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FAQs About Promise Rings

The idea behind promise rings can be confusing. If someone gives you a promise ring, does that mean you’re “pre-engaged?” Should there even be a step between dating and an engagement? Here’s the truth: promise rings can mean a variety of things. Often, it’s more about the sentiment behind the ring than a symbol of eventual engagement. Let’s break down some of the most commonly asked questions about promise rings:

1. What is a promise ring?

Let’s start with the most obvious question-- what the heck is a promise ring anyway? Although they can mean many things to many people, promise rings often symbolize a (you guessed it!) promise of commitment and love.

2. Where did the idea come from?

Promise rings have been around for a long time, perhaps even as far back as biblical times. Instead of getting engaged, people were betrothed. While not a marriage, a betrothal ceremony was legally binding and promise/betrothal rings were exchanged in acknowledgement of the impending marriage, which might not happen for many years.

3. Why would someone buy a promise ring?

When you think of a promise ring, you may think about a ring that’s given to someone as a “pre-engagement” ring as a way of saying, "Let's get married, but just not yet." However, promise rings are given for a variety of different reasons. For example, if your sweetheart is being deployed, you might exchange promise rings to remind yourselves of your devotion during your separation. You could even present one of our diamond promise rings to your partner with a vow to commit to something important to both of you - such as quitting a bad habit or aiming for a long-term goal. Or, you could slip the ring on your own finger and simply make a promise to yourself.

4. What does a promise ring look like?

Anything you want! You can get as creative as you want with promise rings. Maybe you’ll buy a ring with your love’s birthstone or have the ring engraved with both of your initials. Promise rings are usually a bit more modest than engagement rings, but if you’re wanting to go all out without exceeding your budget, you can present your sweetheart with one of our affordable diamond promise rings.

5. Is it just for women?

Absolutely not. Anyone can wear a promise ring, just like anyone can wear an engagement ring! If you’ve been talking with your partner about promise rings, perhaps you should talk about exchanging them so that each of you wears a reminder of that promise everyday. Both of you sharing in this act can make it even more meaningful.

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