Eternity Bands vs. Half Eternity Rings: Which One to Choose for Your Wedding or Anniversary?

Eternity Bands vs. Half Eternity Rings: Which One to Choose for Your Wedding or Anniversary?

Considering an eternity band for your wedding or anniversary ring? Well, before you make a decision read up on the pros and cons of wearing eternity bands and why it may be beneficial to choose a half eternity ring instead. 

When it comes to commemorating significant milestones like weddings or anniversaries, selecting the right ring is crucial. Eternity bands and half eternity rings, each with their unique charm and symbolism, are popular choices. Understanding the differences, including the pros and cons, can help you make an informed decision that aligns with your personal style, budget, and comfort.

What is an Eternity Ring?

Eternity bands are popular choices for weddings and anniversaries, but there are some factors to consider before buying one. 

An eternity wedding ring is a type of wedding ring that features diamonds or gemstones that circle the entire band. The concept behind the design is to symbolize eternal love and commitment, as the stones create an endless loop. Their full circle of sparkle offers a stunning display of brilliance from every angle.

Bree Anniversary Band - Bezel Set Lab Created Diamond & Blue Sapphire Eternity Stacking Ring Wedding Band
Bree Anniversary Band - Bezel Set Lab Created Diamond & Blue Sapphire Eternity Stacking Ring Wedding Band

Pros and Cons of an Eternity Ring

While eternity wedding rings have gained popularity, they come with their own set of advantages and disadvantages. Here we will explore the pros and cons of an eternity wedding ring to help you make an informed decision.

Pros of Eternity Bands:


An eternity ring is the ultimate symbol of love and commitment, as the stones never end. It's a meaningful way to show your partner that your love is infinite, and you are in it for the long haul.


An eternity ring is a stunning piece of jewelry that sparkles and shines from every angle. The diamonds or gemstones catch the light beautifully and add an extra sparkle and offer exceptional brilliance.


Eternity rings are versatile and can be worn with other rings, such as an engagement ring or a plain band. They can also be stacked with other eternity rings, creating a unique and personalized look.



    Moissanite, diamond or sapphire Channel Set Eternity Anniversary Wedding Band


    Moissanite, diamond or sapphire Channel Set Eternity Anniversary Wedding Band

    Cons of Eternity Bands:


    Eternity rings tend to be more expensive than traditional wedding rings because of the amount of diamonds or gemstones used in the design. The cost can add up quickly, especially if you opt for high-quality stones.

    Sizing Challenges

    Because the stones go all the way around the band, eternity rings cannot be resized easily. It's crucial to get the sizing right from the beginning, or you may have to pay to get the ring completely remade for size adjustments.This is where a half eternity band may be a better option.


    The continuous wear and tear of an eternity ring can cause the stones to become loose or even fall out. This means that you may need to have the ring inspected and maintained regularly to ensure the stones are secure.


    Some people find that some eternity ring styles can be uncomfortable to wear, especially if they are not used to wearing rings. The continuous presence of stones around the entire band can feel bulky and can take some getting used to. This isn't an issue when you choose flush set stones. But prong set or channel set designs can be thicker overall and feel less comfortable.


        Half Eternity Rings: Practical Elegance

        Half eternity rings feature gemstones that cover only the top half of the band, providing a balance between elegance and practicality. They offer a more comfortable and versatile alternative to full eternity bands.


        Behind the scenes look at the creation of this platinum band with scattered lab diamonds. This is a custom variation of my Stella diamond eternity ring. But in this bespoke band the diamonds are only on the upper half of the ring.


        Choosing half eternity rings over a full eternity band has a few advantages.

        Pros of Half Eternity Rings:


        With fewer gemstones, these rings are generally less expensive.

        Ease of Resizing: 

        The absence of stones on the bottom half simplifies resizing. Half eternity ring are easier to resize one size up or down since they can be cut in the lower part where only metal is. Full eternity rings are almost impossible to resize depending on the design and stone setting style.


        Half eternity rings are more durable. Less exposure to daily wear reduces the risk of damage to the gemstones.The part of the ring on your palm side bumps into all kinds of things when you wear it. It you have gemstones or diamonds on the palm side of your ring they are more likely to scratch, crack or fall out needing replacement.


        The simpler design allows for more personalized customization options.

          If you want to create your own half eternity band with scattered diamonds just choose your preferred simple plain band (domed, flat, hammered or not) and then add flush set diamonds  in various sizes to fit the style you are going for and your budget.


          Cons of Half Eternity Rings:

          The one drawback with half eternity rings is that if your rings spin around easily the plain metal part may make it to the top of your finger.


          You could always add a few more diamond to go further around the ring to create a 3/4 Eternity ring which only has a small metal only portion to allow for some sizing.

          But there is something about full eternity bands with the sparkle all around the ring. They just look great from any angle like this yellow gold Stella band below. 

          Which would you choose, half eternity or a full eternity ring?

          In conclusion, an eternity wedding ring is a beautiful and meaningful piece of jewelry that symbolizes eternal love and commitment. However, it's essential to consider the pros and cons before making a purchase. If you prioritize symbolism, endless sparkle, and versatility,  an eternity ring may be the perfect choice for you. But, if you are concerned about cost, sizing, maintenance, or comfort, you may want to explore other options like an half eternity ring. Ultimately, the choice is yours, and the most important thing is to choose a ring that represents your love and commitment to your partner.


          Becca Bands - Alexandrite Bezel Set Stacking Half Eternity Anniversary Ring


           Becca Bands - Diamond and Alexandrite Bezel Set Stacking Half Eternity Anniversary Rings

          Frequently Asked Questions

          Q: Can eternity rings be resized?

          A: Full eternity rings are challenging to resize due to the continuous line of gemstones. Half eternity rings offer more flexibility for resizing.

          Q: Are half eternity rings more comfortable than full eternity rings?

          A: Many find half eternity rings more comfortable due to the absence of stones on the underside of the band, reducing bulk and irritation.

          Q: Is a full eternity ring a better investment than a half eternity ring?

          A: While full eternity rings often cost more due to the higher number of gemstones, the "better investment" depends on personal value, wearability, and budget considerations.

          Bree Eternity diamond bezel ring vs Brigid diamond bezel half eternity anniversary band


          Choosing between a full and half eternity ring involves balancing personal style, comfort, and budget. Whether you prioritize the unbroken circle of sparkle of a full eternity band or the practical elegance of a half eternity ring, the most important factor is that your choice symbolizes your love and commitment.

          Find the perfect balance between symbolism and practicality with eternity and half eternity bands, each offering unique advantages to suit different preferences and lifestyles.

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