Your wedding band is destined to be worn forever. When mulling over your options, it is of course crucial to consider practicalities such as budget and durability. What’s most important of all, however, is that your ring satisfies your unique personal style, making you feel as special as can possibly be. Whether you find comfort in the traditional or you’ve a lust for deviant design, you owe it to yourself to choose a wedding band that is, in some way, reflective of you.
The short answer is: Yes.
By definition, the eternity ring is a design characterised by diamonds or any other type of precious gemstone set across the entire band, their endlessness symbolic of eternal love. Traditionally, eternity rings are gifted from spouse to spouse post-marriage, usually as a means of celebrating a special occasion like an anniversary. Though this is the conventional expectation of an eternity ring, essentially all we’re dealing with here are bands encrusted with sparkling stones. If bling’s your thing, there’s no reason that an eternity design couldn’t fulfil the wedding band role!
Experience has also taught us that eternity-cum-wedding rings reside in a sweet spot between ‘unconventional’ and ‘suitable’. Though not necessarily a customary wedding band design, the eternity ring is a timeless blueprint that ages well and tends to be a hit with older and more traditional members of the family.
Traditional western wedding bands tend to be plain, polished and cast in a hard-wearing precious metal like gold or platinum. Their ergonomic and often modest designs are reflective of a need for comfort, practicality and longevity. This doesn’t mean that conventional wedding bands are the be-all and end-all, but their functional nature does serve as a benchmark from which to ask yourself some fundamental questions.
“Will I still love this wedding band when I’m 60?” is perhaps the most pressing of them all. Another: “Is this design equipped to withstand the trials and tribulations of my day-to-day life?” Living in the here-and-now is tons of fun, but the future you also deserves to be considered when you’re picking out an enduring piece of jewellery.
Historically, it was customary for a bride and groom’s wedding bands to match via corresponding designs. From Turkey to Arabia and China, various cultures have even embraced the tradition of wearing wedding bands that fit one another like puzzle pieces!
Nowadays, traditions are loosening and weddings serve as a fun opportunity for bride and groom to collaborate in a way that celebrates each of their unparalleled personalities. Whilst your partner might have their mind set on a simplistic polished band of yellow gold, your heart might be set aflutter by a twinkling loop of blue sapphires – and that mismatched cohesiveness is a beautiful encapsulation of you as individuals.
If - after careful consideration - you’re confident that a sparkling eternity ring is a bit of you, the next decision you’ll need to make is one measured in carats.
A band set with a full hoop of gemstones – a traditional eternity ring - embraces the romantic symbolism of eternal commitment.
Meanwhile, a half-set band packs peripheral sparkle at half of the price. Half-set bands are therefore a crafty means of staying within budget, but they can turn on the finger, revealing a plain underside from time to time. If you’re a bit of a perfectionist, this is worth taking into consideration.
If you feel that a one-of-a-kind design would better reflect you as an individual, we’d be over the moon to work with you on a bespoke commission. Check out our gallery of previous bespoke masterpieces to get those creative juices flowing.
Just like our manufacturing workshops, we’re based in Hatton Garden, London’s historic jewellery quarter. If you’d like to view our sample eternity rings or bounce some bespoke ideas around, contact us today to book an appointment at the London Diamond Bourse.