rings

The circular shape of an eternity ring represents the endless cycle of love and devotion. The gemstones that adorn the ring, often diamonds, are a symbol of strength, durability, and beauty. Eternity rings are a reminder of the love that two people share, and the commitment they have made to each other.

In addition to their symbolic meaning, eternity rings are also a beautiful and elegant piece of jewellery. They can be worn on their own or stacked with other rings, such as a wedding band or a solitaire engagement ring. Eternity rings are a versatile piece of jewellery that can be dressed up or down, making them perfect for any occasion.

 

Here are some of the specific meanings that eternity rings can represent:

  1. Everlasting love -/- The circular shape of an eternity ring symbolises the endless cycle of love and devotion.
  2. Commitment -/- Eternity rings are often given to mark a significant milestone in a relationship, such as a wedding anniversary or the birth of a child. This shows the couple's commitment to each other and to their future together.

  3. Fidelity -/- Eternity rings are also a symbol of fidelity and faithfulness. They represent the couple's promise to remain loyal to each other for the rest of their lives.
  4. Family -/- Eternity rings can also be given to celebrate the birth of a child or the formation of a new family. They represent the love and commitment that the couple has for each other and for their family.
  5. New beginnings -/- Eternity rings can be given to mark a new beginning in a relationship, such as a wedding or a milestone anniversary. They represent the couple's excitement for the future and their commitment to building a life together.


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History of Eternity Rings

Eternity rings have a long and rich history, dating back to ancient Egypt. The Egyptians believed that the circular shape of the ring represented the eternal soul, often wearing eternity rings with hieroglyphs inscribed on them, which were believed to protect the wearer in the afterlife.

Eternity rings also became popular in ancient Greece and Rome. In Greek mythology, the goddess of love, Aphrodite, was often depicted wearing an eternity ring. In Rome, eternity rings were given as engagement rings.

In the Middle Ages, eternity rings were still widely cherished but they were often used as a symbol of religious faith. Christians wore eternity rings with religious symbols inscribed on them, such as the cross or the crucifix.

In Victorian England – like in Rome – they were given as engagement rings. The Victorians believed that the circular shape of the ring represented the endlessness of love. Eternity rings continued to be popular in the 20th century, and are now one of the most popular types of jewellery given to mark special occasions.

Here is a more detailed timeline of the history of eternity rings:

  1. Ancient Egypt (3000-1000 BC) -/- Eternity rings first worn as a symbol of eternal love and life.
  2. Ancient Greece and Rome (1000-500 BC) -/- The goddess of love, Aphrodite, is often depicted wearing an eternity ring. In Rome, eternity rings are given as engagement rings.
  3. Middle Ages (500-1500 AD) -/- Eternity rings are worn as a symbol of religious faith, inscribed with the cross or the crucifix.
  4. Victorian era (1837-1901) -/- The Victorians believed that the circular shape of the ring represented the endlessness of love.
  5. 20th century -/- Eternity rings continue to be popular in the 20th century, and are now one of the most popular types of jewellery given to mark special occasions.

Today, eternity rings are still a popular choice for engagement rings, wedding bands, and anniversary gifts. They are a beautiful and meaningful way to show your loved one how much you care.

How eternity rings have evolved over time

The design of eternity rings has evolved over time, but the overall symbolism remains the same. Early eternity rings were often simple and understated, but modern eternity rings can be quite elaborate and ornate.

One of the biggest changes in the design of eternity rings has been the introduction of different types of gemstone settings. In the past, eternity rings were typically set with diamonds or other precious gemstones. However, today, eternity rings can be set with a variety of gemstones, including semi-precious gemstones and even synthetic gemstones.

Another change in the design of eternity rings is the introduction of different band styles. In the past, eternity rings were typically made with simple, plain bands. However, today, eternity rings can be made with a variety of band styles, including pave bands, channel bands, and halo bands.

The popularity of eternity rings today

Eternity rings are more popular than ever today. This is likely due to a number of factors, including the increasing popularity of non-traditional weddings and the growing trend of jewellery bought ourselves.

Eternity rings are a go-to for non-traditional weddings because they tend to be unique and a more personal alternative to the traditional wedding band. Eternity rings can also be worn as a standalone piece of jewellery, which makes them a popular choice for women who want to celebrate their independence and self-reliance.

