(Closed) Ladies with wedding bands that have stones all the way around…

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
18 posts
  • Wedding: May 2004

@SimpleGifts:  Hi there, I have a wedding ring which is 1 carat diamond channel set and the diamonds go all the way around.  I already had to have one diamond replaced which was not cheap and since getting it back another one is chipped.  I only now wear it when I am going ou/special occasions. Its a stunning ring but I dont know how people wear them all the time without damage.  

Post # 4
4478 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

 I don’t, but have you tried any of those types of rings on?  If you get a channel or bezel set eternity, the stones will be more protected, plus the ring will be more comfortable.  I’ve tried on shared prong eternity rings, and I have one ring with the stones going about halfway around. Personally, I find shared prong rings where any stones get between your fingers to be quite uncomfortable.  Maybe order a cz eternity ring to see how you like the experience?  You could also try a 3/4 eternity.

Post # 5
2981 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

If you want a full eternity, go for bezel or channel set. A lot of women find the shared prong rings uncomfortable and cumbersome to keep after. They are really pretty tho. I have a channel set 3/4 eternity. Plus, remember too that you can’t size a full eternity band.

Post # 6
7902 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

Why do you want a full eternity instead of a half? People won’t really see the underside and the stones are likely to fall out. I’m asking because some women worry the band will spin and reveal the underside but this can be fixed in any number of ways, the easiest of which is the have the bands soldered together. My jeweler advised us heavily against any type of full eternity for this reason (and because you pay a lot for diamonds no one is going to see).

Post # 7
9955 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

In the jewellery biz, any piece that features Diamonds (or gems) in a complete circle (be it a Ring, Earrings, Pendant etc) is known as an Eternity Setting.

This is a very popular look for Anniversary Bands (where the idea originated) or nowadays for Wedding Bands.

It is true that for rings when you have stones all-away around that there is more opportunity for damage from the wear & tear that comes on the stones that sit on the underside of your finger / hand.  BUT at the same time, the wear & tear isn’t just on one place, because there is no true up, down or sideways to these rings (so the wear & tear can be more even)… still though havings a ring with stones down is more prone to damage.

There are certainly some settings that are considered better than others for Eternity Rings, and for those who have a more active lifestyle… (see this attached website for some great info on that = http://guide.diamondpriceguru.com/diamond-and-ring-basics/ring-settings/choosing-a-diamond-ring-settings/ )

Personally, I have an Eternity Gemstone Ring and I love it (stones are prong & channel set.. with a filagree edge).  But then it is more of a fashion piece of jewellery, so I don’t wear it every day.

I would LOVE an Eternity Wedding Band, but more than likely would opt for a Half-Eternity Band (in that the dimonds don’t go completely around)… because ANOTHER significant downside to an Eternity Band where the stones do all-around is you cannot have the rings sized… as there is no “metal shank” to work with.  So, whatever size you have is the one you are stuck with… not that great for a piece of jewellery you want to stand up to the test of time… because I can tell you as an Encore Bride (I am over 50 years old) your fingers will change in size over time.

Hope this helps,

EDIT TO ADD … I was drafting at the same time that mrsSonthebeach was writing her excellent reply, hence the duplication in info.


Post # 8
1 posts
  • Wedding: May 1992

i have a shared prong eternity band and i never take it off. i swim, shower, play tennis, garden with it on. i absolutely adore it. it spins all the time (if you solder it, you can’t wear it alone). i love knowing it is a full band of diamonds… truly an eternity band and not an eternity-looking band. i don’t know if there is any damage to it. if there is, i can’t see it and it still sparkles today like the day i got it. even if there is damage, i don’t care. i love it. if i couldn’t have it, i wouldn’t get the partial… i would get something completely different. just my opinion tho.


Post # 9
403 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Thanks for the helpful advice, ladies!! I plan to get a channel set. 🙂

Post # 11
3618 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I have an eternity band, pave set diamonds. No problems so far. I’ve had my e-ring (which is 3/4) for 2 years, but only had my wedding band for amount 8 months. I just had the rings checked and everything was fine. I take my rings in for a semi annual check up as recommended by my jeweler.

Post # 12
4951 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

“My jeweler advised us heavily against any type of full eternity for this reason (and because you pay a lot for diamonds no one is going to see).

Mine said the same thing..that the upkeep is quite a bit more than another type. Mine would be considered a “half eternity.” I didn’t get it for that reason, I got it because it matched the band on my e-ring almost completely.

Post # 13
6124 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@SimpleGifts:  I know you were asking for eternity bands, but my is a non-eternity.  Just wanted to show you that it looks like the diamonds go all the way around, but behind the finger it’s blank gold.  I can definitely tell when it’s swivled around.  I think this since it does keep stones out of the way when grabbing things.



18K White Gold Flora Ring, side view

Post # 14
5096 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I have a channel-set eternity band that I inherited from my grandmother. I’ve been wearing it for a little over a year now, and so far, so good. (Knock on wood!)

Post # 16
4439 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

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This is mine, it completely looks like the stones go all the way around when it’s on my hand.  I’ve only had it 9 months and the underneath looks a little scratched, so I’m glad there aren’t any stones down there.  Would you consider a ring like this to avoid any problems? 

P.S. It’d also be a problem when you do re-sizing (if necessary).

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