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Eternity Rings vs. Anniversary Rings: What’s The Difference?

Jewelry that is given in the name of love always has extra sparkle. Eternity rings and anniversary rings definitely fall into this category. Symbolic of life-changing moments and epic love, these diamonds are not just your best friend but remind you of your best friend.

Eternity Rings vs. Anniversary Rings

Eternity Rings vs. Anniversary Rings: What’s The Difference?

While similarly popular, eternity rings and anniversary rings are different in both look and purpose. From the number of stones to the style of the band and the dates they are given, we explain the differences and clear up which ring you should buy and when.

Eternity rings are characterized by a band of uninterrupted diamonds, while anniversary rings feature a row of diamonds on the upper half of the band. Both consistently feature diamonds, which is not necessarily the case for wedding rings.

Whether you prefer sparkles so bright you need sunglasses, or something more muted, James Allen has the right ring for you.

What IS An Eternity Ring?

Eternity rings are available in a variety of diamond shapes and sizes, as well as different metal types, ensuring there is sure to be an eternity ring for you!

You might be wondering, can’t I just use an eternity ring for my anniversary or wedding ring? The answer is yes and no. Eternity rings have come to be given on very special occasions, and certainly, a wedding and an anniversary ARE special occasions!

Eternity rings are given on birthdays, landmark anniversaries (such as at the five, ten, and twenty-year marks), or even graduation!

Eternity rings shine bright with diamonds along with the entire band. The seemingly never-ending diamonds symbolize your never-ending love. And since your love is eternal, an eternity ring does not need an occasion! So feel free to profess your eternal love any day with an eternity ring! 

These diamonds are your pledge to your partner. And since diamonds are ALWAYS in style, so will be your eternity ring. This piece of jewelry is not just a momentary trend, you can safely wear your eternity ring for well…eternity! And you will always be en vogue!

Eternity Rings: How To Wear Them

While there are no hard and fast rules, eternity rings are often worn next to the engagement ring and wedding ring sitting on the ring finger on your left hand.

When choosing an eternity ring, you want to keep in mind the style of the engagement and wedding rings. If your engagement ring and wedding ring are more subtle, then you may want to go for ALL the flash of an eternity ring.

And if your engagement and wedding rings are already blinged out, you may want to match that bling with styles such as a pavé or fishtail style, as seen below.

If you like a consistent look, then you’ll want to stick to the same diamond shape. So, if your engagement ring features an Asscher cut diamond, you’ll want to stick with that and choose an Asscher cut eternity ring.

Whatever style you choose, your eternity ring will certainly enhance the radiance not just of your ring finger, but of your whole hand!

If your engagement ring features a gemstone, then you will want to keep that color in mind when choosing the metal for your eternity ring. Not sure which metal goes best with which gemstone? Click here to learn about gemstone engagement rings!

Most importantly! When choosing your eternity ring KNOW YOUR SIZE! Eternity rings are VERY hard to resize due to the entire band being covered in diamonds. Often, it simply isn’t possible.

If the ring is a surprise, click here to get tips and tricks to get your partner’s ring size. Measure their finger in their sleep if you have to! We promise it is easier than trying to resize an eternity ring.

What IS An Anniversary Ring?

Anniversary rings are often given on the anniversary of your wedding and are meant to enhance your wedding ring. They feature diamonds, with a variety of settings, along with half the band, which is available in multiple metals. The metal of an anniversary ring is also chosen to compliment an existing wedding band.

Rings are a VERY popular choice for an anniversary gift. Traditionally, gold is the gift for your first wedding anniversary, so for this event, many couples will choose a white or yellow gold band as seen below:

Whether choosing a five, seven, or nine stone option, you can’t go wrong with an anniversary ring. Enough diamonds for those who want to look ballin’ but not so much for those who prefer a quieter glam.

Anniversary rings are the goldilocks of iced out rings. However many diamonds, whichever metal, James Allen has a ring your partner is sure to love.

How To Wear Your Anniversary Ring

So if your engagement ring and wedding ring are on your ring finger on your left hand, where do you wear your anniversary ring? Literally, any finger you want! One of the beauties of an anniversary ring is that there is no “traditional” finger to wear them on, so choose any finger you like!

Many people do choose to wear their anniversary ring on the ring finger on their right hand (the finger next to your pinky). This allows the ring to both compliment your engagement, eternity, and wedding rings, but stand out on its own as well.

You can also wear your anniversary ring on your left hand on a different finger, allowing your left hand to be dripping in diamonds. Or you can stack your anniversary ring with your engagement ring, wedding ring, and eternity ring, giving your left hand’s ring finger the appearance of a diamond-encrusted wand!

Wherever you decide to wear it, you are sure to enjoy the sparkle that came from a place of love.

Which Ring Is Right For You?

Top Things To Remember

Eternity Rings Anniversary Rings
Diamonds All Around The BandDiamonds On Top Half Of The Band
VERY Difficult To ResizePopular For Wedding Anniversaries
Great For Any Special OccasionAvailable In Five, Seven, Or Nine Stones
Symbolize Unending LoveSymbolize Continued Commitment

Eternity and anniversary rings are a gorgeous way to express your love for your partner. Something they can always wear, that will always be in style. These rings tell your partner how special they are, without you even having to utter the words.

Whether expressing your love with an anniversary ring or celebrating your love with an eternity ring (or both!), you are sure to be nominated for the partner hall of fame after gifting one of these beauties!

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Spring-Inspired Wedding Bands For Couples

Spring is around the corner, and we’ve rounded up all of our favorite spring-inspired wedding rings for you and your partner. Keep reading to find the perfect pair! 

Spring-Inspired Wedding Bands For Couples

Walking down the aisle this spring? We’ve got the perfect selection of spring-inspired wedding rings for you and your love to make your fresh and fun day sparkle. 

Spring is the perfect time of year to say “I do.” This season represents new beginnings and what better way to start off your life together as a married couple than during a time when everything around you is blossoming? Good vibes, total check! 

If you’re not getting married this spring, but you’re in love with spring-inspired wedding rings, we’ve got you covered, too.

Let’s dive right in.

Spring Wedding Rings: Nature’s Treat 

We know you know the famous quote by Devil Wears Prada character Miranda Priestly, “Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking.” But believe us when we say there are many floral and nature-inspired wedding bands that have been more than just groundbreaking; they’ve shook us down to our sparkling core. 

Outdoor patterns can offer a unique aesthetic to an otherwise plain band. Vine and leaf-patterned rings have a unique and earthy look, and while they’re not for everyone, these bands could be the perfect extension of your personal style and tastes. 

Here are a few stunning options for the women: 

Vine Motif Diamond Ring

14K White Gold Vine Motif Diamond Ring

Add a few delicate dimensions to your wedding band with this detailed vintage vine motif. 

Barley Marquise Diamond Ring

14K White Gold Barley Marquise Diamond Ring

Want something with earthy romance that shines from every angle? Look no further. 

Fellas, we haven’t forgotten about you. Here are our top picks for nature-inspired men’s wedding bands. From bold and dark to light and modern, we’ve got a couple of stellar options for our outdoor-loving grooms-to-be. 

Blackened Forrest Pattern Comfort Fit Ring

14K White Gold Blackened Forrest Pattern Comfort Fit Ring

Try this band on for size if you want that spring feel with a bolder color. 

Platinum And Rose Gold Vintage Script Band

Platinum And Rose Gold Vintage Script Band

This carved vintage scroll is not only a keeper, and it’s a customer favorite! 

Springtime Wedding Rings For Eternity 

Springtime comes with vibrant colors aplenty and the possibility of blooming romance. Why not invest in a fresh wedding ring that will make you burst with excitement each time it catches your eye? 

Eternity-style wedding rings are the perfect choice for those who love the idea that their ring will represent their eternal love and, better yet, sparkle from every angle! 

For the ladies, we recommend going a little against the norm and trying an eternity ring with fancy-shaped diamonds. If you love spring, you’ll love the different dimensions an emerald or oval cut diamond can give your ideal diamond wedding band

Oval Cut Eternity Ring

14K White Gold Oval Cut Diamond Eternity Ring (2 CTW H-I / SI1-SI2)

Pick an oval cut ring if you’d love more finger coverage. 

Emerald Cut Eternity Ring

14K White Gold Emerald Cut Diamond Eternity Ring (2 CTW H-I / SI1-SI2)

Go with an emerald cut if you’re all about effortless glamor.

