10 Top Tips for Eternity Rings

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Making the right choice when it comes to an eternity ring

Choosing the correct eternity ring can be quite a daunting task. There are just so many factors to consider when making the purchase, and getting the right style can be especially important when the ring is intended to sit alongside an engagement ring.

A selection of invisibly set diamond eternity rings
A selection of invisibly set diamond eternity rings

 

One of the first tips we would recommend when looking for an eternity ring, whether for yourself or your partner, would be to focus initially on the diamond.

Choice of diamond for eternity rings

The choice of diamond very often reflects the cutting style of the engagement ring that it will sit close to. Where the eternity ring design holds more than one cut of a diamond, try to ensure at least one style is carried across into the eternity ring. In the case of more difficult cuts, such as Pear Cut, Oval Cut, etc. the “Brilliant Cut” will suffice, so Round Brilliants and Princess Cut diamonds will all work nicely. For Emerald Cut, engagement rings or those set with Asscher or Carre cut diamonds we have a sumptuous range of Carre cut engagement rings that are precision set with Step cut (Carre) diamonds that match beautifully.

Choosing the width of a diamond eternity ring

The next thing to consider is the width of the ring. Try to select an eternity ring design with a similar width to the engagement ring (and if this is not a diamond set wedding ring) then a design that will also match the width of the wedding ring. If the engagement ring is 3mm above the finger, then a 3mm eternity ring will balance nicely keeping the proportions equal. Where shoulder diamonds exist in the engagement ring, consider approaching the company to submit your ring for a bespoke eternity ring, enabling the width of the ring, and size of the diamonds to be matched up for a better end result.

Thin diamond eternity ring

Eternity ring profiles and shape

The profile is equally important. Does your engagement ring have a flat outer face or does it have a court profile? Most eternity rings have a fairly typically court profile, so work well generally but some profile variations do exist. The depth will also need to relate to your engagement ring. Too deep and the two rings will appear stepped when alongside each other. Large diamonds require a greater depth of metal, so the size of diamonds will need to be suitable for the depth of your eternity ring.

Fitted and shaped eternity rings

Shaped or unshaped? The other factor you may have to work around involved awkward settings on the engagement ring. Where present, it might be possible to select a design with a slight curve, such as RHPS001 that gently contours in a curve to allow for an engagement ring setting.

Precious metals for diamond eternity rings

Usually best to match the metal type to the engagement ring metal already worn. Palladium eternity rings, Platinum eternity rings and 18ct Gold eternity rings are most common, but other permutations, such as bi-metal eternity rings do exist for added versatility.

Full or partially set diamond eternity rings?

The other question you may also ask yourself is full or partially set. Where diamond set shoulders exist within the engagement ring design, a bespoke half eternity ring is wise, to allow the end-point of both diamond sets to line up across the two rings. A fully set band will not lend itself to any size adjustment and the only option for size adjustments with such a full eternity ring would be the creation of small pips on the inner surface (making the ring smaller) which when polished out, would make the ring that little bit larger, something we do from time to time for clients. It is not generally known that such diamond wedding rings or eternity rings can be diamond set to whatever percentage of the ring you require. 50% set usually covers the entire upper part that is visible on daily wear, but if the ring turns on the finger, the plain metal underside can be revealed. 75% set eternity rings to allow for a small section below the finger that remains unset. Whilst some would argue this allows an area for resizing, in the case of most eternity rings, especially those with channel set diamonds, anything but a very fractional size adjustment is advised against to avoid disturbing such precision setting.

Mark Johnson

About Mark Johnson

Mark attended Liverpool University and went on to pursue a career in the diamond industry. After more than a decade working in polished diamonds, Mark moved to the Isle of Wight where he launched Serendipity Diamonds. He works most days from their busy Ryde showroom, photographing jewellery and writing for the Serendipity Diamonds website.

Mark Johnson

About Mark Johnson

Mark attended Liverpool University and went on to pursue a career in the diamond industry. After more than a decade working in polished diamonds, Mark moved to the Isle of Wight where he launched Serendipity Diamonds. He works most days from their busy Ryde showroom, photographing jewellery and writing for the Serendipity Diamonds website.