Your Ultimate Guide to Buying an Anniversary Band
Whether it glimmers in the sunlight on your drive to work or is slipped right back on after you wash your hands, engagement rings and wedding bands are daily reminders of joyous moments of love. It only makes sense to celebrate your continuous commitment to lifelong love with a similar exchange: anniversary bands.
The Significance of the Emerald as an Anniversary Gift
Anniversary bands , interchangeably referred to as anniversary rings, are typically multi-diamond or gemstone bands given to celebrate anniversaries. While engagement and wedding rings are traditionally worn on the left ring finger, anniversary rings are allowed more flexibility. If desired, they can replace, be stacked with, or even worn on the opposite hand of existing engagement or wedding rings.
When selecting an anniversary band for her, consider how it will be worn in relation to existing engagement or wedding rings. Thinking of the metals, colors, and styles of all three rings—engagement, wedding, and anniversary—allows for maximum versatility, allowing the bands to be worn in any combination.
Types of Anniversary Bands
Eternity rings are a special and popular type of diamond anniversary band in which diamonds completely encircle the ring, symbolizing everlasting—or eternal—love. Eternity anniversary bands feature diamonds of a consistent size and a band of a uniform width—instead of a narrowing backside, as seen in most rings.
More intricate anniversary bands can be chosen to complement simpler wedding rings or to serve as stand-alone pieces. As statement pieces are often worn on the right hand—opposite of the existing engagement or wedding band—be sure to look for a durable anniversary ring for her if the wearer is right-handed.
In addition to eternity anniversary diamond rings, 3-stone diamond rings are another popular style of diamond anniversary ring. While eternity rings stand for an eternal love, the three diamonds of the 3-stone anniversary ring symbolize the yesterday, today, and tomorrow of the couple’s life together.
While wedding anniversary rings with diamonds are by far the most popular, many couples opt to feature other significant gemstones when looking for anniversary bands. Similar to birthstones-gemstones that correspond to each birth month—there are also gemstones that correspond to each anniversary year.
For years one through ten, the Gemological Institution of America (GIA), recommends the respective gemstones: gold, garnet, pearls, blue topaz, sapphire, amethyst, onyx, tourmaline, lapis lazuli, and diamond. Although gold and pearls are not technically gemstones, they are part of the long-standing anniversary tradition. Gold can be represented in anniversary rings by gold-colored gemstones such as citrine, yellow topaz, golden South Sea cultured pearls, yellow sapphire, amber, zircon, or grossularite and spessartine garnets. As anniversary rings are a symbol of eternal love, the GIA also has guides for years 11 to 20 and 21 to 60.
But remember, there are no rules—simply preferences. Consider an anniversary ring where the number of diamonds corresponds to the years of marriage—or perhaps an anniversary band with the birthstones of your children or other loved ones. Above all, anniversary rings are a statement and celebration of your love and should reflect your unique story.