A new selection of diamond eternity rings have been uploaded to our website today (15th August). Most are in platinum, but many can also be made in yellow gold if desired. Though the idea of a diamond band was around for a long time, it was in the 20th century that they really came to be popular. Often given to mark the birth of a child, they are also used for wedding bands, and anniversary presents. They can also be stacked, that is worn with one or more other rings; sometimes matching eternity rings are put on either side of an engagement ring, to give a terrific dress-ring effect.
There are several types of eternity rings available, and we have a nice selection in each type, both antique and modern. In general the modern eternity rings can be made up to order, either in terms of the metal or the size.
The first type is seen below, a channel set full eternity. The diamonds are hold in by the two channels at the edge, allowing each stone to be close to his neighbours. The diamodns extend all the way around the ring, so it is not possible to adjust the size of the ring.
The next type is a pavé set full eternity ring. Like the first example, the diamonds run all of the way around the ring, the difference is how they are held in. This type was very popular in the early 20th century, and is a very secure setting while at the same time letting in a lot of light.
A type of eternity which is very popular is the slim grain set ring; generally less than 2mm in width, the small diamonds still give sparkle, while the slim size allows the ring to sit very well beside an engagement ring.
The final style of full band is a claw setting, possibly the rarest type. Each diamond is in a four claw setting, so gives enormous sparkle. Generally these are the eternity rings that sit lowest on the finger, and sometimes offer scope to adjust the size of the ring, if the adjustment required is the same width as each individual section.
The main other category of diamond bands are the “half eternity rings”. These are so-called because the diamonds only run half of the way around the band, the back section is metal. These can be very practical, and allow for tougher wearing. (We still recommend taking care with all rings!). There are the same types of setting available, seen below are channel setting, pavé setting, grain setting and claw setting: