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Should I Choose a Half or Full Eternity Ring?

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Should I Choose a Half or Full Eternity Ring?

If you’re considering purchasing an eternity band for a wedding, anniversary, or engagement but can’t decide if you’d like a half or a full eternity (or you’re not exactly sure what that even means), we’re here to help. We’re laying out the pros and cons of half eternity, full eternity, and even ¾ eternity diamond rings.

HALF ETERNITY

Out of all of HOLDEN’s eternity rings, The Half Eternity is our most popular choice. This ring features diamonds halfway around the ring, with the other half being rose gold, white gold, yellow gold, or platinum.

The Half Channel Eternity

Half or Full Eternity Ring

Pros of a half eternity ring:

  • • It’s cost effective - This ring has fewer diamonds, making it a more economical choice.
  • • It can be resized - Because half of the ring is plain metal, this ring is able to be resized. If your finger size fluctuates throughout your life due to weight changes or the birth of a child, you’re able to resize a 1/2 eternity a size larger or smaller accordingly.
  • • It’s more durable - Because the underside of your ring is what’s more likely to bump into things, daily wear and tear will be less risky, as you won’t need to worry about a diamond popping out of the ring. That being said, if you do lose a diamond, we offer a lifetime guarantee on all our rings and are happy to replace the diamond free of charge.

The Half Floating Eternity

Half or Full Eternity Ring

Cons of a half eternity ring:

  • • Spinning - Since only half of the ring will be covered in diamonds, it’s possible that the ring will spin and expose the bare metal rather than staying hidden on the underside of your finger.
  • • It might clash - If your engagement ring is a full eternity band, a half eternity ring setting might look odd next to your engagement band. Only half of the engagement ring and wedding band will match. The same can be said of an engagement ring featuring a plain band - a half eternity wedding ring might look odd, since only part of it will match.

The Half Column Baguette

Half or Full Eternity Ring

3/4 ETERNITY

FULL ETERNITY

If you’re looking to capitalize on the romance of the word “eternity” and eternal love, you might want to choose a full eternity ring. A full eternity band features diamonds all the way around the ring.

The Full Row Baguette

Half or Full Eternity Ring

Pros of a full eternity ring:

  • • Diamonds, diamonds everywhere - No need to worry about spinning - this ring’s diamonds go all the way around the ring. If you’re worried that the ring will spin on your finger and you want to make sure all you ever see is diamonds, this is the choice for you.
  • • It looks great from all angles - No matter how you’re looking at your ring, you’ll see diamonds (even from below).
  • • “Full eternity” has a romantic ring to it - There’s something magical about all diamonds all the way around for a wedding band or engagement ring.

The Curved Full Eternity

Half or Full Eternity Ring

Cons of a full eternity ring:

  • • It’s more expensive - More diamonds = a higher price point. If you do want to go with a full eternity but want to save on cost, you could choose a thinner band - smaller diamonds will cost less.
  • • It can’t be resized - The one drawback of this design is that it is unable to be resized (diamonds are the hardest material in the world!). If you’re planning to order a full eternity ring, double check your ring size to ensure that it will fit.

The Full Eternity

Half or Full Eternity Ring

3/4 ETERNITY

If you can’t decide between a full or half eternity, a three quarter eternity ring might be the most suitable option. This ring style will look like a full eternity ring even when you spread your fingers out, as so little of the ring is plain metal. This also means it’s less likely to spin and expose the non-diamond part of the ring when you’re wearing the ring. This ring captures the best of both worlds, as it’s also resizable!

The 3/4 Eternity

Half or Full Eternity Ring

All three options add a nice pavé effect if paired with a traditional engagement ring. Hopefully this helps make the decision a bit easier - feel free to reach out to us at help@hiholden.com if you have further questions! In the meantime, check out our full selection of diamond rings.

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Questions? Shoot us an email at help@hiholden.com or give us a ring at 917.719.3634.