When Did Eternity Rings Become Popular?Since antiquity, we have been placing a ring, that which has no beginning or end, on the finger of a loved one as a symbol of our boundless devotion. However, it was in 1761, when King George III of England gifted his bride, Queen Charlotte, with a band encircled with diamonds, that the seeds of the modern diamond eternity ring were sown.
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How Did Eternity Rings Evolve?Despite being an uncomplicated design, the classic eternity ring (a band of precious metal set with a continuous row of gemstones) found its way into bridal fashions. Victorian era, it was known as the ‘keeper’ or guard ring – a band that could be slipped on after a more elaborate diamond engagement ring to keep the latter in place. Edwardian lady, and by the Art Deco period, a sapphire, ruby and diamond triple-hoop became the ring to catch the eye.
See more: Ruby Eternity Ring in PlatinumHowever, the modern perception of diamond eternity rings, as a gift offered to a married woman on the occasion of an anniversary or birth of a child, was not created until the 1960s, when De Beers decided that the steadfast wife may need the occasional reminder that she was right to walk down the aisle.
What are the Different Types of Eternity Ring?The diamond eternity ring may be a simple design, but adjust the type of precious metal, the shape and size of the stones or the style of the setting and you can truly make it your own. Choose the twinkle of millegrain-set diamonds in platinum for an elegant Edwardian look, or a row of clean and geometric channel-set stones for an Art Deco influenced ring. Or, if you prefer a pop of ruby red or sapphire blue, there are beautiful gemstone eternity rings and alternating diamond and gemstone eternity rings to choose from.
How to Choose an Eternity Ring That Is Right for YouIf eternity rings are to be worn in line with tradition, between your engagement ring and wedding band, you may choose to match it to the style of these rings, whether that's through metal type, gemstone or shape.
Scalloped diamond full eternity ring in platinum.For example, an 18ct yellow gold eternity ring will perfectly accompany a yellow gold engagement ring and wedding band, while a princess-cut diamond eternity ring would be the ideal choice to match a princess-cut solitaire engagement ring. You may also wish to consider shaped eternity rings, which match the contours of your existing bridal jewellery, or a vintage style that is in-keeping with a Victorian or Edwardian engagement ring.