Promise rings, purity rings, commitment rings, pre-engagement rings – confused yet because we are! What does a promise ring mean? What finger does a promise ring go on? How do you buy one? So let’s demystify the meaning behind this pre-matrimonial trend.
What is a Promise Ring?
The definition is personal to each couple, but generally, they are used as a sign of commitment. Whilst many couples use it a sign of their intention to one day get married, others use it purely to show their devotion to one another. The promise made is unique to each couple but its most essential element is the love and commitment to each other and to the relationship. It shows that the couple, whilst not yet ready for marriage, have moved beyond simply dating. It is also a growing trend between couples who cohabitate but are not married, showing the world that their commitment extends beyond merely paying the bills together.
Which Finger Is A Promise Ring Worn On?
It is entirely up to you as promise rings can be worn on any finger. Usually, they are worn on the third finger of either hand, with most people wearing theirs on their left hand and moving it over the right hand if a future engagement takes place. However, if you prefer leaving that finger blank until an engagement takes place, the choice is entirely yours.
When To Buy A Promise Ring?
Whilst it may not be as serious as an engagement ring, promise rings should not be taken lightly. Usually, a significant period of time (a year or more) passes before one is given to show how serious the relationship is. The what is rather more personal. In terms of style, anything goes. Popular themes include hearts, intertwined designs to commemorate your love, Claddagh rings, and eternity rings. Whatever you choose, we recommend thinking about a style that won’t clash with an engagement ring in the future, if that’s your intention. There are no guidelines as to what you should spend on a promise ring, so it’s entirely up to you whether it be plain, diamonds or gemstones such as sapphires.
Promise to Engagement
Whilst many people do buy an engagement ring in addition to a promise ring, there is no hard and fast rule here. With Claddagh rings, the wearer simply switches the ring from their right hand to their left once they become engaged, and then point the heart towards the wrist once married. If you only intend on buying one ring, it may be worth including elements like diamonds and platinum into the promise ring so it lasts a lifetime.
At Diamondport, we design each ring specifically for each couple, so you can have a ring that means something unique to the two of you. Just book a consultation and we’ll get started on the promise ring of your dreams.