Many women are now choosing to purchase their own eternity rings to celebrate their personal milestones, such as a promotion at work or the birth of a child.

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Types and Cuts of Eternity Rings

There are many different types and cuts of eternity rings available. Some of the most popular include:

Full Eternity Rings

These rings have gemstones that go all the way around the band.

Half Eternity Rings

These rings have gemstones that go around half of the band.

Three-Quarter Eternity Rings

These rings have gemstones that go around three-quarters of the band.

Channel-Set Eternity Rings

These rings have gemstones that are set into a channel, which creates a smooth and seamless look.

Bezel-Set Eternity Rings

These rings have gemstones that are set into a bezel, which protects the gemstones from damage.


The most popular cut of gemstone for eternity rings is the round brilliant cut. Round brilliant cut diamonds are known for their brilliance and shine. Other popular cuts for eternity rings include princess cut, emerald cut, and cushion cut gemstones.

 

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Choosing the Right Eternity Ring

When choosing an eternity ring, there are a few factors to consider:

Budget

Eternity rings can range in price from a few hundred to several thousand pounds. It's important to set a budget before you start shopping.

Metal

Eternity rings are typically made of gold, platinum, or silver. Choose a metal that matches your existing jewellery and that you are comfortable wearing.

Gemstone

Choose a gemstone that you love and that matches your personal style. Diamonds are the most popular choice for eternity rings, but other gemstones such as sapphires, rubies, and emeralds are also popular.

Style

Choose a style of eternity ring that you love and that will complement your other jewellery. Consider the width of the band, the setting of the gemstones, and the overall look of the ring.

 

How to Style Eternity Rings

Eternity rings can be worn in a variety of ways. They can be stacked with other rings, such as a wedding band or a solitaire engagement ring, or worn on their own.

When stacking eternity rings, choose rings that are different widths and styles to create a more interesting and dynamic look. You can also choose to stack eternity rings with other types of rings, such as cocktail rings or statement rings.

If you're wearing an eternity ring on its own, choose a style that is both comfortable and stylish. You may want to choose a wider band for a bolder, more maximalist look, or a narrower band for a more delicate look.

 

Caring for Eternity Rings

Eternity rings are a valuable investment, so it is important to care for them properly.

Here are a few tips:

  1. Avoid wearing your eternity ring when doing activities that could damage it, such as gardening, cleaning, or playing sports.
  2. Remove your eternity ring before showering or bathing.
  3. Store your eternity ring in a soft cloth pouch or jewelry box.
  4. Eternity rings are a beautiful and meaningful piece of jewelry, but they require regular care to keep them looking their best.

 

Clean your ring regularly

The best way to clean your eternity ring is to use a mild soap and water solution. To clean your ring, simply soak it in the soap and water solution for a few minutes, then use a soft toothbrush to gently brush away any dirt or debris. Rinse the ring thoroughly and dry it with a soft cloth.

Store your ring properly

When you are not wearing your eternity ring, it is important to store it properly to protect it from damage. Store the ring in a soft cloth pouch or jewellery box. Avoid storing your ring in direct sunlight or in humid conditions

Diamond eternity rings

Diamond eternity rings are typically set in a pave setting or a channel setting. Pave settings feature small diamonds that are set close together to create a sparkling effect. Channel settings feature diamonds that are set into a groove in the metal band. To clean a diamond eternity ring, soak it in a mild soap and water solution for a few minutes, then use a soft toothbrush to gently brush away any dirt or debris. Rinse the ring thoroughly and dry it with a soft cloth. Be careful not to brush too hard, as this could damage the diamonds.

Gemstone eternity rings

Gemstone eternity rings can be set in a variety of settings, including pave settings, channel settings, and bezel settings. Bezel settings feature a metal rim that surrounds the gemstone and protects it from damage. To clean a gemstone eternity ring, follow the same instructions as above for cleaning a diamond eternity ring. However, be sure to choose a cleaning solution that is safe for the type of gemstones in your ring.

No matter what type of eternity ring you have, it is important to care for it properly to keep it looking its best for many years to come.

 

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