What The Hell Is An Eternity Ring (And When Do You Get One)?

Short answer: it’s a symbol of ongoing love and devotion, with one of the coolest histories behind it.

If you’re a long-time reader of Glam Adelaide, you’ll know that there are a few things we love — food, Adelaide, gin, street parties, new restaurants (because that means more food), and wine.

What you might not know quite as well is that we also love love. And bling. And, if we’re honest, those things go hand in hand a lot of the time — actually, they often go on your hand.

Yes. You caught us. We’re talking about rings — in particular, eternity rings.

First, for those of you who don’t know (a little like me), an eternity ring is a band that has a continuous line of identically cut precious gems. They come after the wedding bands.

They’ve also got an interesting history. Early eternity rings were often made of a simple hammered gold band with an ouroboros, a snake eating its own tail, carved as a design. The ouroboros represents eternity and the endless cycle of life.

Modern designs of eternity rings have maintained this pleasing sense of sentimental symbolism — a continuous line of unbreakable diamonds on the band signifies eternity.

Traditionally, eternity rings were designed to be given anywhere between ten to fifty years of marriage mark. These days, you can get an eternity ring after a year of marriage — there aren’t really any hard and fast rules.

All you really have to remember is that the eternity ring is a symbol of your ongoing love, a sign of devotion and loyalty. After that, it’s up to you when you get one.

If you like the idea behind eternity rings, but you want a little more advice, Gerard McCabe Jewellers have specialists that can talk you through the process of buying an eternity ring.

They’ve also got a stunning range of eternity rings if you just want to peruse… or give someone a friendly hint.

Find Gerard McCabe Jewellers at 50 Rundle Mall or Shop 2, Adelaide Arcade.

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