Promise rings represent a promise between two people or between a person and God. They can represent a promise not to see other people, a promise of a future together, a promise that you two are now a couple, or a commitment to change your life.
Members of the armed services often give promise rings before they start a tour of duty that will take them away from a loved one.
Promise rings that have two birthstones are the most popular way to symbolize a commitment. Promise rings with a small gem or a heart design are also popular. Promise rings are generally 14k white gold, 14k yellow gold, or sterling silver.
Traditional Irish promise rings are called Claddagh rings. Claddagh rings, which are given as tokens of love, have a design that features a heart symbolizing love, hands symbolizing friendship, and a crown symbolizing loyalty.
Traditionally promise rings are worn on the left ring finger, just like an engagement ring. Today, the right ring finger is becoming a popular option so the promise ring isn't mistaken for an engagement ring.
Engraving can add meaning to a promise ring: the ring can be engraved with your promise or with a message of love.
A promise ring can also represent a promise of friendship, especially when a friend is moving away. Friendship rings are worn on any finger.
Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Jordin Sparks, and the Jonas Brothers all wear promise rings that symbolize a vow of chastity until marriage. Designs of these promise rings often feature a cross or are a simple band-style ring, with or without a stone.
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