An eternity ring may be presented for a variety of reasons, such as an anniversary gift or as a celebration gift to honor a particular occasion in a relationship, such as the birth of a child. Eternity rings are often made out of a precious metal band set with a continuous line of similarly cut diamonds or gemstones to represent never-ending love.
Nothing screams “I’m in this for the long run” like giving your loved one an eternity ring. Nowadays, couples give eternity rings to each other for a variety of romantic reasons, but have you ever pondered who originated the trend and why we wear them on our wedding ring fingers? So, with our list of ten amazing facts about these magnificent items, you won’t have to wonder any longer. The idea of an eternity ring dates back 4,000 years to the ancient Egyptians, who were thought to present it as a symbol of both endless love and life. Early versions were made out of a metal circle set with stones, either on the top half of the ring or around the whole circumference. Some designs included a snake consuming its own tail to represent infinity and the cycle of life and death, known as the ‘ouroboros.’
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eternity rings are still available today, with precious stones often set in gold or platinum. Having said that, the creative options are limitless. While they may be set with any jewel of your choosing, the most popular is, predictably, the diamond. Diamonds have long been associated with unshakable commitment, faithfulness, and friendship due to their extraordinary strength and durability. And, of course, they are the most valuable stone, so it comes as no surprise that they are at the top of the list when it comes to romantic gestures. Diamonds, on the other hand, are thought to signify the future, functioning as a promise of an unending life of closeness together. This message is amplified when placed in an eternity ring, which encircles the finger in a never-ending band of significance.
The diamond eternity ring’s appeal goes back to the 1960s, due to a smart advertising effort by diamond dealer DeBeers. According to Edward Jay Epstein, an investigative journalist, the business had a secret contract with the Soviet Union in which it pledged to acquire 90-95 percent of Russia’s uncut diamonds in exchange for a single conduit controlling the world’s supply of these rare jewels. Because these Soviet diamonds were little (typically less than 0.25 carats), DeBeers devised a clever strategy to prevent accumulating. They made eternity rings out of the tiny stones and marketed them as presents for men to give to their spouses. ‘She married you for richer or poorer,’ one advertising tagline said. Let her know how things are going.’
Diamonds are traditionally presented to couples on their 60th wedding anniversary, but few of us can afford to wait that long. Modern eternity rings are given for a variety of reasons: some of us offer them as a gift after one year of marriage, while others give them after ten years. Others choose a different kind of milestone, such as the birth of their first child. In this case, the baby’s birthstone is often mixed with diamonds to increase the emotional significance of the ring. Eternity rings are also popular among people wishing to update their wedding bands, maybe because they are in a better financial situation than they were when they purchased their first wedding ring.
McGee Jewelry 5 whole round brilliant diamond eternity ring in platinum Eternity rings are available in a range of designs and bandwidths. Many diamonds nowadays are precision set, which means they are set by a machine to assure a flawless finish every time. Claw (also known as prong), bezel, bar, grain, and channel settings are available, but the claw setting is the most common because it maximizes the number of angles from which light can reach the stone, resulting in more brightness. The round, brilliant-cut diamond is the most common form of a diamond.
Many individuals prefer to wear their eternity ring in addition to or instead of their wedding band and engagement ring. So, why is it on the third finger of my left hand? According to legend, the ancient Egyptians thought that a blood artery traveled straight from the ring finger on the left hand to the heart. Despite the fact that there is no biological evidence to support this idea, the tradition lives on.
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Bigger is better when it comes to modern-day celebrity engagement rings. However, for Hollywood legend, Audrey Hepburn in the 1950s, subtle elegance was the rule of the day. Mel Ferrer, an American actor, proposed to the actress in 1954 with a slim platinum eternity ring channel studded with baguette-cut diamonds. When the pair married a few months later, he presented her two wedding rings, one in gold and one in pink gold, both inscribed with the wedding date.
A screen siren When she married baseball great Joe DiMaggio in the same year as Hepburn and Ferrer, Marilyn Monroe went one step further and elected to wear an eternity band as her engagement ring and wedding ring combined. The ring, a platinum eternity band studded with 36 baguette-cut diamonds, was sold for a whopping $772,500 (15 times its estimate) when it went up for sale at Christie’s in New York in 1999.
Elizabeth Taylor’s eternity rings were auctioned off at Christie’s in 2011. Christie’s provided the image. Known for her expensive diamonds, Hollywood heavyweight Elizabeth Taylor refused to settle for a simple band as her wedding ring when she married fellow actor Richard Burton twice! Burton gave Taylor diamond eternity rings for their first marriage in 1964 and their second marriage in 1975: the first, a baguette-cut diamond eternity band placed in gold, and the second, a circular-cut diamond octagonal-shaped band put in white gold. When the rings were auctioned jointly at Christie’s in 2011 as part of The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor, they earned a whopping $1,022,500.
The eternity ring has even sparked the creation of ascent. Calvin Klein purchased his new bride a gold and diamond eternity bracelet at the legendary estate auction of The Jewels of the Duchess of Windsor in 1987, the year after he married Kelly Rector. The ring, which is said to have been engraved with the word “Eternity” at the request of previous King Edward VIII, and the romantic connotation associated with it so impressed Klein that he named his next fragrance after it. Calvin Klein’s Eternity, launched in 1988, would go on to become one of the designer’s most popular fragrances of the time.