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A Ring for a Lifetime - Anniversary Bands

Jewelry is typically given as a gift to someone special and on a special occasion. Names and sentiments are purposely attached to some ring styles to drive home the intent of the gift. Some of the names are journey; Past, Present, and Future; engagement; wedding; anniversary and eternity bands. Some of the styles seem to overlap such as the anniversary and eternity. So, is there really a difference between the two?

All about Eternity Bands

An eternity band is made up of a complete circle of gemstones, usually diamonds. The complete circumference sparkles as it signifies eternal, unending love and devotion. It is a pledge of commitment from a man to a woman. Because of this, it is often used in place of a plain gold wedding ring. An eternity band makes a spectacular complement to any diamond anniversary ring.

Eternity bands can serve as more than diamond wedding rings though. This style can be given before marriage as an oath or pledge to commemorate a special occasion. A birthday, anniversary, Valentineís Day, a childís birth, or any old Tuesday- any of these occasions and more can be made infinitely more special with this sparkling token of eternal love.
It is very important to know the correct ring size when ordering an eternity band. This is because sizing this style can be difficult because it is made up of a complete circle of stones. If considerable sizing has to be done, it can throw off the symmetry of the diamonds and leave an obvious blank spot. Of course, this can be hidden by wearing it on the bottom.

All about Diamond Anniversary Rings

Itís obvious what this special ring commemorates: time spent together, love shared and what may come. Often, anniversary rings are reserved to celebrate one of the major milestone years such as the 10th, 25th or 50th. Yet, diamond anniversary rings are the perfect way to celebrate any year.

While there is really just the one style of eternity band, there are several different styles of diamond anniversary rings. Some are three stone pieces, some are diamond solitaires, and some feature a single large stone with smaller diamonds accenting either side. They can also resemble an eternity ring in that they have channel set stones that appear to go all the way around. In truth, the diamonds end near the bottom on each side. This makes them easier to size than eternity bands.

Anniversary Stones Gift Guide:

Anniversary Year Gemstone Gift Anniversary Year Gemstone Gift
1 Gold or Freshwater Pearls 18 Cat's Eye or Opal
2 Garnet or Rose Quartz 19 Aquamarine or Topaz
3 Pearl or Crystal 20 Emerald or Platinum
4 Blue Topaz or Amethyst 21 Iolite
5 Sapphire or Turquoise 22 Spinel
6 Amethyst or Garnet 23 Imperial Topaz or Sapphire
7 Onyx, Copper or Lapis Lazuli 24 Tanzanite
8 Tourmaline or Bronze 25 Sterling Silver
9 Lapis Lazuli or Tiger's Eye 30 Pearls, Jade or Diamonds
10 Diamond 35 Emerald, Coral or Jade
11 Turquoise or Jade 40 Ruby
12 Jade, Agate or Pearl 45 Sapphire or Alexandrite
13 Citrine, Malachite or Moonstone 50 Gold
14 Opal, Ivory or Moss Agate 55 Alexandrite or Emerald
15 Ruby or Crystal 60 Diamonds
16 Peridot 65 Star Sapphire
17 Amethyst or Citrine 75 Gold and Diamonds

How to Wear Eternity Bands and Diamond Rings

There are several ways to wear diamond rings. Obviously, if an eternity band is meant to be part of the diamond wedding rings set, it is worn on the left ring finger. But, it can be worn on either ring finger; it is simply a preference of the woman. Diamond anniversary rings are the same. They are also often worn in place of the original wedding ring set or in collusion with one of the two other pieces. There is really no right or wrong way to wear either of these pieces. It depends on how it matches up with the wedding set and on her personal preference.

Cleaning and Maintaining Eternity and Diamond Anniversary Bands

Diamonds are the hardest gemstone on the planet with a rank of 10 on the Mohs scale of hardness. This makes them perfect for diamond wedding rings sets that are worn every day because they are almost impervious to cracks, nicks and scratches.

An eternity band that also serves as a gold wedding ring is fairly simple to clean. The most important thing to remember with any channel set style is to check each stone to make sure it is snug in the setting. Then clean it with warm soapy water and scrub it gently with a brush.

A blast of steam is also a great method. The ultrasonic cleaner is not a great option for channel set pieces because it can easily loosen the stones with the agitation. The same is true for channel set diamond anniversary rings.

For pronged anniversary sets, make sure each prong tip is intact and that the stone is in tight. Then clean as normal. Provided the setting is secure, the ultrasonic is okay to use. If the piece is silver, use the special silver cleansers to bring back the original shine.

Giving a ring of a lifetime

Both of these styles can be found in gold or silver so they can complement existing gold or silver wedding rings sets. No matter the color, when she opens the tiny box containing her eternity or her diamond anniversary ring, it will be a moment she will remember forever.

Let her know how cherished she is with a gemstone that is as unique and special as she is. An eternity band is a gift that can be given whenever the mood strikes and the sentiment is real. Diamond anniversary rings help celebrate the day that two became one for life. There is no better way to make an occasion extraordinary than with diamonds.

Because diamonds are forever, this gift can become a token that is passed down from mother to daughter for generations to come.