In the case of meaningful jewelry, rings are the reigning symbol of sentiment. For as long as they have existed, rings have symbolized devotion, eternity, and love—among other fairytale-worthy tokens of affection. This is especially true for the popular diamond eternity band, which has an everlasting essence to its design. “The eternity band style is a popular ring design which is characterized by gemstones set around the band without a blank space for the metal,” says Brilliant Earth's Kathryn Money, SVP of merchandising and retail. No matter what the occasion, a diamond eternity band is a meaningful way to mark a milestone. “These sparkling pieces are a heartfelt expression of eternal love, appreciation, and admiration,” she adds.
What makes this ring style even more special is that people have donned the design for thousands of years, as it’s believed that eternity rings date back to ancient Egypt. Talk about an eternity! Albeit ancient in design, diamond eternity rings have seen a modern upgrade in recent years with the creation of lab-grown diamonds. These diamonds are chemically no different from Earth-grown or natural diamonds. The only difference between lab-grown and natural diamonds is their origin. And, since their creation doesn’t require mining and touches fewer hands during the process, lab-grown diamonds—and lab-grown diamond eternity bands—boast a more sustainable and affordable take on fine jewelry.
Whether you’re celebrating an anniversary, getting married, or having a baby, there are many reasons to invest in a lab-grown diamond eternity ring. But, as one of the more popular ring styles on the market, there are many options to sift through.
We did the sifting for you ahead with our list of the best lab-grown diamond eternity bands.
Best Subtle Sparkle: VRAI The Devotion Band
If you’re looking for a wedding band that feels both modern and glamorous, this VRAI piece is the perfect pick for you. The style comes with the choice of round brilliant or baguette-shaped diamonds and is available in platinum, as well as yellow, white, and rose gold.
Metal Type: Platinum, 18K yellow or white gold, 14K rose gold | Carat Weight: 0.36 | Sizes: 4.5-8.25
Best Pavé: Brilliant Earth French Pavé Eternity Lab Diamond Ring
It’s all in the details with this gorgeous dazzler. It features a pavé setting for an added touch of sparkle whilst remaining simple and traditional in design. The ring also comes with the option to add and subtract diamonds for custom carat weight and affordability.
Metal Type: Platinum, 18K white or yellow gold, 14K rose gold | Carat Weight: 1-2ct | Sizes: 3-9 (call for any sizes less than 3 or greater than 9) | Clarity: SI1 (average)
Best Antique-Style: Clean Origin Montague Marquise Eternity Band
If vintage-inspired is more your style, this is the perfect selection for you. A milgrain setting frames round and marquise-shaped diamonds making this eye-catching piece feel like a family heirloom passed down for generations.
Metal Type: 18K white or yellow gold, 14K rose gold, white gold, or yellow gold | Carat Weight: 0.25 | Sizes: 3-12 | Clarity: SI (average)
Best Mix of Cuts: VRAI The Alternating Shapes Band
For jewelry collectors that are not afraid to mix and match, this romantic style boasts a mix of diamond cuts for a truly unique design that adds detail and shimmer to any stack. With its combination of round and pear-shaped diamonds and unique style, this would make for a beautiful engagement eternity ring.
Metal Type: Platinum, 18K yellow or white gold, 14K rose gold | Carat Weight: 0.45 | Sizes: 4.5-8.25
Best Yellow Gold: Brilliant Earth Riviera Eternity Lab Diamond Ring
Traditionally, eternity rings feature a row of gemstones that wrap around the circumference of a ring without spacing. But, we love the more modern take with this Riveria Eternity Diamond Ring from Brilliant Earth. The design, which is available in yellow, white, and rose gold along with platinum, features small spaces between the diamonds to create a floating appearance.
Metal Type: 18K yellow gold, 18K white gold, 14K rose gold, platinum | Carat Weight: 1 or 2 ct | Sizes: 3-9 (call for any sizes less than 3 or greater than 9) | Clarity: SI (average)
Most Classic: Clean Origin Tess Eternity Band
If you prefer a wedding band that adds some sparkle without taking away the wow factor of your engagement ring, this Tess Eternity is a fitting choice. Simple and classic in design, the slim diamond-encrusted band would complement most engagement rings.
Metal Type: Platinum, 18K yellow or white gold, 14K white gold, yellow gold, or rose gold | Carat Weight: 1/4, 1/4, 3/8 ct | Sizes: 3-12 | Clarity: SI (average)
Best Thin Band: Noémie The Lab Grown Diamond Eternity Band Ring
Whether you’re more minimalistic with your jewelry or looking for a stackable ring option, this delicate ring from Noémie has you covered. We love the sleek and slender design, which adds a slight touch of sparkle without overpowering it.
