Eternity rings and infinity rings sound similar, but the two are different in their design. Their intent is identical, that is, to profess everlasting love. One of them is an option for your engagement ring while the other is an extra ring.
What is an Eternity Ring?
An eternity ring consists of diamonds all-round the band, symbolizing commitment and undying love. The eternity ring is sometimes given to brides together with an engagement or wedding ring. The ring is given later into the relationship or marriage or in commemoration of an anniversary.
In terms of traditional rings, a diamond eternity ring is new in the field. The British company De Beers happened to be the same company that started the craze for engagement rings in the 1930s first created it.
You can quickly get a diamond engagement ring with paving stones around and underneath the band, but it still does not make it an infinity ring. The head holding the centerpiece diamond in place has been fixed to the band, preventing the diamond from forming a circle. Traditionally, this ring is different from an eternity ring.
Traditionally, the wedding ring is worn on your left hand on the ring finger. You wear it first, so it is the closest to your heart. If you want to wear all the rings on the same finger, you wear the engagement ring, then last, the eternity ring.
What is an Infinity Ring?
An infinity ring has the same significance as an eternity ring. It symbolizes eternal love. Instead of the endless diamond circle, the infinity ring has a design that has the infinity sign or figure 8, which signifies infinite love. The infinity sign can be added into an infinity ring in different ways. Some rings incorporate the infinity symbol at the ring top where the center diamond should go.
Which Finger Should the Eternity and Infinity Rings be worn?
Some traditions dictate that you should wear infinity rings on the 4th finger of either hand. This is not the appropriate standard of wearing infinity rings. You may decide to wear the ring on whichever finger on either hand. You can wear it on the same hand you wear any other rings as a fashion statement.
An eternity ring is worn on the ring finger of your left hand alongside your engagement and wedding ring. The eternity ring is worn between the wedding ring and the engagement ring. You can wear the ring any way you please, as long as you are comfortable with it.
When to Give an Eternity or Infinity Ring
Traditionally, it would be best if you gave eternity and infinity rings to the significant other when the first child is born or during your 10th anniversary. The rings can also be given as a:
- Birthday present
- Valentine’s day gift
- Christmas gift
Metal to Use for Infinity Rings
You can use a variety of metals for an eternity or infinity ring such as:
- Platinum is one of the hardest precious metals, is hypoallergenic, scratch-resistant and the most durable.
- Gold which is the most pliable of the metals and must be mixed with other metals because it is too soft when pure.
- Palladium is lighter than Platinum and is hypoallergenic and resists tarnishing. Palladium has excellent workability and is the best metal to fashion.
- Sterling silver has an excellent finish. It has the appearance and qualities of most precious metals such as luster, reflectivity and malleability.
- Titanium is resilient, tough and affordable. Titanium is hypoallergenic, lightweight and resists damage, as it does not bend. Titanium cannot be resized due to its strength.
Eternity and Infinity rings can be given to significant others during special occasions such as the birth of a first child or a 10th anniversary. These rings hold sentimental value to the giver and the receiver. They can be made from various metals such as gold, sterling silver, platinum or palladium.
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