Eternal Love: Eternity Rings for Valentine’s Day

Feb 08, 2012

Hearts are naturally one of the most popular choices in jewelry design for Valentine’s Day. What represents love better than a heart? If you’re looking for something unique this Valentine’s Day, tell her not only that you love her, but that you’ll love her forever with an eternity ring.

The History of Eternity Rings

Eternity rings share a similar history with wedding bands. Wearing a ring on the left-hand ring finger stems from an old Egyptian belief that that particular finger contained a vein that led directly to the heart. Eternity rings are different from the traditional wedding ring in that they are set with gemstones of the same size and cut all the way around the band, symbolizing eternity. Since wedding bands symbolize marriage, eternity bands are often a popular choice for anniversaries as a way to re-affirm eternal love.

The popularity of eternity rings was revitalized in the 1960’s by De Beers, the renowned diamond merchants responsible for the prestigious Forevermark Diamond brand. They were advertised as an ideal anniversary gift for married women.

Eternity Ring Styles

Eternity rings are commonly set with round-cut diamonds, but styles have changed to include other gemstones such as sapphires and rubies and princess cuts. The gemstones are either flush-set (directly into the metal) or channel-set (the gemstones have a metal edge above and below along the ring shank. This makes it more comfortable to wear eternity rings since the gemstones are set all the way around the band and prong settings would get in the way.

How to Wear an Eternity Ring

The wedding ring always goes on first. After that, it’s just a matter of preference as to whether to wear your engagement ring next, the eternity band, or just the eternity band with the wedding band. Although it has become more popular to have a wedding band that is an eternity band.

Regardless of style, an eternity ring is a classic gift of undying love that will be sure to make anyone feel cherished on Valentine’s Day.

Established in 1912, the King family has owned and operated King Jewelers for five generations while building an outstanding reputation steeped in quality, value, and first-class service. Today, King Jewelers has brick-and-mortar stores located in Aventura, FL and Nashville, TN, both of which have won numerous regional and national awards of distinction. Offering a magnificent selection of fine jewelry collections including the hottest Italian designs, estate jewelry, colored gemstones and fancy-colored diamonds, as well as luxury European timepieces, King Jewelers prides itself in being one step ahead of the trend. In addition, King Jewelers offers on-site jewelry and watch repairs, custom design services, appraisals, estate buying, and corporate gift programs. For more information, visit www.kings1912.com.

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