Post # 1
Fi and I just bought our wedding rings yesterday..EEE!!
The lady selliing them to us showed us the eternity ring that goes with my engagement and wedding ring. She then explained that you get an eternity ring when you have your first child together… how did I not know about this!?! Is this just common knowledge?
Post # 3
They just keep coming up with more and more ways to sell jewelry… that’s basically it, lol.
Post # 4
@lampshade: haha I wondered if that might be it! I loved how it looked altogether though so I’m not complaining about getting another shiny ring to add on later down the track hehe
Post # 5
@HopefulSim: that’s the first time i’ve heard that. i’ve heard so many other things about eternity bands too.
@lampshade: i agree.
Post # 7
They are telling you that to get you to spend $$$ when you have a kid. No, it’s not the norm. Eternity bands are also pretty impractical – ESPECIALLY once you have a kid! Can you imagine what will get caked in all those little prongs once you’re changing diapers multiple times a day?!
Post # 8
@HopefulSim: You can get an eternity band anytime, not just when you have your first child is born. You could also use the eternity band as a wedding band. But like the PP said I think she was just using it as an excuse to sell more jewelry.
Post # 9
@crayfish: Yeah that’s true. I already have a 3 year old(FI not the father). And if I remember correctly I would also need to wait until my fingers go back to their normal size post-pregnancy.
Post # 10
Yes. First they came up with diamond wedding bands to increase the prices. Then they marketed them as “anniversary bands” and they were either full or half or channel set eternity bands. And then there were “push presents” – the idea that a woman must be presented with jewelry upon the birth of a child (ANY child, not just the first).
I have nothing against either eternity bands or jewelry for any occasion, but all of these things are always optional. It depends on the woman and on the couple. In some parts of the country they are very common, and in other areas they are still mostly uheard of. So don’t let the jewelry store make you believe that you would be the only person without whatever piece of jewelry they are strying to sell you!
Post # 11
I’m getting an eternity band as my wedding band because we’re CBC. So I’d never get one otherwise.
Post # 12
Um…. didn’t think there was meaning behind it… I just wanted one for the bling!
Post # 13
@HopefulSim: No. I’ve never heard that. I think she’s telling you stories so that she can make another sale when you have a baby.
Post # 14
@Helloemi: yeah, I want one because it looks so pretty!
@echomomm: I do like the idea of push presents! However, I would not be disappointed if I didn’t get anything. I just want more pretty jewellery! 😉
Post # 15
This is what my SO has always said. These days lots of people buy them for wedding bands, though.
Traditionally I think they were meant for the birth of the first child, though.
Post # 16
@HopefulSim: I am from NZ too and I got two thin diamond rings for our first anniversary. Planning to get a nice new watch or gemstone ring got first baby 😀