Full vs. half eternity band for STACK

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
579 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I thought of that too. I actually wanted the 1/2 band to save money. When I talked to my jeweler, he explained that bands spin. More often than not, your bands will turn, leaving the stones face down. He told me a lot of women come back and purchase fulls after a few months because they get tired of spinning them back.

So, we’re just gonna purchase 2 fulls instead of the 4 fulls I wanted now, and get the other 2 later down the road.

Post # 5
1648 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

My original set had 2 micro-pave half-eternity bands and it was exhausting and annoying having to ALWAYS twist them so they were right side up. I would suggest getting the full eternity band unless you plan on soldering all of them together otherwise the constant twisting can get very frustrating. Good luck!

Post # 6
1677 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I have a half eternity and I had them soldered because of the spinning, so I agree with pp.

Post # 8
642 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I have a half eternity triple row pave band and I have no issue at all with spinning. The only time I might have a little issue is right after I wash my hands if I don’t dry them all the way. I think if you’re having major spinning issues, it might be that the ring is too large (you can always do the sizing beads). I don’t have my rings soldered either because I wear them separately sometimes.

I have a girlfriend with a full eternity and it drives her nuts – the stones inbetween her fingers rub and the prongs underneath her hand aggrivate her. 

I think with the design you’re going for, you’re not going to have a completely flush fit. I think the slight difference in size from front to back isn’t going to cause any more issue than the shape of the ring where the actual diamonds sit (if that makes sense).

Post # 9
700 posts
Busy bee

Runnerbride09:  I know some posters said otherwise, but my jewler very strongly advised for me not to get a full eternity band if I was planning on wearing it daily. There are so many times where you don’t realize what you do with your hands. Although it obviously would have been more money for him, he suggested that I go with the 1/2 eternity to avoid any damage to my diamond and my engagement ring. However, if its not an every day ring, then go for the full!

Also, if your ring is sized properly, it shouldn’t really spin all that much through the day (minus washing hands/being in water). I haven’t had an issue with mine, and if I do, its a quick fix of just quickly twisting it back, versus a more expensive fix of relaplacing a missing diamond

Post # 10
2031 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 1995

My diamond band is 3mm at top and 1.5 at bottmo. It sits fine and becaus I like my rings a tad snug it does not spin.

Post # 12
1613 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I have a half eternity band and it never spins.  I don’t see the practicality of having a full eternity band….much harder to size, and more prone to damage.

Post # 13
599 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I am not sure if these exist, but what about a half eternity with a euro shank? I have a euro shank on my ering and it really does prevent spinning for me!

Post # 14
456 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2003

Pro of an half eternity- if you ever need to resize, it’s not an issue.  A full eternity can’t be resized. Maybe go with a 3/4 eternity?  

Post # 15
337 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

MrsBagel:  Ohh – you’re jeweler I think just upsold you and not for all the right reasons – rings spin?  Of course if they’re not fitted correctly they would spin – and actually if you’re planning to have kids, I would actually suggest having your rings a little bigger.  Every single one of my friends post partum (and a few weeks at the end of the pregnancy) can’t fit their rings on – which is understandable, but for one girlfriend it’s been 13 months now!  She doesn’t have an eternity band, so the jeweler is able to size the ring, but an eternity band cannot be easily (or inexpensively) resized.

Interestingly, our jeweler actually supported NOT purchasing an eternity band at a higher price tag and provided two options:

1)  get a half band and add two extra stones on either side (so the look goes down far enough, you wouldn’t be able to necessarily tell if was half or full (if that bothers you, and the diamond look would still appear even if is moved a little).  he said all that happens to the diamonds underneath is they get scratched up and underappreaciated.

2) consider soldering the rings together – that way if they move, they move together (if that bothers you – which it’s really not annoying)

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