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A guide to eternity rings 

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An eternity ring is a wonderful symbol of everlasting love and commitment. These exquisite rings celebrate significant relationship milestones and can come in various styles, allowing for personalisation and versatility.

Explore the enchanting world of eternity rings and discover the timeless beauty they hold as a cherished symbol of eternal love.

What is an eternity ring?

Eternity rings feature a continuous line of stunning gemstones, often diamonds, encircling the band to symbolise the everlasting love and unbroken bond between two individuals.

At Ingle & Rhode, we offer a wide range of styles and designs for eternity rings, and while diamonds remain the most popular choice for eternity rings, we also source an array of traceable gemstones, including sapphires, rubies, emeralds, and more to create beautiful bespoke eternity rings. Whether it's a birthstone or simply incorporating favourite colours, the choice of gemstones allows for a truly personalised touch, making each eternity ring a meaningful representation of someone’s individuality and cherished milestones.

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Platinum eternity rings

The history of the eternity ring

The origins of eternity rings can be traced to ancient Egypt, where they were known as ‘unbroken rings’ symbolising eternal unity. Over time, these rings became popular in Roman culture, often exchanged as tokens of fidelity and devotion. It was during the Victorian era, however, that the concept of the eternity ring truly flourished. The continuous line of gemstones came to represent an unending and everlasting bond between two individuals.

Ingle & Rhode pays homage to this timeless tradition by carefully crafting their eternity rings with the utmost care and attention to detail. They ethically source the finest materials, including traceable diamonds and recycled gold, ensuring that each ring is not only a symbol of eternal love but also a testament to their commitment to sustainability and ethical practices.

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Grain set diamond eternity rings

When do you get an eternity ring?

Today, eternity rings continue to be cherished symbols of love and commitment. They are often given as anniversary gifts, renewal of vows, the birth of a child or to commemorate special moments in a relationship or even personal milestones. The designs and styles of eternity rings have expanded to accommodate different tastes and preferences while still preserving the meaningful symbolism associated with everlasting love.

Ultimately, the timing of when to give or receive an eternity ring is a personal decision and can vary based on individual preferences and cultural traditions. It is a meaningful gesture that signifies a deep and lasting connection between two individuals.

If you would like some guidance about when to get an eternity ring, get in touch and someone from the Ingle & Rhode team would be happy to help.

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Princess cut diamond eternity ring in white gold

How to wear an eternity ring

Eternity rings can be worn alone or paired with an engagement ring or wedding band. They can be placed on the ring finger of the left hand alongside the engagement and wedding rings, or they can be worn on other fingers or as stackable rings.

There are no strict rules on how to wear an eternity ring. The decision ultimately comes down to personal preference and what feels most comfortable and aesthetically pleasing to the individual. Experimenting with different options and seeking the advice of a trusted jeweller can help in finding the perfect way to wear an eternity ring.

If you’re unsure about how you would like to wear your eternity ring, book an appointment to come to our London studio to try some rings on and find out what suits you best.

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Cut down set diamond eternity ring in platinum

Popular eternity ring styles

Eternity rings come in a variety of styles, allowing individuals to choose a design that suits their personal tastes and preference.

A full eternity ring features gemstones encircling the entire band, creating a continuous line of sparkle. The gemstones across the entirety of the ring offer a stunning display of brilliance and elegance from all angles.

On the other hand, half eternity rings feature gemstones that are set only across the face of the ring, typically covering the top half. This design provides a touch of sophistication and ensures comfortable wearability. Half eternity rings can be more practical for daily wear and may be preferred for their comfort and ease of resizing.

Lastly, instead of a continuous row of the same gemstones, some eternity rings feature alternating gemstones of different colours, sizes or shapes. This style adds visual interest and can create a unique and eye-catching effect.

It's important to choose an eternity ring style that reflects your personal style and complements your existing jewellery. Whether you prefer a classic and timeless design or something more contemporary and unique, there are plenty of options to choose from to find the perfect eternity ring for you. Browse our collection of classic eternity rings, available in your choice of four precious metals:

Alternatively, contact us if you would like us to help you create the perfect bespoke eternity ring.

Eternity rings vs promise rings

When it comes to symbolising commitment and love, eternity rings and promise rings each have their own unique significance. 

Eternity rings, with their continuous line of dazzling gemstones, epitomise unending love and everlasting bonds. They are typically given to mark significant relationship milestones, anniversaries, or the birth of a child. In contrast, promise rings symbolise a commitment or promise made between two individuals. These rings can represent a pre-engagement, a vow of friendship, or a commitment to abstinence or sobriety.

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Channel set diamond eternity ring


How much do eternity rings cost?

The cost of an eternity ring can vary significantly depending on several factors, including the quality, quantity and size of the gemstones, the metal used for the band, the finger size, the craftsmanship, and the overall design. Intricate and unique designs, as well as skilled craftsmanship, can contribute to the cost of an eternity ring. Bespoke rings may be priced higher due to the additional time and effort involved in their creation.

As a rough estimate, Ingle & Rhode’s classic collection of half-eternity ring set designs starts from £1,295, and for bespoke eternity rings we’re very happy to advise and can work to your budget and specifications.

Do men wear eternity rings?

While traditionally worn by women in the past, people of all genders are now recognising the significance of these timeless pieces and incorporating them into their personal style.

The decision to wear an eternity ring is a personal choice and can vary based on individual preferences and the significance the ring holds for the wearer. It's important to remember that there are no set rules when it comes to ring-wearing, and personal preference and comfort should guide the decision.

How long do you have to be married to get an eternity ring?

The decision of when to get an eternity ring after marriage is a personal one, and we understand that every couple's journey is unique.

Traditionally, couples would wait until a milestone such as a ten-year anniversary to exchange eternity rings. However, modern trends have expanded the timeframe for acquiring these cherished symbols of everlasting love. Some couples choose to commemorate their first anniversary or other significant moments in their journey together. 

Ingle & Rhode celebrates the idea that there is no fixed timeline for embracing eternity rings. When the time feels right for you and your partner, our experienced team will be there to guide you in selecting the perfect eternity ring that aligns with your values and celebrates your unique journey. Whether it's a one-year anniversary or a significant milestone, the beauty and significance of an ethical fine jewellery piece from Ingle & Rhode will continue to resonate throughout your marriage.


Eternity rings symbolise everlasting love and commitment, celebrating significant relationship milestones with their exquisite designs. Available in various styles for personalization, these rings feature a continuous line of stunning gemstones, often diamonds, encircling the band with breathtaking beauty.

Ingle & Rhode takes pride in crafting these timeless pieces with meticulous attention to detail, ensuring every ring is a unique expression of love. We offer a wide range of diamond eternity rings, as well as bespoke eternity rings with traceable gemstones like sapphires, rubies, and emeralds.

Bianca Utihata
Bianca Utihata is part of the Ingle & Rhode sales executive team. Her role involves engaging with clients, managing sales, and providing expert advice so people can make a conscious choice. Bianca is passionate about ethical and sustainable practices, and she believes in promoting the use of responsibly sourced materials in the jewellery industry. She is commitment to transparency and is dedicated to helping customers make informed choices when it comes to purchasing ethical jewellery.