In any long relationship, a point is reached where it feels like all the special romantic moments have passed. Once you’ve got far enough in your relationship that you’ve already done the promise ring, the engagement ring, and even got so far as to tie the knot and add the wedding ring, it can be hard to know how to celebrate the love you share – although many adventures lie ahead of you, they’re all in the form of normal moments of life rather than dedicated celebrations of your relationship.

Although it may seem a little old-fashioned now, a great way to commemorate the time you’ve spent together as a married couple is to present an eternity ring; a sign of all the years already spent and many more loving years to come. As you can see in this beautiful selection from Abelini Jewellery, eternity rings can be ornate or simple, gold or silver, bejewelled or plain – the important thing is that they’re gifted at the right moment in a relationship. So when is the best time to give eternity rings?

1. On a Landmark Anniversary

The most obvious point to go for an eternity ring is as a gift for a landmark point in the relationship, such as a ten year wedding anniversary as these are the moments you spend reconnecting with each other, taking pride in how far you’ve come and looking forward to all that’s to come.

2. When the Kids Leave Home

After spending years raising children together, empty nest syndrome shifts the whole dynamic of your relationship and can make you unsure of how to navigate your life together without the common daily purpose of the children. It’s an unsettling time, and more important than ever to make sure your commitment and love for each other is asserted strongly. Giving an eternity ring will be a reminder that your love and relationship stay strong through all the ups and downs and changes of normal life; it reminds you that all else aside, you are each other’s constant.

3. After a Difficult Period

Everyone knows that marriage means remaining strong for each other for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health – but that doesn’t mean that the worse, poor, or sick times are easy. Difficult periods such as financial or health crises put a huge strain on relationships, and sometimes particularly on one party – for example if one partner becomes ill. When these difficult times have been battled through, an eternity ring is a simple and meaningful way to acknowledge and appreciate the commitment you’ve made to one another to look after and love one another through difficult times as well as good.

So there we have it. If you’re feeling a need to acknowledge your relationship’s achievements and endurance in some special way, choosing the perfect eternity ring is the perfect way to do so.