What Is a Promise Ring? The Real Meaning

Deepak, 11/04/2017

Promise ring, purity ring, commitment ring, pre-engagement ring—gracious my! TThere's been a lot of confusion around promise rings. What does a promise ring mean? What finger does a promise ring go on? How would you get one, give one, get one, return one? We talked with expert jewelers setters to demystify the significance behind this post-modern day, matrimonial trend

What Is a Promise Ring?

The meaning of a promise ring differs between couples, but promise rings are generally utilized as an image of responsibility and commitment. "The appeal of the promise ring is gotten largely from the numerous implications it can speak to," says Kimberly Kanary, VP of advertising and web-based social networking at Kay Jewelers. "While many couples utilize the symbol as an approach to connote a future engagement, others basically wear the ring as a methods for reflecting dedication to each other."

As the name suggests, promise rings signify that a promise is being made, but the meaning of a promise ring differs from couple to couple. At its most essential, it symbolizes a partner's love and commitment to the relationship. "You're promising yourself to each other,"

Now it's more than just 'dating'—there's a physical symbol of the relationship to show the outside world that the rise in popularity of promise rings echoes a growing trend for couples to happily cohabit and/or marry later in life.

While they may not be ready or wanting to commit to marriage, a promise ring shows that their commitment does extend beyond merely sharing bills.

History of Promise Rings

the idea of giving a ring as a promise of love and affection dates back several hundred years. Posy rings—so named because they were engraved with romantic poems—date back to 16th-century England, while Acrostic rings—spelling out a word in gemstones, for example, a ruby, emerald, garnet, amethyst, ruby and diamond spelling "regard"—were popular in the Georgian and Victorian eras.It's only in the past decade that promise rings have become a mainstream trend.

Promise rings, on the other hand, are typically given as a token of commitment within the confines of a romantic relationship.The tradition of wearing a ring to demonstrate loyalty and fidelity dates back to ancient times

The reason they're typically worn on the ring finger of the left hand because there's a vein that runs from that finger to the heart.

Promise Ring Etiquette

Although it doesn't carry the same levity of an engagement ring, a promise ring should not be treated lightly. "A promise ring should be given after a couple has dated for a significant amount of time—a year or more—to show how serious you are about the relationship,"

In terms of style, anything goes when it comes to promise rings. Common themes include hearts, intertwined designs to  commemorate the idea of a couple's union.

Engagement rings have such a sacred nature; promise rings are often viewed as more of a fashion piece," who cautions against  choosing a style that might compete with an engagement ring, if that's your eventual intention. "They both serve a purpose

Unlike with engagement rings, there are no rules or guidelines around how much to spend on promise rings, but it's usually  significantly less

What Is a Promise Ring? The Real Meaning
It's entirely up to the individual. Promise rings can be worn on any finger usually promise rings are worn on the ring finger of the left hand (if not married) or the right hand (if married).

Promise rings are not always returned

While promise rings are intended to be a lifelong vow, we all know that things don't always go according to plan. Even if the pledge is rescinded, promise rings are not always returned. "It depends on the nature of the breakup.

For many couples, promise rings do precede an engagement. If you're ready to upgrade from a promise to a proposal

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