How to choose an eternity ring

Eternity rings are traditionally given as gifts to mark a major life event. The most common reason is a wedding anniversary, but the birth of a child may also be an appropriate time. They are also known as infinity rings.

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There is a long history behind eternity rings. Unlike the unbroken circle of a traditional wedding band, eternity rings are set with gemstones. Most eternity rings are made of gold, but materials can vary. Here are some factors to consider when choosing your ring.

Full or half

When you picture an eternity ring, you probably imagine gems lining the entire band. This is a traditional “full” eternity ring. However, there are some notable advantages to a half eternity ring, in which the stones cover only the top. It is less cumbersome and less likely to be damaged when picking up or gripping items. It can also be easier to resize and tends to cost less.


Diamond eternity rings are the most popular and provide an elegant sparkle. You can find and compare them easily on sites such as Coloured gems have also become popular in recent years.

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A wider ring can hold larger gemstones. A smaller band will be less expensive and look more delicate. Achieving a balance between the two is the main consideration when deciding on the width of your eternity ring. Another factor that may affect width is setting style. The width of the band needs to adequately provide for your setting and may require gems of different sizes.

Setting style

The grain setting is the most traditional style. This is when each gem is held in place by a grain or bead of metal. A “thread” is used to create a border. To create a vintage look, milgrain detail may be used to finish the edge.

If you want a slim band, the cutdown or edge setting may be a good choice. It maximises the size of the gems by having them cover the whole width of the ring. They are fastened by cutting metal out of the edges.

For a more contemporary feel, the channel setting may be a good option. The top and bottom of each stone is hidden within a metal channel. This is the best setting for square or princess diamonds.