Whoever (okay, it was DeBeers, at least the concept was) came up with the name “eternity” to describe wedding bands and engagement rings that feature diamonds all the way around was a genius. Because who doesn’t want a whole ring full of diamonds, and who doesn’t want to say it’s because of the symbolism—an endless ring of durable, beautiful, everlasting diamonds? Either way, eternity bands have been popular choices for wedding jewelry ever since DeBeers figured out a way to use all the small diamond they were bringing in through a deal with Russia. That was in the sixties, and the rings are still bridal mainstays today. You’ll find lots of examples at pawn shops throughout South Florida.
Though all eternity bands feature continuous diamonds, the styles can still be different depending on how the stones are set—prong, channel, bezel, bar. Half eternity rings have stones only on the top of the ring, and are not only more affordable, but perhaps more practical and comfortable as well. For full eternity rings, prong settings aren’t recommended, as the prongs are more apt to snag. Bezel, bar, and channel settings that render your stones flush are considered best bets for preserving the diamonds. Because of the variance in styles, it’s best to choose an eternity band at the same time as engagement ring, to ensure a good match. If you’d like help, ask us at National Pawn and Jewelry in Fort Lauderdale, or anywhere you shop for jewelry in South Florida.
Eternity styles in colored stones are wonderful for anniversaries, Valentine’s Day, birthdays, or right hand rings. Eternity isn’t just for wedding—or diamonds—anymore.