By Dirk Rendel
Diamond eternity rings symbolize unwavering, steadfast love and are some of the most popular choices for anniversary rings. It is typically worn by the wife and is characterized by a continuous or “eternal” line of specially cut, identical diamonds. As it symbolizes unending love, the eternity ring is usually presented by the husband during milestone wedding anniversaries.
History of Diamond Eternity Rings
Diamond eternity rings first came to life during the 1960s. The popular diamond seller, De Beers came up with the concept when the prevailing trend in wedding rings at the time was setting a large singular gem onto the ring piece. It was an inherent agreement between De Beers and the Soviet Union that birthed the eternity ring. The Soviets required the company to purchase around 90% of their rough uncut diamonds in exchange for control over a large portion of the world supply for diamonds. These rough diamonds were generally smaller in Carats, prompting the company to start a brand new campaign that eventually led to the creation of eternity rings. At the time, these diamond eternity rings were made with older married females as the target market.
Full Style vs. Half Style
Many found that having several diamonds set around the ring was quite cumbersome. This prompted the development of an alternative style which placed the precious gems only on the face portion of the ring.
– Full Styles
This is the conventional eternity ring design which sets the diamonds around the ring. While it is cumbersome for some people, it still remains to be a popular choice amongst women. There are several settings that conform to the traditional full style, most of which make it seem like the diamonds are floating endlessly around the wearer’s finger. To decrease the cumbersome and often uncomfortable feeling, manufacturers usually set smaller diamonds onto full style diamond eternity rings.
The nature of the full design makes it more challenging to make compared to the half style ring. These rings cannot be re-sized easily, making the number of diamonds to be used, as well as the number of carats, highly dependent on the size of the ring. Ultimately, the more diamonds and carats there are, the pricier the ring.
The half style ring answers the need of removing the inherent discomfort of full style rings while keeping to the overall symbolism of the eternity ring. Because the diamonds are only set across the face portion of the ring, half style diamond eternity rings are undeniably much easier to make and more affordable than their full style counterparts. While the full style is well suited for small stones, larger stones can be set in half style rings. Furthermore, more and more women now prefer the half style ring since it openly displays all of the precious gems.
The Ring for All Time
While diamonds are the usual choice for eternity rings, other stones like emeralds and sapphires can also be designed into these wonderful pieces of jewelry. Other designs predominantly use diamonds while adding in a few other types of gems. Couples can use many shapes and cuts for their eternity rings, from oblongs, squares and rectangles. To this day, diamond eternity rings remain to be the most popular anniversary gift of any husband to his wife, with its innate symbolism of unwavering and eternal love.