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Are Eternity Bands the New Engagement Rings?

Wondering if eternity bands can be worn as engagement rings? You’ve come to the right place.

For over a century, the round solitaire setting has reigned as the iconic design we think of, when we think of engagement rings. Pioneered by Tiffany and Co., it was developed by gemologists to lift the diamond up and out of the traditional bezel, filling all of its 57 facets with light. The result? The single most popular setting of the past 100 years. A style so ubiquitous that, like kleenex, it’s even used for similar styles, whether made by Tiffany or not.

But has the look run its course? Is that dazzling show of lights better suited for ballrooms than boardrooms? How about yoga? Are these traditional, elevated settings compatible with modern life?

That depends on you. But let us present the case for the eternity band as an attractive and practical alternative to the de facto solitaire.

Billie No. 1 — baguette channel band / eternity band set in 18K white gold.

WHY WE LOVE ETERNITY BANDS

Eternity bands can be super sparkly

Prong-set eternity and five stone bands can out-dazzle the finest solitaire. The prong setting allows the same amount of light to enter each stone as a solitaire setting — but with a lot more stones.

1/2 Carat Eternity Band in 18K Yellow Gold
1/2 CARAT ETERNITY BAND IN 18K YELLOW GOLD

Eternity bands are great for everyone

They’re a great look for both men and women. In fact, in contrast to men not wearing wedding bands, men’s diamond rings are a hot new trend. “Diamond wedding rings for men have gone from unusual to totally acceptable. Stylish guys love the subtle sparkle and sophistication they impart. In fact, after watches, diamond wedding bands are one of the leading categories in men’s jewelry today.” The Knot

Eternity bands are better for active people

The low profile of eternity bands is more practical for active individuals, makers, physical work, and hands that do things.

Billie No. 1 — baguette channel band / eternity band set in 18K yellow gold

Eternity bands are more affordable

Eternity bands typically use smaller stones than solitaires. Smaller stones are a lot less expensive — the price decrease is exponential. A 1 carat eternity band is a fraction of the cost of a 1 carat solitaire.

Eternity bands don’t get caught on things.

Think of putting on your favorite fuzzy sweater with a pointy rock attached to your finger. Many eternity bands, such as Billie No.1, our 2 Carat Baguette Channel Band have a smooth profile and won’t get caught on things.

Billie No. 1 Baguette Channel Band / Eternity Band in 18K Yellow Gold

SO WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE?

Risk of damage

With a full 360 of diamonds, there’s some risk stones can chip or crack on your palm side if they come into contact with a hard surface, like a door or a counter. Consider a channel setting to solve this. Billie No. 1 and Billie No. 3 are great options that can be customized with your choice or stone cut and carat.

Eternity Bands Can’t be Resized

Our fingers change shape over time and throughout the day. Full eternity bands cannot be resized. This can make them less practical if you’re having a baby or dieting. A partial eternity band is a good fix, because it can be resized. Just let us know and we can customize it for you.

Eternity bands can be uncomfortable if they’re too thick

Eternity bands are thicker than prong set solitaires. If you have sensitive skin or don’t enjoy the feeling of a thicker ring, it can be a big issue. If you’re not sure, try our home try-on and wear one around the house.

The bottom line:

A classic solitaire will always look great. But we also love to see eternity bands becoming more popular as engagement rings. Their wearability, beauty, and affordability makes them a great option.

Our 2 Carat Princess Cut Eternity Band2 Carat Baguette Channel Band, are timeless, classic staples great for men and women. Our 1/2 Carat Round Five Stone Band is a perfect balance between an eternity band and a solitaire. At a lower price point, our Cavier Pave band has just a hint of sparkle bezel set into pearl shaped beads of gold or platinum.

1/2 carat five stone band
1/2 Carat Five Stone Band