Have you ever heard of the expression a promise ring? Exactly what are promise rings for couples and is it something that a young man and woman should consider? There has been a lot of confusion about promise rings because they are being lumped in with pre-engagement rings, commitment rings, purity rings, and so forth. Some questions that need to be answered about promise rings is what finger do they go on? How do you give one, get one, buy one, or return one? What is the meaning of a promise ring? This short article will hopefully clarify a few of these questions.
There may be various definitions of what a promise ring is but it basically is used as a symbol of commitment. A well-known jeweler commented that there are certain people who use a promise ring as a way of showing devotion to each other while others use it as a symbol of a future promised engagement. Obviously, the word promise ring simply means that a promise has been made but it does not necessarily specify what that promise is. Some young couples use it as a promise for making an engagement at a specific date. Others use it as an indication that a person is not available because they are promised to someone else.
The history of the promise ring goes back a few hundred years. They were originally called Posy rings because they were often engraved using romantic poems. This type of ring dates back all the way to the 16th century in England. During the Victorian and Georgian eras there was Acrostic rings. Acrostic rings would spell out a word using a combination of semi and precious gemstones. It has only been during the last 10 years that promise rings have become a mainstream trend.
One of the reasons why promise rings have become so popular is due to the fact that they are owned and worn by celebrities such as Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers. In fact, Joe Jonas said that his promise ring represented and symbolized a special promise to God and each other that they will remain pure until married. For this reason we see the term purity rings being used in conjunction with promise rings.
A promise ring may not be as important as an engagement ring but on the other hand it should not be treated lightly. When it comes to the design of a promise ring it basically anything goes. An engagement ring has a traditional look whereas a promise ring can be more of a fashion statement. There are no guidelines put in place on how much you should spend on a promise ring and likewise there has been no formalities put into place on when is the wrong or right way to give a promise ring.
Promise rings are very not as traditional as engagement rings and therefore a person does not need to bend down on one knee, put it on a particular finger, or have the ring returned if the promise is rescinded. Promise rings for couples are here to stay and like all special gifts between a man and a woman, they will always be cherished.