How to Go About Selecting a Perfect Anniversary Ring

selecting perfect anniversary ring

While most people think of diamond and other rings within a relationship in the context of engagements and weddings, these are not the only purposes or uses people have for such rings. And while it’s certainly less common than those other formats, one theme that’s become more popular in recent years is the purchase of a ring for a significant other as part of an anniversary celebration.

At AAA Jewelers, we offer not only a huge range of engagement rings and other related options, but also numerous rings that are perfect for other occasions, including anniversaries. What are some concepts you should be thinking about if you’re looking to purchase an anniversary ring for a spouse or any significant other? Here’s a basic rundown.

What Makes Up an Anniversary Ring?

Funny enough, the first question often asked in this realm is one that doesn’t really have a set answer. There’s no such thing as a template for an anniversary ring. It can feature any number of diamonds or other precious stones, and those stones can be set in any type of band. In short, it’s all about what you feel would best represent your relationship and show how much you care.

Considering Current Rings

If you’re not sure where to start, though, a good place is to think about what kind of ring your significant other already wears on a daily basis. What type of band do they prefer? Is there a certain gemstone that’s special to them? You can use these as starting points and then build from there.

For example, if your wife or girlfriend prefers thin bands, you might want to consider a ring with a slender band and a single large diamond. Or, if your husband or boyfriend is a fan of yellow gold, you could opt for a ring with a yellow gold band and multiple small diamonds. The key is to start with what they already like and then add your own personal touch.

Incorporating Other Sentimental Elements

Of course, it’s not all about the ring itself. You can also look for ways to incorporate other sentimental elements, such as an inscription on the inside of the band. This could be something as simple as your wedding date or a special nickname.

You might also want to consider the overall style of the ring. For instance, if you met during college, you might want to look for a ring with a more vintage feel. Or, if you’re looking for something that’s a little more unique, you could opt for a ring with an unusual band or setting.

Pricing Factors

Once again, there’s really no set answer when it comes to how much you should spend on an anniversary ring. It ultimately depends on your budget and what you feel comfortable spending. However, it’s worth noting that rings with multiple stones or more intricate designs will generally cost more than simpler options.

Keep in mind, too, that the quality of the diamonds or other stones is also a major factor in the overall price. So, if you’re looking for a ring with a large diamond, you can expect to pay more than you would for a ring with smaller stones.

The good news is that AAA Jewelers offers a wide range of options at various price points, so you’re sure to find something that fits both your needs and your budget.

Examples of Good Anniversary Ring Types

While your selection of a ring for an anniversary will largely be based on personal factors, there are a few common ring types that we’ve seen utilized for this purpose. Here are some of the most frequent:

  • Eternity bands: These rings feature a band with diamonds or other precious stones going all the way around. They’re often given on special anniversaries, such as a 10th or 25th anniversary. Between their name and their shape, they’re meant to convey the symbolism of an everlasting love.
  • Halo rings: These are another popular choice for anniversaries, particularly among couples who are celebrating a significant milestone. Halo rings feature a center diamond or stone with smaller diamonds or stones circling around it. The overall effect is one of beauty and elegance.
  • Three-stone rings: Three-stone rings are also a popular choice for anniversaries, particularly among couples who have been together for a longer period of time. As the name suggests, these rings feature three stones, typically of different sizes. The stones are often set in a line, but they can also be set in a triangle shape.
  • Sapphire rings: While many people look to the diamond realm for their anniversary rings, sapphires are also a popular choice. Sapphire rings come in a wide range of colors, from the traditional blue to more unusual shades like yellow and pink.

Duo Rings

Another theme that’s grown popular over recent years: Simply adding another stone to the existing ring your partner or spouse already wears. For example, you might take their engagement ring and add a diamond or sapphire to the band. Or, if they wear a plain band, you could add a single stone or an eternity band of diamonds.

This is a particularly popular choice among couples who are renewing their vows on a special anniversary. It’s seen as a way to update the ring without completely replacing it.

Now, if you’re thinking about going this route, there are a couple considerations to keep in mind:

  • Whether the current ring allows for expansion: While most engagement and wedding rings can be resized, some styles limit how much they can be altered. So, if you’re thinking about adding an eternity band or multiple stones to an existing ring, it’s important to make sure that the ring can accommodate those additions.
  • How to keep it a surprise: If part of your goal here is to keep the anniversary ring a surprise to your partner, the duo ring offers some additional challenges. For example, you’ll need to have their ring on hand so that you can take it to a jeweler and have the additions made. You’ll have to figure out a sneaky way to pull this off without being caught!

For more on how to select anniversary rings for the partner in your life, or to learn about any of our diamond jewelry or other options, speak to the team at AAA Jewelers today.