Marriage and married life have many traditions attached to it, from the proposal to the ceremony to certain events in the couple’s life together as a family. One of those traditions is the giving and receiving of an eternity ring to commemorate a milestone or special event in the marriage.
Symbolism and Significance
The concept of the eternity ring originates from the early Egyptian custom of giving an “ouroboros,” a circular token that depicts or resembles a serpent swallowing its tail.
Eternity rings typically have inlaid gems in a channel setting that go all the way around. Meanwhile, other eternity rings have a classic, shared-prong setting that shows off the gems. This is ideal for colored or sparkly stones because they are more visible this way compared to the “sunken” design of a channel setting.
The shape of the ring and the continuous line of gemstones symbolize eternity. Traditionally, a groom presents his bride with an infinity ring on their wedding day as a symbol of his enduring love and eagerness for their life together. It’s also a tradition for husbands to gift their wives with an eternity ring on the birth of their child or their tenth year anniversary. On the other hand, some have given eternity rings to their spouses as early as their first wedding anniversary.
In the end, it’s up to the partners to figure out what works for them and how to celebrate their marriage.
It’s Not Just Diamonds that Last Forever
Ring makers traditionally used diamonds in eternity rings to reinforce the message of “forever.” Today, however, it has become acceptable to use other gems. Moissanite, for example, is a very beautiful and sustainable gem alternative.
Charles & Colvard first created moissanite 20 years ago. The gem consists of carbon and silicon, has a 2.65 refractive index, and a 9.25 score on the Mohs Scale for Hardness. Diamond’s scores are 2.4 and 10, respectively. This means that moissanite eternity rings sparkle more brilliantly and are almost as durable as diamonds.
At the end of the day, it is the intent and sentiment behind the gift that makes eternity rings special. When spouses give a lot of careful thought over a gift like this, their partners can sense it – and they will be happier and more grateful for it.