The Eternity Band and Its Rise to Fame

Choosing a wedding band is no small feat. While many brides are surprised with an engagement ring, shopping for a band is usually the first chance they get to share their input on jewelry. The eternity band is one of the most popular options, as many future brides love the look of a band accented all the way around with diamonds.

The Features of an Eternity Band

Eternity bands are easy to distinguish from other wedding bands, as they have diamonds running around the entire band. Some may have diamonds over just half the band, but most brides opt for a band that's entirely encircled. You wouldn't want your love to last only half an eternity, would you?

Some eternity bands include diamonds that are set inside the metal, while others require meticulous workmanship from the jeweler and diamond setter. For example, since the stones are set around the entire band, the band needs to be cut and molded to the wearer's exact ring size—it cannot be cut down later. Similarly, the diamond setters need to lay the stones precisely so they all sit perfectly on or in the band, touching each other without overlapping. The stones on eternity bands also have to be chosen to be the same size, shape (if only one shape is being used), color, and quality.

The History of the Eternity Band

We can thank the early Egyptians for the world's first eternity bands. While these rings may not have been made with precious metals and large, gleaming diamonds, they appear to be the first rings that had carvings, beads, or even gems set around the entire band. Archaeologists found rings that were carved from bone, along with other more intricate rings made from metals.

The Egyptians may have designed the original look, but one superstar's band helped push it into popularity in the mid-20th century. When Marilyn Monroe eloped with Yankee player Joe DiMaggio in 1954, the public took notice—and paid close attention to her ring. The platinum band was surrounded with 36 baguette-cut diamonds and served as both an engagement and wedding ring. Their marriage lasted just 254 days, but their relationship spanned the course of both their lives. They remained close friends until Monroe's death in 1962, and DiMaggio was the one to handle her funeral arrangements. He even chose to send roses to her grave every week until his own death in 1999.

Monroe and DiMaggio weren't the only big-name celebrity couple to opt for eternity bands. When Elizabeth Taylor married Richard Burton in 1964 and 1975 (yes, they were married twice), she received an eternity band on both occasions. One was similar in style to Monroe's, with baguette-cut diamonds. The other was an octagonal-shaped band with circular-shaped diamonds.

Monroe and Taylor weren't the only celebrities to love their eternity bands. Here are some of the many famous people who chose an eternity band for their wedding band:

  • Elton John
  • Blake Lively
  • Gisele Bundchen
  • David Beckham
  • Kim Kardashian
  • Melania Trump
  • Mariah Carey
  • Elizabeth Hurley
  • Jennifer Garner
  • Jessical Biel
  • Johnny Depp
  • Nicole Kidman
  • Megan Fox

Note that it's not just women on this list. Men are beginning to take notice of the trend, too, choosing diamond wedding bands for themselves and showing that timeless elegance can be shared just as much as a happy marriage.

So, whether you're one to mimic celebrity style or just love the idea of a ring that symbolizes an eternal life together, these types of bands can be a great option to pair with your engagement ring.