(Closed) Eternity band or 1/2 eternity?

posted 4 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
5155 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

I know some prefer eternity bands, and they are pretty in terms of sparkle, but I prefer half or 3/4 eternities for the very fact I know so many people who can’t wear their eternity bands anymore due to limitations on sizing them up or down.

Even aging – without weight gain – tends to affect your knuckles and finger size, never mind if you add in things like weight gain or loss, pregnancy, medication side effects, arthritis, and so on. I am in my late 30s and at or near same weight as I was at 20, have not had children, do not take medication, and I can tell you my knuckles are still a tad bigger now then they were 10+ years ago! My fingers below the knuckles are the same size, but it has meant that I need a bit of a larger size to get on and off than I used to.

Of course with a half or 3/4 there is also less wear and tear on the stones.

If you are okay with replacing them entirely one day if you need to once your fingers are “settled” more, then try a full but otherwise I would look at a half or 3/4. The latter is less likely to spin all around if sized properly, if wearing with other rings (that tightens things up), or if you add speed bumps.

Personally, I also tend to prefer the feeling of more smooth metal between my fingers, but I know the feeling of stones/prongs is not something that bothers everyone. 

If you still want eternities, it is better to buy them a bit bigger and add speed bumps, as those can be removed down the road if you need the extra room. 

Post # 3
9773 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I have two bands that are 1/2 eternity but they are soldered together with my ering so no chance of spinning. I’d be super annoyed with it not lining up.

Post # 4
720 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

My wedding ring is an eternity band, and since I’m pregnant it’s put away due to swelling. Have you thought about comfort? I know some people find full eternities uncomfortable. Mine is bead set and bezel set so that’s not an issue for me. 

I would consider a 3/4 eternity if I were you 🙂

Post # 5
1009 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: The Retreat at Bradley\'s Pond

I have a 1/2 eternity band on both my ering and wedding band. 

No, they don’t spin, BUT.. and this is a big but… my wedding band sits pretty darn close to my engagement set and I think/wonder if the 2 keep each other center. That being said, if 1 wants to spin to the side (as it often does when I wash my hands) then both go together. And they aren’t welded together. I wonder with a solitaire/band if they would spin together or not. I guess my set makes it like a groove. 

I also hear that the higher the setting/bigger stone the more likely it is to spin. 

Otherwise, I wouldn’t want a full eternity band as you’ll probably scratch and mess is up a good bit and you’re paying for diamonds nobody will ever see. That being said, if you’re nervous I think the idea of a 3/4 option is the best route! 🙂


Post # 6
1015 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I have two Half eternity bands and I don’t have problems with them spinning a lot. If they’re sized correctly you shouldn’t have a ton of spinning.  A full eternity would make me nervous since you can’t size up if you need to in the future. 

Post # 7
406 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

My wedding band is a full eternity band and if I had it to do over again, I would have opted for a 1/2 or 3/4 band.  I’ve been married 7 months and already displaced a stone (and I take my rings off at night, cleaning, etc.).  My setting is pretty secure, too.  I’m actually thinking of getting a different band for daily wear. 

Post # 8
1115 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Mississauga Convention Centre

I am getting a 1/2 eternity band to go with my round halo

Post # 9
222 posts
Helper bee

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nicog :  I have a full eternity for my wedding band. It is channel set and it feels really smooth and does not dig into my fingers, and I have had no problems with wear and tear even though I wear it 24/7!

It was important to me that I wouldn’t have to deal with spinning; I think it gives me peace of mind that I don’t have to keep checking it to see it was in the right place. I know it’s psychological, but I had worn a half eternity for many years before and it drove me crazy. I felt like every time I looked down at my hand, the stones were at the back or to the side!

I know that the resizing can be an issue, so I got my band half a size up from my engagement ring just to give me some wiggle room in the future. But I will be prepared to replace it if my fingers get bigger.

I personally love it that I never have to check my rings and that whenever I gesture, my finger sparkles from every angle, even the palm side!

Post # 10
5620 posts
Bee Keeper

I prefer the halfs.  they fit better, they really do not spin much, and no one sees the sides or bottom anyway.

Post # 11
263 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I’m going for a half eternity as well. I’m currently losing weight — and weight issues are a problem in my family — so the idea of buying something I can’t resize makes me very nervous.

Post # 12
1482 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

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nicog :  mine is a 1/2 eternity with an extra diamond each side to ensure it doesn’t show if it spins. I personally wouldn’t want a full eternity because I feel like it would be uncomfortable and, tbh, unnecessary for my needs 🙂

Post # 13
675 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I have both. The one on top is a 1/2 eternity and the one on bottom is full. I like my rings a little loose for swelling, and the 1/2 would spin and I was always messing with my rings. Since I bought the full I’m so much happier. I’m one of those who never removes her rings and I’ve had no problems with it.

Post # 14
5397 posts
Bee Keeper

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nicog :  Half otherwise you can’t have it sized later. 

Post # 15
7493 posts
Busy Beekeeper

I have two new (yay!) full eternity bands as part of my three-ring stack in lieu of an engagement ring and I love having the stones and detail all the way around.

I had a half eternity as my previous wedding band and the spinning drove me nuts. I was concerned about the inability to size them but because I’m older, past having children, and ordered them 1/2 size larger than my ring size to allow for stacking I decided it’s not a huge risk. I’m working on losing weight so they’ll likely (or hopefully) be even bigger soon but that’s what sizing balls are for. 

As a younger bride I would choose a 3/4 or 7/8 band with a small sizing bar just in case–solves most of the spin issue and gives you options for sizing. Happy shopping!

ETA: I was a 4.75 when I married my exH 20 odd years ago. I’m a 5.75 now…

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