For the gents, why not adopt your own version of an eternity ring with a masculine edge? Channel set wedding bands are versatile and can be set with the diamonds or gemstones of your choice. The romantic symbolism is still there with a pop of color or sparkle, and your unique wedding ring will still be thick and durable. 

Comfort-Fit Channel Set Sapphire Ring

14K White Gold 7.5mm Comfort-Fit Channel Set Sapphire Ring

Add a little gemstone glow to your forever ring. 

Comfort-Fit Channel Set Diamond Band

Platinum 8mm Comfort-Fit Channel Set Diamond Band

Handsome is as handsome sparkles.

Wedding Rings For Spring: A Pop Of Color 

Sometimes spring wedding rings call for vibrant color without the added engravings and sparkle. Plain wedding bands made from different gold tones can give you a dazzling springtime feel without moving away from that classic look. 

Thin, rounded rings are not only elegant, but their warm shades will keep you glowing even during those colder months. They’re so versatile they fit with just about any engagement ring style, and as a bonus, they look perfect on their own, too.

These are our top picks for her: 

Rose Gold Rounded Ring

14K Rose Gold Rounded Ring

This thin band is dainty and perfect to stack with any other ring.

Yellow Gold Rounded Ring

14K Yellow Gold Rounded Ring

Get that perfect golden glow you can keep going all year round. 

Sometimes thin band rings are not the best option for men working with their hands or those who have very active lifestyles, so keeping that in mind, we’ve got some colorful yet sturdy options. One of our favorite styles is the up-and-coming two-toned rings that perfectly symbolize the joining of two partners. 

Center Groove Satin Finish Band

14K Yellow Gold Center Groove Comfort Fit Satin Finish Band

Keep the sunny vibes going with a comfortable fit. 

Centric Two-Tone Brushed Band

14K White Gold 7MM Centric Two Tone Brushed Band

You can have it ALL with a two-toned ring. 

Spring Wedding Rings On A Budget

Looking for something with mother nature’s special touch that works for your budget? Sometimes traditional wedding bands just won’t cut it, and you want your ring to make a statement without breaking the bank. Luckily for you, there are plenty of wedding band options that have that added diamond sparkle without taking away too much attention from the engagement ring or your planned budget.

Check out our beautiful James Allen rings, all under $500. 

Shared Prong Diamond Ring

14K Yellow Gold Shared Prong Contour Diamond Ring (0.25 CTW)

“This band is perfect! I love the scalloped side profile, and it looks amazing with my engagement ring. Don’t hesitate to buy this ring online.” – Megan K. 

Alternating Beaded Diamond Ring

“I was hesitant in ordering online without trying it on, but I took my chances, and it turned out great!” – Jenny

Cable Accent Ring

14K Rose Gold Cable Accent Ring

“It’s perfect. Exactly what I was looking for. It’s small and dainty but has so much character.” -Mariah F.

Vintage Marquise Bezel Ring

14K White Gold Vintage Marquise And Round Bezel Diamond Ring

“It’s petite size is not to be underestimated, as it has all the detail and beauty that makes it stand out remarkably.” – Bob L 

Still not sure which spring wedding rings you and your partner should go for? Get in touch with us at JamesAllen.com with any questions you have. Our diamond and jewelry experts are available to you 24/7 and are happy to help you find the ring of your dreams. 

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Stackable Rings: The Essential Guide

We’ve compiled a dazzling assortment of stackable rings. P.S. You’ll want to start stacking these beauties ASAP.

Stackable Rings: Top Ring Stacking Tips

What is a Stackable Ring?

A stackable ring is more than wearing a variety of sparkle, it’s a symbol of your individuality. Whether you stack multiple rings on many fingers or pile sparkle on one finger, both make a shining statement. Stackable rings are also a foolproof gift to spoil a loved one to mark a special occasion. Read our top ring stacking tips, then stack the perfect combo! 

Love At First Stack

When it comes to stackable rings, the creative floodgates are open! Start with a statement ring on your ring finger and build around it. Alternatively, choose small rings with subtle bits of sparkle and work your way up. There’s no right or wrong answer – you are the leader of your stack! We think white, rose and yellow gold rings make the dream stack.

