What is an Anniversary Ring? Eternity Rings vs Anniversary Rings

Anniversary ring with 5 diamonds in Yellow Gold perfect for celebrating a 5 year anniversary

What is an Anniversary Ring?

Anniversary Rings are gemstone set bands, given to celebrate a specific wedding anniversary. Anniversary rings are typically purchased ahead of the Anniversary of marriage in readiness to present on the day. For example, an individually crafted Anniversary ring takes around 4-5 weeks to create. In contrast, an off-the-shelf design takes no time provided it is available in the correct finger size.

What is the difference between an Anniversary ring and an Eternity ring?

Eternity rings (also known as infinity rings) feature an uninterrupted row of diamonds fully set around the ring. In contrast, Anniversary rings have a plain section of metal under the finger.

Showing the difference between an eternity ring and an Anniversary ring

Half Eternity rings vs Anniversary Rings

Half Eternity rings and Anniversary rings look similar in appearance. In the UK, the term ‘Half Eternity Ring’ tends to be used. Diamond shapes, quantities and sizes vary from style to style. Furthermore, it is possible to vary the types of gemstone used in both ring styles.

What do Anniversary rings look like?

Anniversary rings and eternity rings look very similar. Classic styles feature rows of diamonds. Additionally, settings vary greatly. From channel settings and claw settings to vintage grain settings. In addition, width varies enormously from one design to another.

Classic channel set anniversary ring

Precious metal choices vary but usually relate to matching jewellery. For example, a Platinum Anniversary ring will be chosen to compliment an existing Platinum engagement ring or wedding ring. As a result, the wear, color, and appearance will remain consistent.

In contrast, alternative ideas for Anniversary rings include gemstones relating to specific Anniversaries.

Alternating diamonds with coloured gemstones

There are many coloured gemstone choices. Consider mixing the Anniversary gemstone below with diamonds. Interestingly, diamonds offer durability, sparkle and a neutral white gem to alternate around the Anniversary band.

Illustration: Katie Kerpel. © The Spruce, 2019

Anniversary Rings by Years

1st Anniversary – Gold

Many couples celebrate their First Anniversary with an exchange of Gold. Choose either White, Yellow or Rose Gold. In addition, we create bespoke Anniversary rings in 100% ethically sourced Fairtrade Gold.

Rococo versatile as an Eternity or Anniversary ring

2nd Anniversary – Garnet

3rd Anniversary – Pearl

4th Anniversary – Blue Topaz

5th Anniversary – Sapphire

6th Anniversary – Amethyst

7th Anniversary – Onyx

8th Anniversary – Tourmaline

9th Anniversary – Lapis Lazuli

10th Anniversary – Diamond

11th Anniversary – Turquoise

12th Anniversary – Jade

13th Anniversary – Citrine

14th Anniversary – Opal

15th Anniversary – Ruby

16th Anniversary – Peridot

17th Anniversary – Amethyst

18th Anniversary – Cat’s Eye

19th Anniversary – Aquamarine

20th Anniversary – Emerald

21st Anniversary – Iolite

22nd Anniversary – Spinel

23rd Anniversary – Sapphire

24th Anniversary – Sapphire

25th Anniversary – Sapphire

What finger and which hand do you wear an Anniversary ring on?

Choose an Anniversary ring for any finger that suits. Interestingly, there are no hard-and-fast rules for which finger to wear the Anniversary ring on. In contrast, Eternity rings are usually worn next to the engagement ring with the wedding ring sitting on the opposite side, closest to the hand.

Showing the Anniversary diamond bubble ring worn on the right hand

Showing the Anniversary styled Waverly 5 stone bubble ring, worn on the right hand

Matching the Anniversary year with the number of diamonds

If you particularly want to purchase a diamond Anniversary ring, why not match the number of diamonds to the year of celebration? For example, the Cersei (main image) is a five stone diamond ring, perfect for celebrating a 5th Wedding Anniversary

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. Anyone interested can connect with Mark on Linkedin via the profile link.

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. Anyone interested can connect with Mark on Linkedin via the profile link.