Choosing the perfect Eternity Band can be a challenging task considering the limitless customization for settings, diamonds, gemstones metals and sizes. We hope that this guide can make the process a little less daunting!
Eternity rings, also called eternity bands, are a type of band where diamonds are set closely together along the full length of the band. Although traditionally given as anniversary gifts, Eternity bands are increasingly being used instead of women’s wedding bands or as a “push-present.” With the recent trend of ring stacking, eternity bands also make extraordinary gifts for any special occasion and remind someone of your unfaltering love. No matter the occasion, these 5 steps will help you a band you’ll cherish forever.
Are you planning on pairing your eternity band with an engagement ring or wearing it as a standalone piece?
If you are planning on on using your eternity band as a wedding band, we recommend you pick a similar stone shape and style as your engagement ring in order to maximize the beauty of both. If you are looking for an eternity band as a standalone ring then let it shine on its own!
Although round stones are the most popular choice for eternity bands, other shapes such as Emerald, Princess and Cushion can offer a different look and be equally breathtaking.
Gold has been the most common choice for jewelry for centuries. Its durable, available in multiple colors and affordable. 100% pure gold is 24 karats and is too soft to be used in jewelry. Instead, gold is combined with other metals to increase it’s durability and impart it with various colors.
- At only 58.5% gold, 14k gold is is scratch resistant and easy to polish, making it a classic choice with great value.
- White gold is almost always "rhodium plated." Rhodium adds an extra protective layer around your gold and gives the metal a whiter color. Rhodium makes your diamond appear brighter when it's new, but will slowly wear off depending on how often you wear it. At minimum, we recommend you re-plate white gold every couple years.
- Easy to repair & polish, 18k gold is richer in color and more expensive that it’s 14k counterpart.
- Boasting a 75% gold content, it is often reserved for special occasion pieces.
- Although most will have no durability issues with 18k gold it is important to note the higher the gold content makes 18k a softer choice metal.
Platinum is a naturally hypoallergenic white metal that will last a lifetime. Unlike White Gold, Platinum does not need plating and will maintain its color for years with minimal polishing over the years. Due to it’s rarity and 95%-100% purity, platinum is the most expensive metal option for an eternity band.
Do you plan on stacking your eternity bands with your engangement ring? Matching the metals of your engagement ring and eternity band is guaranteed way to make your bands sparkle! Matched metals will make your bands look like one impressive piece of jewelry.
It could be hard to resist the unique beauty of a mismatched set. We see white gold and rose gold sets all the time! If you choose to mix metals, make sure tot ake your ring in for regular maintenance at least once a year. This will keep your eternity band looking as good as new.
Besides the stone shape & metal type, the setting style will be the next biggest piece of your eternity band’s look. Although Wonder Jewelers can make any custom design of your significant other’s dreams, most bands fall into the following style.
This classic setting remains the most popular style, especially for cut cornered shapes like Emerald & Asscher Cut Diamonds. As opposed to the shared prongs of the U-ternity style, diamonds in regular prongs are individually set for extra security. This is especially important with larger diamonds. The classic prong setting will look great alongside most rings.Shop Prong Set Eternity Bands
A channel setting is formed by two “walls” of metal which hold the diamonds in the center of the band. The diamonds are set inside a small groove in the side walls of the band, creating a unique “floating diamond” look. Although this setting is most popular for diamonds cut with a square shape such as princess, radiant and cushion, it also looks very elegant when set with round diamonds.Shop Channel Set Eternity Bands
Considered to be a more elegant and sophisticated setting, Trellis prongs criss cross each other to create attractive Y shaped patterns. Similar to shared prongs, Trellis style settings provide a high amount of light exposure for the diamonds creating superb sparkle.Shop Trellis Style Eternity Bands
Pavé, from the French word meaning “To Pave,” is a setting style where small diamonds are closely-set to give your eternity band an upscale diamond-encrusted look. There are limitless variations of Pavé settings, depending on the numbers of stones set and in how many rows. More complex designs can have hundreds of diamonds in rows of three or more!
Although it was once near-impossible to set eternity bands with so many stones, advances in technology coupled with skilled jewelers enables us to set diamonds in a “micro pavé” style. Micro pavé diamonds are each less than 1.00 mm in diameter, making the use of a microscope necessary.
Small stones are exponentially less expensive than their larger counterparts, making pavé a popular way to add a lot of sparkle for a reasonable price.Shop U-Shape Pave Eternity Bands
It is important to get the perfect ring size for the first time around when it comes to getting an eternity band. Full eternity bands have such closely set diamonds along the whole band which makes resizing impossible. To ensure you get a perfect fit, here are some tips to follow:
When buying eternity bands, customers are often tempted “go big or go home,” and choose an eternity band with larger diamonds. While gone for a high total carat weight can be beautiful, make sure not to overshadow other rings like your engagement ring. We recommend choosing eternity band that is impressive on it’s but still complimentary to your engagement ring.Shop Eternity Bands
We hope that this guide was helpful in your search for a new eternity band. If you still have any other questions or want to learn about what kind of eternity bands Wonder Jewelers has to offer, contact us at 877.852.9678