With the popularity of promise rings
increasing, many want to know what defines a promise ring.Furthermore, how is it different from an engagement ring
? Simply put, you give or get an engagement ring when you intend to be married, while the reasons for giving and getting promise rings vary, and often only the wearer and giver know what the promise is.
What does a promise ring mean?
What the promise ring symbolizes between couples is highly individual, but most often it represents love and commitment. That could be a promise to someday become engaged at an undetermined time, perhaps after graduation, a return from overseas or when it's easier financially.
Can promise rings symbolize other commitments?
Promise rings can be exchanged between friends, pledging friendship forever. Promise rings may also be given by a parent to a child as a way of saying "I'll love you forever." Promise rings may also be known as purity rings, and represent a pledge of abstinence. They can be worn as a promise of anything, really, like a commitment to faith, to a goal, or a pledge to break a bad habit.
How is a promise ring worn? What does a promise ring look like?
Which finger the ring is worn on is also quite individual to each relationship, but the left ring finger is a common choice - particularly if the ring is an expression of romance. If an engagement ring comes along in the future, the promise ring often moves over to the opposite hand.
Promise rings typically are smaller and subtler than engagement rings. Diamonds are popular, but in smaller sizes or clusters, or with gemstones - usually the focus is not on the diamond, but on the overall design.
You'll find a variety of motifs such as infinity symbols
, single or entwined hearts
or Claddagh rings
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