If diamonds are forever, then there can be nothing more timeless than the diamond eternity rings! The full expression of this style is a continuous row of diamonds going completely around the finger with no beginning and no end. But as with other jewelry concepts there are many different variations on the theme.
Eternity bands feature a full range of diamond sizes from tiny pave styles to styles with diamonds large enough to push the limits of comfort as the total height of the ring increases putting outward pressure on the adjoining fingers. To accommodate this, some styles have diamonds that only go half way around. From the top they look like a continuous row, but on the bottom they are just precious metal. This allows for comfort and for adjustments to the rings size. (One of the major limitations of the full eternity ring is that they cannot be sized). Increased security of the diamonds is also benefit of the half or three-quarter eternity ring as there are no diamonds on the bottom of the ring subjected to wear and tear through gripping of hard objects.
Women's Eternity rings are generally worn with an engagement ring so matching the two is important. It is not uncommon for a second eternity band to be added to the set creating a three ring ensemble. This can be a great way to “grow” a wedding set in stages.
When choosing an eternity ring to go with an engagement ring it is necessary to not only find a stylistically compatible design, but also one that will fit nicely with the contours of the engagement ring. For this reason it is often best to purchase both rings at the same time. This is particularly true for half or three-quarter styles where the diamonds need to line up properly on both rings.
But many engagement rings feature versatile construction allowing many different women's eternity rings styles to fit comfortably with them. To go with the ‘mix and match’ theme, there are also options with alternating gemstones such as rubies and sapphires for a colorful and unique look. Different choices for metals and metal color are also available in order to create just the right overall statement. There is literally something for everyone in the world of eternity rings.