History of the Eternity Ring
This symbol of everlasting love makes a perfect wedding or engagement ring
By Alan Kirk
Eternity rings symbolize the feelings, such as love and commitment, of a person giving another the ring. It is called an eternity ring because it is meant to represent the lasting nature of these feelings. Eternity rings vary in appearance, but they are often a plain band decorated with stones. Regardless of appearance, the intent of an eternity ring is to express the feelings the giver has for the recipient.
An eternity ring is often chosen to represent everlasting love (and thus is often used as a wedding or engagement ring) but can be given on other occasions as well. Some of the other emotions and occasions eternity rings can celebrate include the pride a parent has in his child graduating from high school or college or the gratitude a child has for the length his parents' marriage has lasted.
There are two common types of eternity rings. A full eternity ring has stones around the entire surface of the ring, with the diamond being the most commonly used stone. A half eternity ring has stones covering only half of the circumference of the ring.
Eternity rings are often given on holidays or special occasions. They are commonly given on romantic occasions, such as an anniversary or Valentine's Day, but the eternity ring can also be presented as a gift to a mother when she gives birth or from a parent to a child as a graduation gift.
Eternity rings can be decorated with a variety of stones. Each of the individual stones can have a special meaning -- for example, they could represent the number of children a parent has or the years a couple has been married. The stones can also be purely decorative.
Eternity rings come in a variety of appearances, with the most common stones used being diamonds. Other stones can be used on the eternity ring for decorative purposes, or to symbolize a specific date, such as a birthstone.
About the Author
Alan Kirk has been writing for online publications for several years and is a contributor to DexKnows.
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