The history of the eternity ring is intertwined with that of wedding and engagement rings and dates back some 4000 years to the ancient Egyptians. All these rings, made from a circle with no beginning and no end, are given as a sign of ever-lasting love. Queen Victoria wore a gold snake engagement ring, which coiled around her finger in a symbol of love and eternity.
An eternity ring is generally given to mark a special occasion. It might be given at the birth of a first child, at the first wedding anniversary or after several years of marriage as a sign of renewal or continuing devotion.
The ring itself may take many forms but the most comon style today is a band with stones, often diamonds, set into the metal of the shank using channel, grain or claw settings.
The ring can be worn together with the wedding band and engagement ring on the same finger, or simply on its own.
A "full eternity" has stones set all the way around the shank. A "half eternity" ring has stones set around the front section of the ring only.
An eternity ring with a complete set of diamonds is impressive and dazzling and a popular choice, but a combination of diamonds with other stones such as sapphire, also makes for a beautiful and unusual ring.
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