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How to choose the precious metal for your diamond eternity ring

How to choose the precious metal for your diamond eternity ring

An eternity ring is a traditional ring typically given as a symbol of everlasting affection. It comprises a band of precious metal set with a continuous row of gemstones, which are usually diamonds.

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There are two styles of eternity ring. A full eternity ring has gemstones arranged around the entirety of the band and is a popular choice, as an unbroken circle of diamonds represents infinite love. The half eternity ring is made for comfort, with gemstones only set on the face of the ring but still showing a solid line of eternal commitment.

Choosing the precious metal for diamond eternity rings

According to the world leader in certifying diamonds and precious stones, the Gemological Institute of America, platinum was the most popular metal for jewellery-making until the second world war; however, when resources were redirected, gold became fashionable and it is only recently that we have seen a move back to silver-coloured metals such as platinum, palladium and silver itself.

Gold

Gold is still a popular choice for eternity rings and is measured in carats, which divides the gold into 24 parts. 24ct gold is pure gold, whereas 18ct gold is 18 parts gold and six parts alloy metal, which strengthens the gold. 18ct gold is a popular choice for rings but more expensive than 9ct gold, which is both affordable and strong but not as bright in colour.

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