The word promise is to tell someone that you will certainly do something.
Do you think long and hard before making a promise? Would you take things that step further and present a ring to accompany your verbal promise?
Symbolism of the Promise Ring
A promise ring is to symbolise exactly that, a promise. The beauty of a promise ring is that they are completely personal to the couple, or person who is wearing them. They are most widely used as a symbol of commitment between two people, sometimes to signify a future engagement or just to show devotion to one another.
However, this is not always the case; sometimes it can be a promise you make to yourself or as part of a religion. Such as breaking a bad habit i.e. quitting smoking, renewing a commitment to a task or part of your lifestyle, or a promise to remain abstinent till marriage, although, rings for this reason are often called purity rings rather than promise rings.
The promise ring can also signify a non-romantic commitment between people, such as a parent giving a ring to a child as a present to mean “I will love you forever” or from one friend to another to mean everlasting friendship, similar to the more traditional friendship bracelets.
Really there is no promise or commitment that cannot be symbolised by a promise ring, they are completely personal. But the most popular meaning behind them is definitely a symbol of love and devotion between two people. They can be compared to the mid-century tradition of a guy giving his girlfriend his class ring in high school.
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History of the Promise Ring
The idea of giving a ring to symbolise a promise of love or commitment dates back hundreds of years. In 16th century England, posy rings were often given to a sweetheart, named because they were engraved with romantic poems. In Georgian and Victorian times Acrostic rings were popular; these were rings that would spelt out a word using gemstones, most commonly “regard” (Ruby, Emerald, Garnet, Amethyst, Ruby and Diamond).
Over the past decade promise rings have grown in personality due to the fact that a lot of well-known celebrities have been seen wearing them such as Miley Cyrus, Kylie Jenner, or the Jonas Brothers; who were very open about their promise being to god, to stay pure until marriage.
Promise Ring vs Engagement Ring
Although a promise ring doesn’t hold the same commitment value as an engagement ring, it should not be something that is treat lightly.
Unlike the engagement ring, there is no traditional way to present a promise ring to someone. However often it is more of a conversation about the promise that is being made. They are often given as presents for a birthday, Christmas or Valentine’s day.
A promise ring can be worn on any finger, there are no rules on this, it can even be worn on a chain around the neck. However, if the promise is from a significant other, it will often be worn on the ring finger of the left hand, like an engagement ring or wedding band .This is because there is a vein that runs directly from that finger to the heart. Unless they are married then it would be worn on the right.
Promise Ring Style
In terms of style, promise rings are a very personal piece of jewellery so anything goes. Commonly, hearts and entwined designs are very popular to signify the idea of a couple’s union. But Claddagh rings, eternity rings and various styles of gemstone bands are very popular. Traditionally promise rings are smaller and more subtle than an engagement ring, and although diamonds are a popular choice the general focus is on the design as a whole rather than the individual stones.
Some promise ring examples
How Much to Spend on a Promise Ring
Finally, there are no guidelines on how much you should spend on a promise ring. It is usually less than what you would be prepared to spend on an engagement ring, but it is completely down to the person buying the ring.
Will you be committing to someone this year? If you are looking to present a ring with your commitment we may be able to assist you find the perfect ring to represent your commitment.