One of the two most common occasions on which an eternity ring is given is to commemorate the birth of a child. The mother is presented with the ring either shortly before she gives birth or shortly after the child has been born. Eternity rings come in both half and full designs and can be set with either diamonds, gemstones, or a combination of both. The most common tradition is to have the ring set with diamonds alongside the gemstones representing the birthstone of the child. The mother’s birthstone is sometimes included as well. The dilemma arises when a couple has a second child. While the tradition behind the eternity ring is often stated as being meant for only the first child, many couples wish to commemorate the birth of their second child and additional siblings as well. In this case, there are two possible options to consider for either modifying or adding to the original eternity ring.
One of the most popular options is to simply remove one or two stones from the original band and replace them with the birthstone of the second child. If you are removing diamonds, some couples use the stones to make a pair of earrings to give as a gift for the first child. If the children happen to share the same birthstone, the couple may choose to have the birth dates of both children engraved on the inside of the ring.
The second option is to choose to stack your eternity rings. If you first ring was set completely with diamonds, the second can be set with diamonds as well, each engraved with the birth date of the child it is commemorating. If the first ring included the child’s birthstone, the second can be designed to mirror the original ring, substituting the gemstones for the appropriate corresponding colours. If it is cumbersome to wear multiple rings on one finger, the individual rings can be welded together to create a single piece of jewellery. If the couple is on a budget, which is more likely to be the case as the number of children increases, diamonds don’t necessarily have to be a part of the ring. Some women prefer eternity rings set solely with the birthstones of the child, drastically reducing the cost of the ring. This also makes it much more cost effective when adding stackable rings to the set. If you still want the extra sparkle of a diamond, you can always choose to have one set as a centre stone surrounded on either side by the birthstones.