Regular readers of the blog know how much I LOVE me some jewelry! Just this week I checked out 77diamonds.com and I feel good about introducing them to you. That’s a win-win for a jewelry-aholic like me and should prove win-win for you if you decide to give them a look-see. One of the items I examined and even did some research on was eternity rings. Most married couples consider the engagement ring and wedding band to be the symbols of their marriage, and of the bond between them that hopefully will never end. Even so, the eternity ring is another type of ring that can be just as meaningful and symbolic.
I really like the concept of eternity rings, because they’re usually given on a special occasions like an anniversary or other milestone. (I have a tradition of purchasing a nice piece of jewelry to commemorate every special occasion in my life – but that’s another post)!
A Unique Way to Put a Ring on It
Seems that eternity rings are now gaining popularity with both married couples and brides. Research indicates that the ancient Egyptians created eternity rings and gave them to their betrothed as a representation of the endless love between the giver and the receiver. What’s interesting is the fact that today, thousands of years later, these rings still carry the same meaning – but now they’re being used in engagements and as markers of significant milestones in a couple’s relationship.
Similar to engagement rings, eternity rings are available in a variety of designs, cuts, and stones. Modern eternity ring trends incorporate several small diamonds or gemstones like rubies, sapphires, and emeralds mounted on a metal band. Traditional eternity rings bearing a snake swallowing its tail haven’t gone out of style as modern brides are sporting altered versions of this classic design. Because of their distinction and versatility, eternity rings as engagement rings or wedding bands are becoming just as popular as the common wedding ring set, and diamond eternity rings from 77diamonds.com can be the perfect ring used to propose.
Cast the Bland Wedding Band Aside
If you’re a trendsetter and don’t feel the need to “go traditional,” a unique way to display your marital bond is to select an eternity ring instead of a common, plain wedding band. Turns out that this trend is nothing new – Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis all wore eternity rings. Monroe and Hepburn even went so far as to wear their eternity rings instead of the usual engagement ring!
Contemporary eternity rings come in a few different styles, whether it be a half eternity ring or full eternity ring, claw set or channel set. They don’t have to feature diamonds alone; they can incorporate diamonds and/or gemstones. In addition to different styles and cuts, beautiful eternity rings are currently available in many different metals. They can also be worn as a wedding band with an engagement ring or stacked in a set with other eternity rings.
Stand Out From the Crowd
This ring, Ladies and Gentlemen, is what I’m considering for purchase to commemorate the conferring of my Ph.D.! This style of ring also presents another option for trendsetting couples who want to use the traditional serpent eternity ring style to show off their never-ending love and true devotion to each other.
Traditionally, the classic serpent eternity ring was made of a single snake either wrapped around itself or of the serpent swallowing its tail. In addition, gemstones like rubies and emeralds were embedded in the eyes of the snake. This vintage style has been updated to include an array of stones and diamonds intertwined with multiple snakes. New features, such as the use of white gold and platinum (my choice!) in place of the traditional yellow gold, are also a hit with couples who are into the eternity ring trend.
Unlike other types of eternity rings, the serpent eternity ring is more often used to celebrate a notable event like a considerable anniversary or the birth of a child. Many spouses, such as actor Ben Affleck, present their significant others with eternity rings after the births of their children. No matter the occasion or magnitude of the event, eternity rings are a timeless expression of endless love and devotion.
Join in the Fray: When it comes to rings, are you a traditionalist – or a trendsetter?
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“You stewpid, Cole!” (in my Martin voice)
the anti-swirl says
Wife (reading Swirl Magazine): “Honey, why don’t I have an eternity ring? Everybody has one but meeeeee!”
Husband (busy fixing leaky kitchen sink): “Whaddya call that ring on your finger? It’s taking me an eternity to pay for it!”
Wife (putting down magazine and turning 60-inch kitchen TV to the Lifetime Channel): But it’s too small! It’s only three caraaaaaats!”
Husband (banging hand on monkey wrench): “Ow! That hurt!”
Wife (peeling orange and throwing rind on the floor): “Oh, don’t be such a baby! What REALLY hurts is seeing EVERYBODY with an eternity ring but meeeeee!”
Husband: “There! The leak is fixed. What’s next on my honey-do list? Oh, yeah, mow the lawn and rake the leaves. Coming outside with me, Baby?”
Wife (with petulant look) “I’m not going ANYWHERE, except to the mall for an eternity ring! Come on, that lawn can wait, I need an eternity ring! I’m tired of being a laughing stock! I wanna eternity ring, so I can show it off to ALL my girlfriends, and the ladies at church, and the gym, and yada-yada-yada…..”
Karla Fears says
Whatevs! I’ll take a man who isn’t afraid to show his love any day of the week!
Karla, your ring sounds beautiful! I know it’s especially beautiful because of all the love and thought that went into it. I love the fact that your husband recognizes, respects, and CELEBRATES who you are, and is proud to show you – and the world – how much he loves you. That’s powerful!
the anti-swirl says
*rolls eyes @ gullibility of males too eager to please their women*
Karla Fears says
I like the idea of an eternity ring. My husband gave me a non-traditional wedding set because I’m not a diamond girl. He also gave me two eternity rings: a diamond one (he likes them) and a ring he had made from jewels he bought in Kenya (pink sapphire, tanzanite and emerald). He designed the ring and then had it made in Thailand. It’s my favorite of all the rings he’s given me because of the work involved and how much thought he put into it.