(Closed) Wedding band – eternity band or diamonds half way?

posted 8 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Which would you recommend?

    Diamonds all the way around

    Diamonds half way around with metal on the bottom

  • Post # 2
    1337 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    Is your engagement ring a solitaire?

    If your wedding ring spins enough to need diamonds all the way around, it’s too big.  In my search for a band, I found several cons to an infinity band:

    1.  You are at risk of losing diamonds; either the prongs wear, you get one caught on something, etc.

    2.  They cannot be resized.

    3.  For the diamond size that I wanted, the price of an eternity band was more than three times what I paid for my channel-set diamond band.

    4.  They can be uncomfortable.  Prong-set eternity bands tend to rub on the second and fourth fingers.  When I tried them, they irritated me.

    I find my channel-set band to be perfect.  I was able to customise it with a euro-shank, which makes it really comfortable, and keeps it upright.

    Post # 3
    1186 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: A very pretty church.

    2.  They cannot be resized – this is a big deal unless you are expecting to stay the same size forever…

    Post # 4
    85 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    My Fiance ended up going with 1/2 way diamonds, mainly due to the sizing issue.  My weight fluctuates.  🙁  Plus, I was able to get much bigger diamonds this way.  Total win!  😉

    Post # 5
    995 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

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    amf9201:  I had a custom-made 3/4 (it’s actually more like 5/8ths eternity really) eternity band. It has a very small piece of metal so that it can be sized and so that the diamonds aren’t constantly being banged around. I didn’t like the look of 1/2 eternity bands since you can see bare metal on the sides of your finger. If price is not a concern for you, it’s definitely something worth looking into!

    Post # 6
    306 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

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    Mrs Canuck:  great advice! I chose half way round for those exact reasons! 

    Post # 7
    4102 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 2019 - Canada

    I went with half-way for a few reasons; 1, Sizing issue – I fluctuate a lot and need to ability to resize. 2. A friend of mine lost a lot of diamonds due to prong wear on her eternity band. 3. I find them uncomfortable on the 4th and 2nd fingers. 4. My ering has diamonds half-way down the shoulders, so a half-way wedding band looked better


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    Post # 8
    962 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2015 - Mount Hermon

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    amf9201:  Loosing diamonds would be a huge factor for me if I picked a wedding band like that.  Also, the sizing issue.  Fingers change size. 

    Post # 9
    1172 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I chose about 3/4 eternity. Basically, when I’m looking at the inside of my palm, the solid metal part goes from web to web of my finger. When I look at the back of my hand, I can’t see any solid metal, just diamonds from the front and sides.

    I chose that mostly for sizing and because I’m hard on my hands.

    Post # 10
    2953 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

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    amf9201:  My w-band is half-way. We needed to be able to shrink up the band and there was a comfort factor too in that the band was tapered at the bottom so it was thinner and therefore more comfy to wear with my e-ring.

    Post # 11
    16 posts
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I was in exactly the same position wondering which way to go about a year ago now. I decided to go with diamonds all the way around despite the above mentioned comments and I love it! I did go for a bead set not a claw set though and the diamond’s do not rub at all as they are flush with the gold on the edge of the ring. I also thought this was a stronger setting so less chance of loosing them. We got top quality insurance to replace any if the worst were to happen in the future so I don’t have to worry.

    I wasn’t worried about the sizing issue as my mum hasn’t had ever her ring resized and we are the same build so I’m hoping for the best. If needs be we would get it resized-  it just wouldn’t be as easy or as cheap. 

    I also knew I didn’t want to get a third band to stack so wanted to go all out on the wedding band. I still enjoy seeing the shine on the underside everyday. My rings don’t rotate around much though as they are a snug fit but I just like having diamonds all the way around, makes me feel decadent and special. I am lucky to have small hands and my husband wanted me to have exactly what I wanted so we didn’t have to compromise on diamond size or quality.  

    Post # 12
    9784 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

    I have a diamond eternity and sometimes I wish I would have gone with a 3/4 or 1/2 eternity, because I can feel it scratching/rubbing on surfaces. We have metal door handles at work, and I can feel the door handle on my rings. It makes me paranoid that I will lose stones or something.

    Post # 13
    1710 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I would highly recommend 3/4 eternity. While I LOVE the look of a full eternity, however, I wanted the option of resizing it in the future. My mum has had her band altered many times (weight loss, pregnancy, arthritis etc). Also, a 3/4 shouldn’t spin enough to show the plain band underneath. Win win!

    Post # 14
    715 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I got two full eternity bands, and im very much wish ing I had gone with 3/4 bands instead. I didnt want 1/2 bands becausethey would spin constantly (didnt want to solder) but now after 3 yrs I need them sized down and ive taken them to 3 jewelers. The consensus is that it cant be done. Im so sad and mad at myself for not thinking of that in the beginning.

    Post # 15
    1702 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I went with a 1/2 eternity band just in case it ever needs to be resized, and it felt more comfortable on my hand than a full. Plus, I felt like the less stones my ring has, the less chance I have of losing one.

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