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How to Wear Engagement and Wedding Eternity Rings

Updated on September 19, 2013

Eternity Rings for Engagement and Wedding

Eternity rings are rings that have diamonds or other jewels (such as sapphire, ruby, and emeralds) placed all the way around the metal (such as white gold, yellow gold, platinum, or silver) in an endless circle. There are also eternity rings where the jewels are placed only halfway around the metal. These are known as “half” eternity rings. When people speak about eternity rings, generally, it is safe to assume they are referring to full eternity rings. There are no hard and fast rules for giving and wearing eternity rings; they are a symbol of love and devotion for whatever occasion they are given.

How to wear eternity rings is especially significant when determining how to wear engagement and wedding rings. Traditionally, the engagement and wedding ring is worn on the third finger of the left hand. Then, on the day of the wedding, the engagement ring is removed from the bride’s finger so that the ring finger is bare when the groom ceremoniously places the wedding ring on the bride’s finger. It is some time after the ceremony that the bride may decide to place the engagement ring back on the same finger as the wedding ring, leaving the wedding ring in place so that the bride may wear her wedding ring closest to her heart.

An eternity ring is jewelry, which can be worn many ways. Often, eternity rings are worn on the ring finger of the right hand. However, eternity rings may be worn with the engagement ring or with the wedding ring. Usually, eternity rings are not worn with both the wedding ring/engagement ring setting. This is mainly due to style. In some cases, when it is more stylish and complimentary, women will move their wedding band to the ring finger of the right hand. It really is all a matter of preference.

In the case where the eternity ring is the actual wedding ring or engagement ring, wearing the eternity ring on the left hand is especially appropriate.


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      Marlene Bertrand 5 years ago from Northern California, USA

      That's the way to do it, my friend. Both my engagement ring and wedding rings are "half" eternity rings. My husband had them designed for me while he was in Singapore. He also designed a matching set for himself. I really like them a lot.

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      Tricia Mason 5 years ago from The English Midlands

      Hi :)

      Unfortunately, my engagement ring no longer fits me and I managed to lose my wedding ring at some stage ~ I know not how ~ so I wear my eternity ring on my ring finger (third finger left hand)