Metal Type: Platinum, 18K yellow, white, rose, or black gold | Carat Weight: 0.31 | Sizes: 3-10+ | Clarity: VS
Best Budget-Friendly: Fire Light Lab Grown Diamond 14K Eternity Band
With the amount of diamonds required for an eternity band, the ancient style can get a little pricey. That being said, there are more affordable options that stick to tradition without breaking the bank—such as this Fire Light Lab Grown Diamond Eternity Band that is available on QVC. The ring features a band of sparkling round cut diamonds set in either 14K rose, white, or yellow gold. And, thanks to QVC’s payment plan, it can be purchased with five payments of $131.
Metal Type: 14K white, yellow, or rose gold | Carat Weight: 0.5 ct | Sizes: 4-9
Best Platinum: VRAI Large Round Eternity Band
There are many ways to make a statement with a diamond eternity ring, but opting for a chunkier style such as this Large Round Eternity Band from VRAI is the best way to draw the eyes. Available in a range of metal types, including wedding-favorite platinum, which symbolizes durability, nothing says forever quite like this.
Metal Type: Platinum, 18K yellow or white gold, 14K rose gold | Carat Weight: 3.24 ct for large, size 6 | Sizes: 4.5-8.25 (petite, medium, large)
Best Rose Gold: Good Stone Claw Diamond Band: Spaced Eternity Band
For a more modern take on the classic eternity band, this spaced design pulls out all the stops. While the diamonds still wrap the circumference of the rose, yellow, or white gold band, there are gaps between each diamond, giving it an upgraded feel. If you’re looking for a second eternity ring to stack with a more traditional design, this one is it.
Metal Type: Platinum, 14K or 18K rose, yellow, or white gold | Carat Weight: Not listed | Sizes: 3.25-10
Most Versatile: VRAI Petite Round Eternity Band
One thing we love about a diamond eternity band is how versatile the designs can be. This one in particular gives a more dainty appearance despite being completely covered in diamonds, making it the perfect ring for the minimalist or a gorgeous addition to a ring stack.
Metal Type: Platinum, 18K yellow or white gold, 14K rose gold | Carat Weight: 3.24 ct for large, size 6 | Sizes: 3-14 (petite, medium, large)
Best With Gemstone: Good Stone Oval Lab Diamond & Emerald Medley Eternity Stacker
With its unique mix of diamonds and emeralds, this Medly Eternity Stacker from Good Stone features a row of oval-cut lab-grown diamonds in a slanted design while tiny round emeralds fill the spaces for a different take on the classic design.
Metal Type: Platinum, 14K or 18K yellow, white, or rose gold | Carat Weight: Not listed | Sizes: 3.25-10
Best for Mixing and Matching: VRAI The Baguette Bar Band
When shopping for an eternity band that stacks well with other ring designs, choosing a size that makes a statement without overpowering is key. We love this style from VRAI because it’s that perfect in-between of dainty and chunky, which would allow you to mix and match with other styles or wear it solo while still making a statement.
Metal Type: Platinum, 14K rose gold, 18K white or yellow gold | Carat Weight: 0.75 ct (medium) | Sizes: 4.5-10
Most Glamorous: Good Stone Reversible Diamond Eternity Band
We didn’t know it was possible to get three rings in one, but here we are—and we’re drooling over the possibilities. This Diamond Eternity Band from Good Stone features half a band of emerald-cut stones and half a band of round-cut stones that allow you to either showcase each cut or half and half, creating the illusion that you own three diamond eternity bands and giving you even more options for everyday wear.
Metal Type: Platinum, 14K or 18K yellow, white, or rose gold | Carat Weight: Depends on size | Sizes: 3.25-10
Most Elegant: James Allen 14K Yellow Gold Trellis Lab-Created Diamond Eternity Ring
For a lab-grown diamond eternity band that feels antique, we turn to this eye-catching style, which features a detailed prong design that created the illusion of a woven basket. On top of that, the ring is completely customizable in terms of metal type and carat weight, with options to choose from 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 carats. Plus, if lab-grown diamonds aren’t your thing, you can splurge a bit more and go the for Earth-grown option instead.
Metal Type: Platinum, 14K white, yellow, or rose gold | Carat Weight: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 ct | Sizes: 4-9.5 | Clarity: VS2-SI1
Best Matte Finish: Good Stone Wide Dome Diamond Baguette Eternity Band
Everything about this chunky eternity band screams unique. From the baguette-cut diamonds to the wide dome band, this ring is simple in design yet stunningly detailed in terms of diamond cut and placement. Ideal for a standalone ring—or even a fun take on a classic thick wedding band—the band has a Roaring ’20s feel to it with a modern twist.
Metal Type: Platinum, 14K or 18K yellow, white, or rose gold | Carat Weight: 1.20 ct | Sizes: 3.25-10
Best Baguette Lab Diamonds: Good Stone Double Row Baguette Eternity Band
For a statement-making eternity ring, you want something that has an eye-catching size and design. And, unexpected diamond cuts are an added plus. This one features a double row of lab-grown baguette diamonds in a slanted setting giving it a chevron feel.
