What is a Promise Ring? Tips For Choosing the Best Promise Ring

In a relationship that is going strong, a sign of devotion is often a welcomed gesture. It is a statement of love that further solidifies an already solid relationship. Not everybody is ready for marriage, so an engagement ring might be a little too much. Think of a promise ring as a “pre-engagement ring”.

The meaning of a promise ring is to symbolize your loyalty to your partner, without having to commit to marriage (ie engagement) right away.

Promise rings strengthen the bond of a relationship and carry it forward towards an optimistic future.

What is a Promise Ring?

There is no way to correctly define the appearance that a promise ring should have. Just like any other piece of jewelry, it can vary based on an individual’s style.

10k White Gold Princess-Cut & Round Diamond Promise Ring
10k White Gold Princess-Cut & Round Diamond Promise Ring

Promise rings are a unique way to display your love, so each one can look radically different. Most people are under the misconception that it must look similar to an engagement ring, but that is not always the case. Sometimes, it can be as simple as a silver band.

OPALSTOCK Personalized Promise Rings
OPALSTOCK Personalized Promise Ring

A promise ring should be a ring that is important to the relationship, regardless of the way it looks and how much money is spent on it.

What does a Promise Ring look like?

The most traditional style of promise rings are generally going to be smaller than engagement rings. A lot of them feature a single large stone that can either stand on its own or be bordered with other smaller stones.

Dazzlingrock Collection 0.15 Carat (ctw) 14k Gold Round Diamond Ladies Promise Two Double Heart Infinity Love Engagement Ring
Dazzlingrock Collection 0.15 Carat (ctw) 14k Gold Round Diamond Ladies Promise Ring

Diamonds are the most popular choice when it comes to promise rings, but other stones like rubies, emeralds, and sapphires are often given, too.

Midwest Jewellery 13cttw Diamond Promise Ring
Midwest Jewellery 13cttw Diamond Promise Ring

Normally, one person gives another person in the relationship the promise ring. There are options if matching rings are desired, though.

Oval Gemstone & Round White Diamond Bridal Promise Ring
Oval Gemstone & Round White Diamond Bridal Promise Ring

Some jewelry companies craft rings that are meant for couples, often offering two rings that are similar in style to go together as a set.

When do you give a Promise Ring?

Normally, people give promise rings during important anniversaries. Younger people also see promise rings as an appropriate gift for special occasions.

14K Round Cubic Zirconia Heart Shaped Promise Ring
14K Round Cubic Zirconia Heart-Shaped Promise Ring

For example, many like to use them to commemorate one year together. But, each couple is different, and promise rings can be given at any point in a relationship.

Why should you give a Promise Ring?

The Knot reviews various reasons as to why giving a promise ring is the right decision (https://www.theknot.com/content/what-is-a-promise-ring). Overall, commitment is the main aspect of a relationship that is symbolized by a promise ring.

Dazzlingrock Collection 0.15 Carat (ctw) 10K Round Champagne and White Diamond Ladies Split Shank Heart Promise Ring, Rose Gold
Dazzlingrock Collection 0.15 Carat (ctw) 10K Round Champagne and White Diamond Ladies Split Shank Heart Promise Ring, Rose Gold

If you feel that you want to show your partner your level of commitment, it makes sense to give a promise ring. Even though it is a level below an engagement ring, it is still seen as an important milestone for couples all over the world.

The tradition of promise rings have been around for hundreds of years, some dating back to the 16th Century!

Dazzlingrock Collection 0.10 Carat 10K White & Round Diamond Ladies Promise Ring
Dazzlingrock Collection 0.10 Carat 10K White & Round Diamond Ladies Promise Ring

There is no wrong way to give your partner this ring. It all depends on your comfort level, and how you want the moment to be commemorated.

What finger does a Promise Ring go on?

There is no finger that is usually assigned to wear this ring, and not everyone gives it to their partner down on one knee. It can be as casual or as serious as you want it to be, and that is the greatest part about having a step in between dating and engagement.

Where can you buy a Promise Ring?

First, it is important to have an idea of what kind of ring your are looking for. Doing a simple search for promise rings online can give you a basic idea of the different styles that are available. It is helpful to save a couple of reference pictures.

Dazzlingrock Collection 0.33 Carat (ctw) 10K Gold Round Cut Diamond Ladies Bridal Wave Promise Engagement Ring 13 CT
Dazzlingrock Collection 0.33 Carat (ctw) 10K Gold Round Cut Diamond Ladies Promise Pre-Engagement Ring

If you are looking for something unique, having these references will ultimately help the jeweler craft your custom piece. Once you have your heart set on one, think about your budget.

How much should a Promise Ring cost?

How much you are able to spend will determine where you should look to make your purchase. Remember, there is no price limit, so don’t feel that you have to spend a fortune to obtain a beautiful ring.

TwoBirch .77CT C&C Moissanite Traditional Three Stone Promise Ring in Silver
TwoBirch .77CT C&C Moissanite Traditional Three Stone Promise Ring in Silver

There are many different local jewelry stores that you can browse, if you wish to make the purchase in person. Sometimes, the person giving the ring likes to bring his/her partner into the store to make sure that the sizing is correct and to get opinions on styles.

1 Carat G-H Diamond Cushion Lovely Halo Beautiful Engagement Promise Wedding Band Ring 14K White Gold
1 Carat G-H Diamond Cushion Halo Beautiful Promise Ring 14K White Gold

If you already have a good idea of what size you need, and you want to keep the surprise, you can turn to stores online to make your purchase. There are many great artists that sell their handmade work on websites like Etsy (https://www.etsy.com/market/promise_rings), or their own personal websites.

Also, most name-brand jewelry stores have website options for you to buy a ring online that will be delivered to you by mail.

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