White Gold North South Diamond Ring

14K White Gold North South Diamond Ring

Rose Gold Shared Prong Alternating Diamond Ring

14K Rose Gold Shared Prong Alternating Diamond Ring

Yellow Gold Fishtail Diamond Ring

14K Yellow Gold Fishtail Diamond Ring

Mix & Match

Learning how to build a mixed metal ring stack requires a combination of practice and personal preference. If you’re feeling adventurous, use two contrasting metals to mix and match your statement ring. Pick a primary color, then add 2-3 secondary pieces to the top and bottom of the center ring for a stunning alternating combo.

Yellow Gold Petite Station Diamond Ring

14K Yellow Gold Petite Station Diamond Ring - Stackable Rings

White Gold Twisted Pavé Wedding Ring

Yellow Gold Baguette & Round Alternating Ring

14K Yellow Gold Baguette And Round Alternating Diamond Ring

Simple Stacking

In the pursuit of the perfect stack, sometimes things can go from #onpoint to slightly over the top. To avoid this, slim it down using a thin ring and use stackable rings of the same width. This sleek look is dazzling AND gives you more finger freedom – double win, triple shine 😉

White Gold Sleek Accent Diamond Ring

14K White Gold Sleek Accent Diamond Ring

Yellow Gold Single Row Diamond Ring

14K Yellow Gold Single Row Diamond Ring

Rose Gold Thin French Cut Pavé Eternity Ring

14K Rose Gold Thin French-Cut Pave Set Diamond Eternity Wedding Ring

Weighing Your Options

Create a stackable look that demands attention. To avoid your stackable rings feeling too matchy matchy, experiment with different weights and shapes. This adds personality and variation to your stack. A bold piece, like this eternity ring, stacked with a simple pave՛ makes the perfect pair.

White Gold Half Bezel Set Diamond Eternity Ring

14K White Gold Half Bezel Set Diamond Eternity Ring

White Gold U Pavé Rounded Wedding Ring

14K White Gold U Pave Rounded Wedding Ring

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Diamond Eternity Rings for Love That Lasts

Eternity rings rock all around, literally: these bands are surrounded by glittering diamonds or gemstones.

Diamond eternity rings

Whether as wedding bands, anniversary rings, or gifts for special occasions, eternity rings are a great way to celebrate infinite love. These rings give a boost of shine to complement engagement and wedding rings. For maximum sparkle, stack your eternity ring with a pavé engagement ring and a diamond wedding band.

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Find Your Eternity Ring Style

Common Prong Eternity Ring

This delicate common prong setting allows for a spectacular amount of light to reflect through its brilliant cut diamonds.

14K Yellow Gold Ladies 0.50ctw* Angled Common Prong Diamond Eternity Ring

Emerald Diamond Eternity Ring

Trend alert! This emerald shaped diamond ring is one of the hottest jewelry styles of the moment.

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Pavé Eternity Ring

A reminder that the classic can be a showstopper, too! This pavé ring’s diamonds are held closely with metal prongs all around.

14K White Gold Pave' Set Diamond Eternity Ring

Bezel Eternity Ring

Bezel settings show only the face of the shimmering diamond, creating a clean and modern look. The milgrain detail adds a vintage twist, making it a totally timeless piece.

14K Rose Gold Milgrain Bezel Diamond Eternity Ring

Gemstone Eternity Ring

Why not go for a splash of color to complement your other rings? Emerald, the May birthstone, gives this diamond ring a simultaneously earthy and glamorous feel.

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Trellis Eternity Ring

The intricate trellis setting makes this ring a work of art from every angle. Plus, the diamonds’ exposure allows for optimal light reflection.

18K Yellow Gold Ladies 2CTW* Trellis Diamond Eternity Ring

Channel-Set Eternity Ring

Sleek and smart, the channel setting makes diamonds extra secure and protects them from catching on clothing.

14K White Gold Ladies 0.75CTW.* Channel Set Diamond Eternity Ring

Shared Prong Eternity Ring

The single pieces of metal between the diamonds allow each stone to stand out on its own while contributing to a gleaming pattern.

14K Yellow Gold Ladies 1.00CTW.* Shared Prong Diamond Eternity Ring

Ready to find your own? Shop eternity rings here.

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Read our matching guide to find out which engagement rings pair best with an eternity diamond wedding band.

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