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All About Promise Rings

Posted on: 13/04/2018

You may have heard of the term 'Promise Ring' before; whether it's something you've seen on social media, on a blog, or heard about through a friend, there's no doubt that promise rings have been a hot topic lately. But what no-one has actually told you is what exactly a promise ring is! I bet you can take a wild guess but we're sure you still have a ton of questions...

So what is a promise ring? Why does someone give a promise ring? Who do you give a promise ring to? Does a promise ring replace an engagement ring? These are all questions that we'll answer in this blog post, so read on to find out everything you need to know about promise rings...

The History of Promise Rings

With increasing talk about promise rings recently it's easy to assume that promise rings are a new idea, however this is not the case! Research suggests that the use of promise rings dates all the way back to ancient times, where they were used literally for what they are named for – to seal a promise.

In biblical times, couples were betrothed for many years before marriage, using a promise ring to signify this. Bishops would also wear promise rings as a symbol of their spiritual marriage to the church.

(Photo by Victoria and Albert Museum, London)

What is a Promise Ring?

Fast-forward to now, and a promise ring is given to a loved one for a whole bunch of different reasons, but mainly as a sign of commitment, dedication and love. There are no real 'rules' when it comes down to giving a promise ring to someone, because the most important thing is the promise behind it, whatever that may be!

Can a Promise Ring Replace an Engagement Ring?

It definitely can if you want it to! As we said, there are no real rules to giving a promise ring because what it symbolises to the relationship is all that matters. For example, if a couple decides that they don't want to get married then a promise ring is absolutely the perfect thing - it acts as a symbol of love and commitment.

If a couple want to get married in the future but they can't because of their circumstances, for example if they live away from each other of if they're saving for a house, then a promise ring would be ideal. The ring could act as the promise to marry in the future when the circumstances have changed.

Who do you give a Promise Ring to?

It's common for us to give promise rings to our romantic partners, boyfriends and girlfriends, but that's not the only reason to give a promise ring. You could also give a promise ring to:
  • A parent - to say thank you to them, and to promise to look after them too
  • A child - to promise you'll look after them forever
  • A friend - as a promise to always support them and be good friends to them, even if busy lives get in the way

How to Wear a Promise Ring

What's great about a promise ring is that there's so much flexibility on where and how you wear one. You can wear a promise ring on any finger on either hand, so if you want to wear it on the right ring finger instead of the left, then that's completely fine! Promise rings don't always have to be worn daily either, the wearer may prefer to wear their ring on special occasions or on a birthday or anniversary. The choice is theirs!

What do I choose as a Promise Ring?

So, we've talked a lot about promise rings but we haven't actually answered the question; What does a promise ring look like? Well there are lots of options to choose from, but a key point to remember is that a promise ring should never outshine any future engagement ring. Here are our well-suited promise ring picks:

Diamond Promise Rings - Something Sweet and Dainty

Silver and Diamond Promise Rings – The My Diamonds® Collection

Our My Diamonds® collection features a wide range of silver, diamond and gemstone rings. It's ideal if you want to make a promise to someone but you don't have a huge budget. Since the rings are made from sterling silver, it makes those beautiful diamonds and gemstones more affordable. Here are our promise ring recommendations:

Trilogy Promise Rings

Meghan Markle's trilogy engagement ring has got people talking a lot more about these stunning, three-stone rings, but they're more than just pretty diamonds or stones. Each stone represents something very special - the past, the present and the future, making them the ideal choice for a romantic promise ring.

Did you know Prince Harry designed Meghan's ring himself?

Gemstone Promise Rings

Contrary to what many may think, promise rings definitely don't just have to contain diamonds, they can have gemstones in instead (or as well as)! You may have picked some ideas up from our My Diamonds® collection already, but if you're looking for something with gold then these could be perfect:

If you haven't seen anything you like as a promise ring then don't fret! The following ring styles are just as beautiful as the one's we've mentioned above:

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