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History of Eternity Rings Why It is Called an Eternity Ring

Updated on August 16, 2013

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Interesting Historical Fact About Eternity Rings

Dating back as far as 2800 BC, ancient Egyptians exchanged jewelry in the form of rings, believing that the circular shape of a ring symbolized eternity. The rings, when given were symbolic of everlasting love from the giver of the ring. Historic eternity rings were simply a circle of metal. The design of the modern day eternity ring is one where diamonds and/or gems are set in a manner where the diamonds and gems circle all around the metal with no beginning or end. These designs are called full eternity rings. There are also half eternity rings where the diamonds and gems are set only partway around the metal. The eternity ring was and still is known as the symbol of everlasting love.

Eternity rings began as the ring given as a wedding ring. The ring was placed on the third finger of the left hand, because, ancient Egyptians believed that this finger contained the “vena amoris”, meaning, “the vein of love”.

Nowadays, eternity rings are the jewelry given for any special occasion where someone would want to express their love forever. Eternity rings are given as wedding rings, anniversary rings, and other special occasions to mark specific milestones in a couple’s life, such as the birth of a child.


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