The eternity ring has evolved. Here’s what’s new
The eternity ring – a simple, precious metal band set with a continuous link of diamonds – is a traditional gift for weddings, anniversaries or births. But such traditions have evolved as jewellers rework the shape in modern and unexpected ways. ‘Eternity rings are no longer just for weddings or events but for any occasion – especially the new designs we’re seeing from Suzanne Kalan, Spinelli Kilcollin and Georg Jensen,’ explains Min Lee, Farfetch’s fine jewellery specialist. ‘So many brands are rethinking the eternity ring in such innovative ways right now, and creating pieces that are contemporary and have movement. And women are now buying eternity rings for themselves for their own commemorative moments and wearing them every day, layered and stacked in interesting, non-traditional ways,’ Min says of the ring’s burgeoning customer. ‘The eternity ring has transformed into a statement piece for many of our fine jewellery brands. And you don't have to wear them just on your ring finger – eternity rings can fit all fingers, including the thumb, mid-finger and pinky.’ Discover the most interesting new designs and shop the pieces here.
‘Our Horizon ring symbolises endless possibilities,’ the brand says of its signature orbiting design. ‘The central band is hand-set with 0.36 carats of micropavé diamonds and orbits between two outer bands.’ Created in 18kt rose, white and yellow-gold options, the Horizon ring’s revolving middle band is fully set with diamonds – unlike a half eternity design that’s only stone-set halfway around. ‘The De Beers Horizon ring is all about unique movement,’ says Min of the diamond specialist’s modern design. ‘The smooth turning of the inner eternity ring is perfect for those who love playing with their jewellery, and enjoying the flow and movement.’
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‘Another great choice for those who love to play with their jewellery is the Fusion ring by Georg Jensen,’ says Min. ‘Each of the rings is designed to fit into one another like a puzzle and can be worn alone or connected to create a statement cigar band shape.’ ‘People have a strong emotional connection to the Fusion line because of the unique locking design,’ explains Nicholas Manville, Georg Jensen’s chief creative officer. ‘It gives the option to wear one, two, or three rings at a time, and symbolises a truly personal connection between the wearer and those she loves.’
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‘Spinelli Kilcollin transforms the subtle eternity ring into a key statement piece with its signature stacked eternity rings that are held together with mini rings,’ says Min. ‘The signature bands come in a beautiful mix of sterling silver, white, rose and yellow gold and feature various shapes and colours of diamonds and gemstones. I’ve never wanted so many simple bands more. The sound of all the rings clinking against one another when held is so satisfying,’ she says of the mixed-metal design. ‘Each component of the Luna ring is hand crafted in 18kt rose and yellow gold, and linked together by our artisan jewellers in downtown Los Angeles,’ explains the LA brand.
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‘Suzanne Kalan is the queen of baguette diamonds,’ says Min. ‘Here, she’s integrated her signature firework motif into eternity rings that can easily stack with other traditional and non-traditional bands – it adds interesting movement, texture and colour.’ ‘I wanted to do something different from the typical, old-fashioned setting and instead create a thoughtful and modern design,’ says Suzanne Kalan of the rainbow bands. ‘Sapphires and diamonds are unevenly set in a seemingly scattered placement – high, low and asymmetrically – similar to how metal shavings might randomly adhere to a magnet. The 18kt rose-gold, diamond and sapphire rainbow eternity band combines the chaos of scattered baguette diamonds with large custom-cut gemstones.’
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‘Our customer has really embraced Chopard’s Ice Cube bands for both weddings and non- commemorate occasions to wear every day,’ says Min of a signature from the maison. ‘The half-pavé version (where diamonds are set around half of the ring) and full-pavé version (where diamonds are set around the entire ring) add subtle sparkle to the geometric cube motif. The structural design has varied thicknesses and gold tones – all made with recycled gold – and is popular with both fans of stacking rings, and more minimalist jewellery wearers. Even though it’s a popular bridal band, the faceted design and high polish of the cubes make it easily wearable for every day. You don’t have to be married or engaged to wear these bands.’
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