Promise Rings: What you need to know.

 

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Many people are unsure of what a promise ring is or how it’s different from an engagement ring. You get an engagement ring when you intend to be married, but there are many reasons for exchanging a promise ring. Often the giver and wearer are the only ones who know what the promise is. 
 

What does a promise ring mean?

The symbolism behind a promise ring is highly individual, but it most often represents love and commitment. That could be a promise to get engaged someday, perhaps after graduation, a return from overseas, or when it’s easier financially. 
 

How much should you spend on a promise ring?

There are no specific guidelines for how much one should spend on a promise ring but they tend to cost significantly less than engagement rings.  Eighty to ninety percent of promise ring buyers spend between $50 - $1000 when shopping for one.  At KAY, promise rings range from $99 - $1199.99.


Can promise rings symbolize other commitments?

Promise rings can be exchanged between friends, pledging friendship forever. They may also be given by a parent to a child as a way of saying “I love you.” Promise rings may also function as purity rings and represent a pledge of abstinence. They can be worn as a commitment to faith, a goal, or a pledge to break a bad habit. 
 

What finger do you wear a promise ring on?

The finger a promise ring is worn on depends on the commitment it represents. The left ring finger is a common choice, particularly if the ring is an expression of romance. If an engagement happens in the future, the promise ring often moves to the right ring finger. 
 

What does a promise ring look like?

Promise rings are typically smaller and subtler than engagement rings. Diamonds are popular, but in smaller sizes, clusters, or paired with gemstones. Usually the focus is on the overall design and not the diamond. You can find a variety of motifs, such as infinity symbols, hearts, or claddagh rings. 

How much should you spend on a promise ring?

There are no specific guidelines for how much one should spend on a promise ring but they tend to cost significantly less than engagement rings. Eighty to ninety percent of promise ring buyers spend between $50-$1000 when shopping for one. At KAY, promise rings range from $99.99-$1199.99.
 

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