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Sunday 9 February 2014

Eternity Rings, a celebration of togetherness forever…

Out of all human emotions, love is the one that is etched in our hearts and minds forever. It is difficult to forget your first love, or the man/woman who asked you out for the very first time, isn’t it? Memories of love, in its various forms, always have an association that we hold dear, irrespective of the time lapse between them. Love is eternal. So why should a symbol of love be anything less. Feast your eyes therefore on the ‘Eternity Ring’.

Eternity Rings: An expression of ‘Forever Love’:

An eternity ring is a ring which crafted normally in gold, white gold or platinum, and then embellished with diamonds of an identical cut. These were first marketed by De Beers in the 1960s and were aimed specifically at older married women, who already, in most cases had their single stone wedding rings and were looking at a more cost effective, yet trendy and evocative second ring, to accessorise their garments with.

Eternity Rings though the ages:

While De Beers may have coined the term ‘Eternity Ring’, it would be erroneous to credit their creation to the former. Eternity Rings have been around in one form or the other for millennia. For instance, the ancient Egyptians used rings that are surprisingly akin to modern ‘Eternity Rings’ to celebrate different occasions, from the matrimonial union of man and woman, to the birth of a child (rings with different stones were given as congratulatory gifts to the mother), to offerings in temples as gratitude for prayers answered. Many historians also report similar rings being used for ceremonial purposes in ancient Sumer, India and South East Asia.

What Eternity Rings signify today:

In today’s ethos, ‘Eternity Rings’ have a more specific symbolism. Unlike the ancient Egyptians, modern rings are almost always used to commemorate the celebration of a particular milestone in a marriage. Whether it is a particular anniversary, or in the case of couples who have been dating for a long time, to mark the desire to embark upon the next phase of their relationship, i.e. moving in or getting married. An ‘Eternity Ring’ is also known as an alliance ring. It is simply another type of ring that can be worn, by someone who is married to express that they want to be together forever with their partner. Most commonly though, they are used as wedding bands.

Other associations of the Eternity Ring:

Circle of Life: While the most potent association of the ‘Eternity Ring’ will always be with matrimony. Eternity Rings also signify the circle of life. This powerful association also means that these rings are perfect gifts for new moms. The association that Eternity Rings have with the unending circle of life, means that they are the number one gift for your pregnant friends or your partner.

Anniversary Gifts: Eternity Rings are also considered to be an appropriate anniversary gift for your significant other. Which anniversary you present it to her is entirely your call. Though some folk say in a lighthearted manner that if you present it too early in your marriage, you might be setting the standard too high for you to follow through every year. Jokes apart, an Eternity Ring comes attached with a powerful message. One of love and togetherness, and a promise that neither will wane over time.

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