Eternity rings are commonly given on significant anniversaries such as the 25th or 50th year of marriage. Eternity rings represent everlasting love and are a popular anniversary gift. Eternity rings are designed with a continuous line of stones that signify love throughout eternity.
In addition to anniversaries, eternity rings are also given as wedding gifts from husbands to wives to symbolize the start of an everlasting relationship. It is also customary for a husband to present his wife with an eternity ring to celebrate the birth of their first child.
Eternity rings are available in several designs. The most popular design for an eternity ring consists of a gold or platinum band set with a continuous line of diamonds. Another popular design consists of continuous white gold hearts with diamond accents. Low-cost options include sterling silver bands set with semi-precious stones or cubic zirconia.
Half-eternity rings also symbolize everlasting love, but they are designed with a line on the face of the ring as opposed to a continuous circle. The diamond eternity ring was created in the 1960s by well-known diamond merchant De Beers. In ancient Egyptian times, eternity rings were common tokens between husbands and wives. The design consisted of a snake eating its tail, symbolizing continuous and everlasting life.