What are Promise Rings?

Promise rings are a symbol of a promise from one person to another or a promise to themselves. Most people assume they are the first step towards marriage. This is not true in all cases of giving a promise ring though. In the more recent years, they have become popular for making a promise to another...not specifically dealing with marriage. And a more modern twist as well is women giving promise rings to men, which was unheard of a decade ago.

So what are other reasons people give promise rings to each other?

I will be faithful to you
I will return to you
I will keep a specific promise to you
I love you
I have intentions to marry you
I promise to be best friends with you
I will always be there for you
I will save myself for you
I promise to stay away from a vice for you
I promise to follow a certain religion for you/myself

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If someone was looking to use a promise ring as a pre-engagement ring, you could look at a selection like these pre-engagement promise rings. Pre-engagement rings are used when surely two people want to get engaged in the near future. These types of rings symbolize an overwhelming belief that two people want to spend the rest of their lives together in the near future. Pre-engagement rings are very common and similar to an engagement ring, but not quite as final.

Purity rings are typically given by parents to their children, with the promise to abstain from sexual activities until marriage. Purity rings. Purity rings (also known as chastity rings, or abstinence rings) originated in the United States in the 1990s among Christian-affiliated sexual abstinence groups. Wearing a purity ring is typically accompanied by a religious vow to practice abstinence until marriage.

Friendship promise rings represent a bond between two great friends. Modern friendship rings often resemble wedding bands, sometimes featuring engraved text such as "Best Friends" or "Friends Forever". Other friendship rings are shaped like two interlocking hands, hearts or the Irish Claddagh symbol. Friendship rings are often sold in pairs, allowing both the recipient and the giver to have identical rings that fit together, like puzzle pieces, with the help of indentations and grooves. Some people choose to make their own friendship rings of materials such as beads.

The most important part of giving a promise ring is explaining why you are giving it or your intentions by giving it. Most people do not understand exactly what they are. So, by giving someone a promise ring, they may mistake it for an engagement ring. In order to avoid such confusion, give a note along with the ring or have a conversation about why you’re giving it. By doing this, not only are you avoiding confusion, you are enhancing the meaning of the ring for both parties. Another way to amplify the value of this ring for a person is to include a birth stone in the ring. It has been believed that a birth stone brings good health and fortune to that person. Also, keep in mind that there are not any formal rules that go along with promise rings, but the more expensive the ring is, typically the more serious the promise is.