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What is an Eternity Ring?


Eternity rings are beautiful pieces of jewellery which are lined with a circle of gems – usually diamonds, sapphires, rubies or emeralds. They can be given as a gift that signifies eternal love – the perfect romantic gesture for couples who know their love will last.

We have a range of stunning eternity rings here at Hancocks, but first, we’ll take a look at why these special pieces make such an incredible gift between lovers.

What is an eternity ring?

An eternity ring is made of precious metal and is traditionally set with small diamonds, or other precious gems, to represent everlasting love.

Many claim that the history of the eternity ring dates back 4,000 years to Ancient Egypt when they were given from husband to wife as a token of love. It’s a common symbol as the circle represents something that is never-ending, which makes eternity rings the perfect gift to represent lasting love.

Eternity rings are intricate and delicate, and it takes the skill and craftsmanship of a master jeweller to produce one. There are two different types – the “full eternity ring” and the “half eternity ring”.

What is the traditional style of an eternity ring?

The full eternity ring has diamonds or other precious stones in a continuous circle all around the band. The full ring is one of the most luxurious kinds you can buy. They are perfect for special occasions rather than day-to-day wear – their opulence makes them the right choice for times when fine jewellery can be worn in all its splendour. They are an amazing choice for those looking for a gift to mark an extra-special occasion.

One of the great things about an eternity ring is that the diamonds go all the way around the ring, so when the ring turns naturally on the finger, the dazzling effect will stay the same.

However, this can sometimes be a drawback, as the diamonds will be on the inside of the hand and get more wear and possible damage. Because of this, the setting is very important. A channel set ring offers the diamonds lots of protection, as does a 4-claw castle set ring and grain setting. Other designs of settings are a little more delicate so may only be suited to occasional wear.

Half eternity rings have stones set only along the top face of the ring and are seen to be a more practical and comfortable choice than full eternity rings.

These rings are usually set with diamonds, but some are mounted with different kinds of precious stones as well. Sapphires, emeralds and rubies all make an appearance, making them a perfect gift for those milestone anniversaries.

When should you give an eternity ring?


Eternity rings are usually bought to commemorate a very special occasion in a couple’s relationship. They can be given to celebrate the birth of a child or a special anniversary. They can also be used as wedding bands for a beautiful, sophisticated look.

Eternity rings represent cherished moments in a couple’s life together and can be passed onto children and grandchildren, immortalising eternal love.

How to pick an eternity ring

As eternity rings are such personal gifts, you need to carefully choose the correct shape, design and setting that your partner will love.

The type of precious metal your band is made from is also an important choice – some people love the classic look of gold, others the lasting elegance of platinum.

We would recommend choosing platinum over white gold, as the plating covering white gold can wear away over time, leaving a yellowish grey colour. We also suggest choosing a similar colour metal to your engagement ring if you choose to wear them together.

For a full eternity ring, we recommend the Three Row Diamond Set Broad Ring, a beautiful platinum ring that will melt the heart of anyone who receives it. For a half eternity ring, Brilliant Cut Diamond Half Eternity Ring is a beautiful piece set with sparkling diamonds.

If you’re looking for an eternity ring with colourful precious gems, we recommend the Round Ruby and Brilliant Cut Diamond Half Eternity or Sapphire and Brilliant Cut Diamond Eternity Ring.

We have a wide range of eternity rings available for every taste and occasion. To truly promise you’re eternal love, consider an eternity ring gift. Contact us for a consultation and find your partner’s perfect ring.