‘Eternity’ is a great word – meaning infinity, timelessness, and that which is unending.
When it comes to the eternity ring, the meaning is simply transformed into the physical realm.
Normally given from a husband to his wife on a significant anniversary, the eternity ring is traditionally set with stones all or most of the way around.
The concept was originally introduced in the 1960’s by the diamond merchant De Beers, and the idea has since become steeped in the traditions we know today surrounding love, marriage and lifelong partnership.
I recently had the pleasure of creating an eternity ring for a customer here in Nelson.
It was planned as a surprise – from a husband to his wife, to be presented to her on Christmas Day.
Obtaining the ring size was fun. I met her at a party a few weeks before Christmas, and deviously pointed out her lovely rings, after which a ‘closer inspection’ was granted.
Fortunately my memory served me well as I remembered the size fairly closely, and even more fortunately…she didn’t suspect a thing! For jewellers and women this type of behaviour is absolutely normal, or at least so it seems.
A few final adjustments were needed after she received her gift, to ensure a perfect fit, and all in all the beautiful gesture, from a husband to his wife, was a success.