Metal Type: Platinum, 14K or 18K yellow, white, or rose gold | Carat Weight: Not listed | Sizes: 3.25-10
Best Emerald-Cut : Grown Brilliance Emerald Lab-Grown Diamond Eternity Band
We don’t always see emerald-cut diamond eternity bands, but they are out there and they are stunning. We love this one in particular for its seamless design, which utilizes a diamond setting that creates the illusion of diamonds touching each other in one solid band.
Metal Type: 14K white, yellow, or rose gold, platinum | Carat Weight: 3, 4, 5 cts | Sizes: 4-9 | Clarity: SI1+
Best for Stacking: Good Stone Iris Eternity Baguette Band
So far, most of the baguette designs on our list offer a lot of detail. But, if you’re looking for something simple in a baguette cut, this lab-grown eternity band from Good Stone is a great choice. The ring features the classic eternity ring design, only trading in the traditional oval or round diamonds for slim and rectangular baguette diamonds.
Metal Type: Platinum, 14K or 18K yellow, white, or rose gold | Carat Weight: 0.5 ct | Sizes: 3.25-10
Most Statement-Making: Haute Carat Oval Lab-Diamond Eternity Band
From engagements to big anniversaries, this oval diamond eternity band from HauteCarat is a great option. The design—which features 20 lab-grown diamonds—is breathtaking in size and style and would be the perfect choice for the most special of occasions.
Metal Type: 18K rose, white, or yellow gold | Carat Weight: 4 ct | Sizes: 4-8 | Clarity: VS
What to Look for When Shopping for an Eternity Band
One of the most important things to consider when shopping for a diamond eternity band is the setting. “The setting determines how easily the band could be resized if being utilized as an heirloom piece,” says Money, adding that some settings are “more difficult to repair for new fit than others.”
Size and Shape of Gemstone
“The size and shape of the gemstone are typically tailored to the wearer's style preference. Eternity bands can be created with many gemstone shapes like a round cut, emerald cut, and pear cut, [or] even a combination of various shapes clustered together,” Money explains, noting how the size of the stone dictates the overall aesthetic of the band. “Smaller diamonds contribute to a daintier look and are often easier to stack with other eternity bands while bigger diamonds boast as a chunkier statement.”
When should you get an eternity ring?
Eternity rings are versatile and can be purchased “for various occasions,” says Money, noting how this ring style is great for all kinds of life milestones. “Rings are known to mark special moments and signify various commitments in a relationship, such as a promise ring, engagement ring, wedding band, and vow renewals,” Money explains. “Eternity rings especially underscore how deeply these moments are as they celebrate specific milestones: The commitment to be together, a proposal, a marriage, push presents, anniversaries, and a lifetime of love.”
Can a diamond eternity band be stretched?
“Because of the complexities of the design, many jewelers deter customers from resizing their eternity rings or say it isn’t possible,” says Money, adding that this isn’t necessarily true, but it does take “a highly-skilled jeweler” to execute a resizing of an eternity band.
“Some elements that play a role in the feasibility of a resizing for this style are: Metal type, stone type, and setting,” Money says, adding that silver, gold, and platinum are easy to manipulate with heat but “the stone type can affect the process.” If you’re looking to resize a diamond ring, you might be in luck, Money says diamonds, rubies, and sapphires as “highly durable” and can withstand the heat. Opals and emeralds, however, cannot.
If you do want to get your diamond eternity band resized, Money says that the setting is the most important part to consider. “Stones set in a channel set—or between two strips of metal—will likely require alterations to the style as it’s the most difficult setting to work with,” she explains. “Hand, prong, or bezel-set eternity bands are easier settings as the gems can be reset even if they fall out during the process.”
Can you propose with an eternity ring?
Money says you can propose with a diamond eternity ring. “In 2022, the more unique the ring, the better,” she explains, adding that many people are more drawn to nontraditional styles in our modern time. “More and more we are finding our Millennial and Gen Z customers are focused on the thought behind the ring and the options available to make every detail purposeful and intentional,” Money adds.
Why Trust Brides
Contributing writer Jessie Quinn is a bridal-obsessed lifestyle journalist with a bachelor’s degree in fashion journalism. At Brides, she puts a style spin on fine jewelry and covers anything from the best diamond engagement rings to heirloom-worthy necklaces for the big day. She is also a collector of fine jewelry herself and has a personal affinity for anything gold and embellished with precious gemstones. Rings are Jessie’s go-to jewelry item for everyday wear and she’s particularly drawn to pieces that have unique designs that make a statement on their own but still pair beautifully together. Her personal ring collection involves a mix of antique family heirlooms stacked and styled with more modern designs.