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The Eternity Engagement

What is the hottest new engagement ring style? It's an extension of a very old idea, the endless circle of diamonds around the finger known as the eternity band. Take that eternity band and add a center stone. Meet what we're dubbing the eternity engagement.

It may be a new name but everyone is instantly familiar with the concept. In fact, this style began as a special order for companies that specialize in eternity bands.

Customers began to call and ask them to add a head for a center stone to the band. Since eternity band manufacturers are no strangers to special orders, offering consumers a bewildering array of options in stone size, shape, setting style, metals, and gems, each designed specifically for a finger size, they were up to the challenge.

"We get a lot of calls for center stones," says Kevin Brosh of Armadani, Newport, Rhode Island, an eternity band specialist. "It started with special orders about three years ago. The calls started coming in unsolicited. So we added one to our line. It has accelerated since then. Now we are getting calls for three stones on eternity bands, too. Retailers can order the specific band width they want and customize it for the center stone."

Irena Ng of Epoque in New York also receives special orders from retailers who have a customer requesting this specific style: "It's a very basic design, a very simple design, and the customer knows exactly what she wants. It's usually platinum, 5 or 10 point diamonds, and diamonds all the way around."

Designer bridal lines like Michael B. and Mark Patterson have created signature versions with delicate lines and micro-pavé bands in platinum. And the concept is spreading, as consumers seek a style that is simple, delicate, and feminine as well as streamlined and classic.

"It's huge for us," says Justin Klomp of 18,000 square foot bridal specialist Trice Jewelers in Denver, Colorado. "We do it with shared prong, micro-pavé, and channel set."

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bands from Precision Set
Two bands are becoming more popular. Flush Fit style in platinum from Precision Set, (800) 442-5693.
Engagement ring from Epoque
Shared prong eternity engagement ring has a total of 2 carats from Epoque, suggested retail $5,895 in 18k white gold and $6,900 in platinum, (888) 855-8000.
Eternity engagement set from Lieberfarb
Eternity engagement set from Lieberfarb, (973) 676-9090.
Eternity engagement styles
Eternity engagement styles available from sizes four through eight in 14k and 18k gold, 950 platinum, and 950 palladium from Unique Settings of New York, (800) 466-4900.
Eternity engagement designs from Armadani
Eternity engagement designs from Armadani, (401) 846-9929.