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Penelope's Custom Promise Ring Guide

What is a Promise Ring, Anyway?

It doesn’t take a whole lot to become overwhelmed by all of the different rings you can buy today.

Promise rings, purity rings, commitment rings, pre-engagement rings, engagement rings – the list goes on and on! It’s enough to make anyone’s head spin and trying to navigate the world of jewelry today (especially with so many options available on the internet) really takes things to the next level.

On top of that, you have a lot of “rules” for how to wear, how to gift, and how to showcase rings with this kind of sentiment attached to them and that only works to make things even crazier and more convoluted.

That’s why we’ve put together this promise ring guide.

Below we break down almost everything you need to know about these pieces of jewelry, from how they came to be, how they really became popular, what they stand for and symbolize, as well as how to buy great promise rings for women, for men, and for couples.

By the time you’re done with all the inside information below you will be more than ready to get your hands on the perfect promise ring for someone special without having to deal with the hassle and headache those going into this process blind inevitably have to contend with.

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A Little History of Promise Rings

Believe it or not, promise ring jewelry pieces of today are not about a new fad.

Instead, they’ve been around for quite literally thousands of years – even the ancient Romans wore them!

In fact, it was the ancient Romans that really first started to popularize the idea of a promise ring to begin with. The historical record shows that Roman brides regularly wore promise rings as far back as the second century BC, and that these rings were an integral part of society then when the law was quite clear that there had to be a certain amount of time to pass between the announcement of intentions to marry until the actual marriage ceremony itself.

The ancient Greeks also regularly wore these kinds of rings, though for them it was more of a fashion statement and a traditional symbol than part of the actual marriage process itself.

For a while however, the concept of a promise ring kind of faded out of popularity. It wasn’t until the 15th century in England and that they started to become popular once again, particularly when rings started to be engraved with romantic poems and given to significant others ahead of marriage.

Many of these rings remain intact till this day, and some are passed down through families that were the original owners of these pieces of jewelry!

Modern Promise Rings

Today’s modern promise rings are almost identical to those from ancient antiquity, with some obvious differences relating to the metals and materials used; as well as the sophistication of the designs now possible with the help of modern technology.

At the end of the day, however, a promise ring for her or a promise ring for him still maintains the same kind of meaning. These rings are very often given as a pre-engagement gift in recognition of a serious commitment while understanding that two individuals aren’t quite yet ready to take the next major leap forward with one another and get married.

Promise rings for couples are also quite popular with those that do not expect or anticipate to get married in the traditional sense anytime soon, but still want to symbolize the fact that they are in a serious, committed, and long-term relationship with all the same trappings of traditional marriage.

These kinds of rings are just as beautiful as your traditional engagement or wedding ring and always carried the same sentiment, with the only exception being that they aren’t involved in a legally binding ceremony that brings two people together as far as the government is concerned.

Other popular promise rings are given to those that are headed overseas, those involved in long-distance relationships, and those that want to maintain a committed relationship even though they are inevitably going to face some serious and significant challenges ahead.

Some use promise rings to act as chastity rings, making a promise and a commitment to themselves, to their partner, and to their faith, and using these rings as a tangible reminder of the commitment that they’ve made.

The coolest thing about modern promise ring options, and the fluidity and flexibility of the promise ring meaning, is that it can serve a number of different roles and functions quite well without ever feeling too overbearing, out of place, or insignificant.

At the end of the day, the significance of a promise ring alongside its meaning is always going to come down to the individual wearing the ring as well as the individual that gifted it. It’s ability to “shape shift” and serve a specific role for specific people, but not the same universal role across the board, is a big part of why it remains so popular these days and will continue to remain popular for hundreds if not thousands of years to come!

You don’t usually see fashion and jewelry pieces from ancient antiquity, as far back as the second century BC, continuing to have real legs and popularity into modern times. The reason that the promise ring continues to be popular is because it is timeless and traditional while at the same time modern and fresh, and has the unique ability to mean exactly what the recipient and the gift giver want it to mean – nothing more and nothing less.

You’ll find plenty of options out there to find the perfect promise ring for her or the perfect promise ring for him, and it’s important to understand going into this decision-making process that only you and the recipient of this ring are going to be able to determine exactly what it means – and that both of you will be able to celebrate that with one another as long as you wear the ring!

What Does a Promise Ring Stand For?

One of the most unique features of promise rings is that they have at the same time; a tremendous amount of cultural significance and a tremendous amount of sentiment wrapped up in them, but they can also mean completely different things to completely different people – making them one of the few perfect gifts to get almost anyone you can think of, or even yourself!

Sure, traditionally, these kinds of rings were given to a romantic partner in anticipation of an engagement ring coming later down the line. They were thought of as a pre-engagement ring, so to speak, something to symbolize the starting of a serious and committed relationship before taking that next major step forward.

Believe it or not, that’s exactly what these kinds of rings were used for as far back as the second century BC in Rome!

At the same time, our modern idea and conception of promise rings in general has changed quite a bit since then. Today these kinds of rings can have all kinds of meaning and all kinds of symbology, with these rings standing for pretty much anything that a gift giver and a gift recipient wants them to.

Below we highlight just some of the more popular the reasons behind giving or getting a promise ring for women, for men, and for couples!

Serious Commitment in a Relationship

As we already touched on a little bit above, these kinds of rings are traditionally given to those that are in a serious and committed relationship, albeit a relationship that isn’t quite yet ready to go to the next step and enter into a formal engagement before marriage.

These rings are incredibly popular with young adults and teenagers, especially those that want to show the world that they are serious about the relationship they are in, even if the “old-timers” don’t take them as seriously as they’d like. Having something real, having something tangible, and having something as beautiful as a promise ring can be reassuring and lends a lot of extra credence to these kinds of relationships for sure.

Promise of Friendship

Sometimes promise rings for men and for women are given not by romantic partners but instead by friends and family members, a promise of everlasting friendship and a gift in recognition of a close bond that simply isn’t able to be shared with anyone and everyone else.

These kinds of rings used to be a lot more common than they are today, particularly among men, but we are starting to see a lot more of these kinds of rings given between friends today than we ever used to even just a decade or two ago.

Promise rings that have special inscriptions describing the friendship, or including the name of the two friends, are also quite popular these days and they are usually a little bit less ornate and more minimalist than the sometimes over-the-top styled promise rings for committed romantic relationships.

Promise to Wait

Long-distance relationships of all kinds are quite common these days, with people moving all over the country – or all over the world – to take advantage of new opportunities that simply didn’t exist in the past.

On top of that, you have plenty of US servicemen and women deployed all over the world, often times spending months and even years on end away from their family and those that they inevitably have to leave behind.

Promise rings for couples, for men, and for women that symbolize a promise to wait are more popular now than ever before, and are gifts given between people that want to have a tangible recognition of their commitment to be there for one another during their time apart as well as a reminder of the fact that they will inevitably have an opportunity to be with one another again.

Promise to Remain Chaste

Purity rings, chastity rings, and promise ring jewelry pieces can also be used interchangeably with one another. These rings make a promise to one’s faith or to one’s commitment to maintain their virginity until they are married, and also serve as a tangible reminder of this faith, of this promise, and of this commitment.

It isn’t at all uncommon for these kinds of promise ring jewelry pieces to be purchased by parents for their children, to be given by a faith-based community member, or to be purchased for someone special or an individual that you are in a romantic relationship with – all with the intention of solidifying the promise made to maintain this oath and this commitment.

Promise to a Faith or Belief System

Similar to purity rings and chastity rings in that these kinds of promise ring jewelry pieces for women and these promise rings for men are a tangible reminder of faith and belief, these rings in particular are different in that they aren’t necessarily used to maintain virginity, but are instead just daily reminders of faith, especially when things aren’t going according to plan.

Organizations like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous also use promise rings to act as a tangible reminder and a strength building anchor to help those that are putting themselves at the mercy of a higher power to fight back against decisions that could lead them down the wrong path. Having a tangible and always accessible reminder like this can provide that extra boost of strength someone needs to fight back against these inner demons.

Promise to Yourself

Plenty of people are choosing to purchase a promise ring for themselves, with a promise ring meaning to them something that they alone may be aware of.

This is the kind of gift you can give yourself when you want a treat, a gift you get to remind you to remain strong when you’re feeling anything but, and a gift you can pass down to your children (and to their children) complete with the story of how it got you through some rough and rocky times.

In this way these kinds of rings become automatic heirlooms and some of the most precious possessions anyone could hope to have.

Breaking Down the Different Types of Promise Rings

A very popular style of jewelry, promise rings are maybe more popular today than ever before – even though they have a history that goes all the way back to the second century BC.

Particularly popular with teenagers and young adults, especially those that want to celebrate their first real relationship, their first real love with a ring that has the same kind of aesthetics as a full-blown engagement ring without all of the necessary commitment that an engagement ring brings to the table.

At the same time, there are literally dozens and dozens of different kinds and types of promise rings for women and for men on the market today. So many different types that it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all of your options.

Below we highlight just a few of the most popular types of promise ring for her, for him, and for couples. These are the kinds of rings you’re going to want to be on the lookout for a when you’re doing your research and due diligence, and these are the kinds of jewelry pieces that you’ll want to purchase for that special someone – or yourself – to bring a little bit more tangibility to your relationship, your commitment, and your feelings.

Pre-Engagement Promise Rings

In ancient times, a promise ring was traditionally given to a young lady from a young man that intended to marry her – going all with the way back to ancient Rome. The ancient Romans had laws about how long a block of time had to pass between a formal engagement and the actual marriage ceremony itself, and these pre-engagement promise rings helped to signify that a couple was serious about their intentions and were looking forward to moving into the future together as a married couple.

Today, plenty of promise ring jewelry pieces are made to double as a pre-engagement ring as well. These rings do not have the same kind of formality that an engagement ring naturally has, but they do signify a serious, a committed, and a loving relationship that both parties are taking very seriously.

A decent amount of the promise rings for couples sold these days are of the pre-engagement variety!

Friendship Promise Rings

Gifts of jewelry between friends used to be quite a bit more popular than it is today, particularly gifts of jewelry between men that are friends.

Today, however, these kinds of pieces are picking up popularity faster than anyone could have expected or anticipated. A lot of promise rings are really friendship rings, again designed to specifically honor and treasure a relationship between two people – but not one that is necessarily romantic.

These kinds of rings are usually a little bit more minimalist in nature, little bit more subtle, and in a little bit more understated compared to the often ornate promise rings of the romantic persuasion. All the same, however, they carry the same sentiment and the same meaning – that you trust, love, and appreciate someone as an important friend in your life.

Chastity Promise Rings

Similar to purity rings, chastity style promise rings for women and for men are regularly given to young people from their parents, their church, or a youth group and are designed to signify an agreement between that young person and their beliefs about holding off on having sex until they are married.

These kinds of rings are increasingly popular these days, particularly as a younger generation now has a different outlook on sex compared to the generations that came before it. More and more young people are waiting longer to lose their virginity, or having fewer partners, and are taking sex as a whole a lot more seriously.

These rings represent a tangible promise that has been made and act as a reminder whenever temptation might arise.

Monogamy Promise Rings

These kinds of rings are similar to the ones that we highlighted above, in that they celebrate a specific relationship between two people, but they aren’t just a symbol of a relationship, but are instead an outward and tangible “anchor” of monogamy.

Similar to other relationship style rings, these rings signify to the outside world that a wearer is in a serious and committed relationship and isn’t entertaining the idea of “stepping out”. These rings are incredibly popular with those that have been involved in long-term relationships but may not necessarily be interested in the traditional marriage concept but still want the world to know that they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon when it comes to their partner and their relationship.

Faith and Belief Based Promise Rings

Religious-based and belief based promise rings have always been popular, and continue to act as a tangible and daily reminder of these beliefs, of faith, and of the decisions an individual hopes and aspires to make when living this kind of lifestyle.

A lot of these rings feature religious iconography, religious symbols, and inspirational Bible quotes or passages of Scripture engraved on these pieces of jewelry. Anyone that follows a faith or religion closely understands that there are going to be dips and downtimes when an extra bit of help could really come in handy, and these permanent and worldly reminders of faith can be a fantastic pick me up when things otherwise look bleak.

Personal Promise Rings

The last kind of promise ring for women and promise ring for men jewelry types that we want to touch on are the personal promise rings, usually rings that have come to symbolize a promise made by an individual not to someone else or to a group but instead to themselves.

Abstinence rings (choosing to abstain from bad habits, bad behavior, and bad decisions, for example) are a popular option for personal promise ring designs, and again the overall layout of the ring can be customized and tweaked to achieve exactly the kind of reminder or “behavior anchor” you’re looking to have with you on a daily basis.

All in all, these different types only barely begin to scratch the surface of the different kinds of promise rings you’ll be able to find on the market today!

Tips For How to Wear a Promise Ring

When you get right down to it, there isn’t a whole lot different between wearing a promise ring and wearing an engagement ring – though there are a couple of different bits of etiquette that you may or may not want to observe.

While these rings are traditionally seen as a major step forward in a relationship and a big time commitment, there is a lot of “wiggle room” when it comes to promise rings and how they are worn, how they are displayed, and how you want to either stick to the traditions and etiquette or shake things up according to your own personal beliefs and interests.

This is not a wedding ring or an engagement ring with rules that have been all but poured in concrete, specific traditions and etiquette that people are culturally expected to follow to the letter.

Instead, you have a lot more freedom and a lot more room to express yourself with a promise ring. Take advantage of that room and really make wearing this special piece of jewelry your own!

Make Sure Your Promise Ring Has Been Sized Correctly

Right out of the box to make sure that the promise ring you have purchased (or the promise ring you are purchasing for her, or for him) has been sized correctly for it to wear comfortably on a day to day basis.

This is a lot more challenging than a lot of people are going to expect, especially if they haven’t purchased a lot of specialty pieces of jewelry like this in the past.

Some people are aware of their ring size, but even plenty of women (that traditionally wear the most amount of rings) may not be totally sure of their ring size – and if you want to surprise them with a new promise ring, you can’t exactly throw around that you’d like to know a little more about the diameter of their fingers!

There are a couple of different ways you can keep this fun, keep this a surprise, and keep this a secret while still making sure that the size of the ring is absolutely perfect.

First, you could enlist a close friend, family member, or confidant to do a little bit of advanced recon for you to find out exactly what kind of ring sizes you might be looking at before you purchase from a collection of promise rings for her or promise rings for men. They’ll be able to find out what you need to know without it getting tracked back to you.

Secondly, you can always decide to smuggle out one of their rings already and bring it to a jeweler to have it sized. This lets you know exactly what size the ring needs to be without any guesswork whatsoever, and more than that, you’ll know that the size is going to be picture-perfect right out of the box because it will be based off of a ring that they comfortable wear on a regular basis.

Finally, you can always choose to get them involved in the surprise. Take them to a jeweler with the intention of getting a promise ring and make them a big part of the process without letting them know where you’re going or what you’re up to ahead of time and you’ll be able to treat them to a nice surprise but also get the perfect size at the same time.

Promise Rings Are Traditionally Worn on the Right-Hand

Where engagement and wedding rings are traditionally worn on the left hand, you’ll find most promise rings are going to make their way to the right hand, though they are usually worn on the ring finger all the same.

Like a lot of other designs, the traditional etiquette of a promise ring that has a specific setting or feature in the center of the band is to have that feature “open” towards your body rather than “open” towards strangers and others. This is seen as a sign that you are in a committed relationship, even if that committed relationship is only with yourself, and that the promise you have made – the promise that this ring signifies – is important and sincere.

Add Your Promise Ring to Your Engagement/Wedding Band “Stack”

A lot of people will choose to make their promise ring a part of their “engagement and wedding band “stack”, moving it over to their right-hand just as soon as they receive an engagement ring.

In this scenario, the promise ring would be slid onto the ring finger first with the engagement ring and then the wedding band will harmoniously follow – showcasing how the relationship unfolded and allowing each individual ring to act as a specific marker or signpost for how things have evolved over time.

Others have elected to combine their promise ring with their engagement ring and/or their wedding band, actually having a jeweler combine all of these rings together in a unique, fun, and exciting kind of setting that creates a more symbiotic symbol than having these three rings stand separate from one another.

Choose a Band with Plenty of Room for Expansion

At the end of the day, it’s important that you find and choose a band that has plenty of room for expansion (and we don’t just mean expanding the actual ring size itself – though that can be useful).

A promise ring alongside its meaning can change over time, and having the opportunity to build on that ring and allow it to evolve as you and your relationship/promise evolves over time can be a lot of fun as well.

This doesn’t have to be a static style piece of jewelry that is what it is from the moment you first received it until the last time you slide it on your finger, but can instead be a very much living and breathing testament to your relationship as well as the relationship of the promise that you’ve made.

Buying the Perfect Promise Ring for Her

Making the decision to purchase a special piece of jewelry is never something you're going to get into haphazardly, and it's never a decision you're going to make hastily, whether you're looking at puchasing a promise ring for her or something like an engagement or wedding ring.

At the same time, finding the perfect piece of jewelry these days is both harder and simpler than it ever used to be before. The internet has completely and totally transformed the way that people go shopping for jewelry, giving them instant access to far more jewelry pieces than ever existed before – but at the same time overloading them with options that actually causes more decision paralysis than anything else.

But that’s why we’ve put together this quick guide.

By the time you’re done with all of the inside information we share with you below you’ll know exactly how to find the perfect promise ring for women, the ideal ring to surprise that special someone in your life, and a promise ring filled with meaning that perfectly symbolizes the relationship that the two of you share.

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Know Your Budget Before Hand

The most important thing you can do – the MOST important thing – before you start to search for a promise ring for her is to first figure out exactly the kind of budget that you’re working with to begin with.

As a general rule, promise ring purchases are always going to be significantly less expensive than engagement rings and wedding rings. This kind of jewelry is a single tier down from those incredibly important and symbolic pieces of jewelry, and while you can still spend a mountain of money on promise rings, most people find that they are a lot more budget friendly than those other jewelry options.

If you don’t know exactly what kind of budget you have going into this process, however, it’s easy to end up spending a lot more money than you originally had hoped to – especially if you work with jewelers that recognize you don’t have a budget in mind already and instead funnel you towards more expensive pieces while downplaying less expensive, but still impressive options that certainly would impress her.

Some people look at their bank balance and figure out how much they are able to pay out-of-pocket for a promise ring, and others are going to think about taking advantage of financing the entire purchase, while others still consider how to combine cash down and a financing package to get the perfect promise ring for their woman.

Depending on how you want to go about paying for this purchase, you’ll need to consider all three options and avenues before you dive right in. At the end of the day, however, you absolutely must know exactly how much money you’re going to be spending on this kind of purchase before you start looking at options or the total price tag of the new promise ring will always exceed your expectations.

Find a Jeweler You Know You Can Trust

The next big piece of the puzzle when shopping for a promise ring (or any other piece of jewelry, for that matter) is finding a jeweler you know you are going to be able to trust with this kind of investment to begin with.

Obviously it’s not a bad idea to start with your friends and family to see if they have worked with a jeweler they can personally recommend, but outside of that you’ll want to have a look online, read reviews and testimonials, and generally look for jewelers that have customers with glowing experiences they aren’t shy about sharing with others.

It’s also not a bad idea to look for jewelry organizations that have some sort of industry organization affiliation, accreditation from the Jewelers of America or a similar body, or are active members of the Gemological Institute of America.

These kinds of accreditations speak to a level of professionalism that should give you a lot of confidence moving forward, letting you know you’re working with legitimate operators and not just some fly by night set up looking to trade your hard-earned money for promise rings that are anything but legitimate.

You also want to consider working with jewelers that have a dedicated staff on hand to help walk you through this process step-by-step. Again, purchasing promise rings for couples is a lot less involvement intensive than when purchasing an engagement ring – but that doesn’t mean that the sentiment, the feelings, and the concept of the ring should be taken lightly or that the process for purchasing the perfect ring should be done willy-nilly.

Professional jewelers are going to ask you a lot of questions, not only about your budget and what you hope to get out of this promise ring, but also questions about the person you are going to be giving this ring to, what you want the promise ring meaning to be about, and how you want this gift to be received; and how you hope it’s going to be treasured for years and years to come.

These experts can help you navigate the purchasing process from top to bottom, steer you in the right direction and away from rings that might not be perfectly suited to your needs or your budget, and help you find a promise ring packed with plenty of meaning and sentiment without having to blow up your bank account along the way.

Research Different Designs You Might Be Interested In

As we made mention of earlier, you aren’t going to lack for options when it comes time to research promise rings for her.

There are more promise ring designs available on the market today than ever before, with new designs hitting the marketplace on a day-to-day basis. You aren’t ever going to feel like you can’t find a design ideally suited to that special someone in your life – but will instead likely feel like you are swimming in an ocean of pieces that feel perfect, having difficulty finding just one to move forward with.

This is where researching different design ideas, different design concepts, and different types of promise rings come into play.

There are some promise rings for her that are designed to be simple, understated, and minimalistic while others are designed to be incredibly ornate and can rival the designs of some pretty high-end engagement rings – as well as thousands of options that sit somewhere in the middle between these two opposite ends of the spectrum.

By really digging into these different designs and thinking about how each individual type would be received by that special someone you’ll inevitably give this ring to moving forward, you’ll have a better idea of which ones are more congruent with who she is and what she expects from this piece of jewelry, as well as how you want the promise the two of you are making together to be celebrated.

This’ll narrow down the options you have to pick and choose from significantly. You’ll find that you are in so much abundance, overloaded with options; as you are able to pick and choose from different sub styles that are perfectly aligned with her personality, the type of jewelry she likes to wear, and the kind of promise ring that you want to buy for her.

Figure Out How You Want to Disperse Your Budget on This Ring

The next piece of the puzzle that you’ll want to tackle when shopping for a promise ring is how you want to disperse your budget across this project.

Now that you have found a budget you are comfortable with, a jeweler that you feel confident in, and have an idea of the kind of design you want your promise ring to feature, it’s time to start thinking about what you want to prioritize in/on the ring itself.

This is especially important if you have a particularly limited budget and are only going to be able to “splurge” in one area or another, or look for ways to spread the entirety of your budget around so that there isn’t anything in specific that stands apart from the rest of the ring.

Some folks are going to want to invest the bulk of their promise ring budget into the band itself, looking for a unique and innovative design that features all kinds of engraving and is made out of precious materials that will last and last. Others are going to want to focus the majority of their budget on gemstones and adornments, really making sure that the ring sparkles and flashes in any lighting situation.

Others still are going to look for a piece of jewelry that looks great, but has a more minimalist approach that’s been made entirely out of the highest quality materials available. And then of course you have folks that want something that looks as though it cost five or six times as much as it really did, focusing on the craftsmanship rather than the overall caliber and quality of the materials that have been used.

As we have said a number of times, you are going to have plenty of different options to pick and choose from when it comes time to really nail the look and feel of the promise ring for her that you have decided to purchase. But by figuring out where you want to allocate your resources you’ll be able to make sure that you get the ring of her dreams, as well as a ring that you can be proud to give her as a gift.

Consider a Semi-Custom Promise Ring That Can Be Tailored to Your Specifications

While there are plenty of beautiful designs made by some of the most impressive jewelry artists on the planet available “off-the-shelf”, it’s tough to argue with the freedom of design and the control you have over the way that your promise ring will look when you decide to go with a custom or even semi-custom piece.

Completely custom jewelry pieces really sit in the realm of those with incredibly deep pockets and a lot of time, but semi-custom pieces allow you to work with reputable jewelry designers and artists to tinker with and toy with already existing creations to come up with something really special.

Even if all you end up deciding to do is figure out a way to add a couple of different gemstones, a few different embellishments, or just change up the look and feel of the band itself – or something else entirely – just by shaking things up and adding a semi-custom design to a ring you’re able to make this investment much more personal and a lot more special at the same time.

Get the Recipient of This Promise Ring Involved in the Process

Depending on how much of a top-secret operation you want the purchase of a promise ring to be, you may or may not want to get that special someone in your life totally involved in purchasing a promise ring for her.

But if it isn’t going to be a total surprise, this is a sure fire way to make sure that the promise rings for women you are looking into are always right up her alley and something she is sure to be enamored with.

Only you will be able to decide how comfortable you are with bringing that special someone in your life on board to help design or pick out a promise ring for her, but if you go into this situation both working towards the same goal – of finding a ring that you both can be happy with, a promise ring meaning the world to both of you – you are sure to have a lot less stress, a lot less pressure, and a lot less anxiety than when finding the perfect ring all on your own.

It may or may not be an ideal solution if you want this to be a true surprise, but the trade-off is a lot of fun and can be something that works to strengthen your relationship and add just another layer of promise ring meaning to the piece of jewelry that the two of you work together to find.

What are Couples Promise Rings?

There are many different types of rings that you can get for significant others these days, many of which have real meaning behind them. Of course, we all know about meaningful jewelry such as wedding rings and the culturally dominant engagement ring. However, there are also other types of rings that have special innate meaning to them, one of which is the promise ring.

You will find many unique promise rings that are as stunning as they are meaningful, and many men now buy promise rings for women. Having said that, a surprising number of people are totally unfamiliar with promise rings, so in this section we will take a deeper look at everything from what they are; all the way through to the process of buying promise rings for her and the different stages of buying promise rings that exists for couples.

Anyone thinking of buying promise rings for her (a lover) should first familiarize themselves with these rings and learn more about what they are and why they are given. In this piece, you can learn more about the promise rings you’re designing for her, and this will enable you to purchase unique promise rings that are perfectly suited to you and your significant others’ needs.

With so many different rings that have a deeper meaning, it is easy to get confused. After all, there are commitment rings, eternity rings, engagement rings, and many others to choose from these days. Some people (a huge majority actually) are still unsure whether there are only promise rings that just women can wear or whether there are promise rings for couples too.

Well, before we look at the finer details about promise rings for her or even promise rings for couples, let’s find out more about what they actually are. In a nutshell, a promise ring is an item of jewelry that is given to a person by their romantic partner in order to promise commitment and fidelity. In some cases, both people exchange promise rings for couples to promise commitment and fidelity to one another while in other cases, men buy promise rings that women can wear to unilaterally signify the couples love.

When you buy and give promise rings to women, you are basically declaring your commitment to the relationship and your devotion to your partner. When your partner accepts the ring, this is also a symbol of her devotion, commitment and fidelity. With this in mind, not all partners decide to opt for promise rings for couples – sometimes, the men simply buy promise rings for her, and she carries their symbol of love on her hand for the both of them.

Variations in Meaning

Given away by the name of this item of jewelry, promise rings for her and promise rings for couples are symbolic of the couple making a promise to one another to be faithful, devoted, and committed. However, it is worth noting that there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to promise rings for couples or men who purchase promise rings women can wear.

The promises that are understood from the giving of promise rings for couples or promise rings for her can actually differ from couple to couple. In short, the ring can mean whatever each couple or person wants it to mean. For instance, some people exchange promise rings for couples to symbolize future marriage while others buy promise rings women and men can wear as a promise of commitment and devotion rather than intent to marry.

According to experts, when men buy promise rings women can wear or if both parties exchange promise rings for couples, it means that they are promising themselves to one another. This does not necessarily mean that they are going to be married – that would be an engagement ring. However, it does symbolize fidelity and commitment to one another.

Who Are Couples Promise Rings For?

So, who is a promise ring for? Well, these rings are designed for two people who are in a romantic relationship and want to give a symbol of their commitment to the other person. Naturally, you would not exchange promise rings for couples or buy a promise ring solely women can wear if you are only in a casual relationship. However, if you are in a serious relationship and you are a modern couple that is not planning to get married in the foreseeable future, promise rings for couples or a beautiful promise ring for her provide a great way of demonstrating your love and commitment.

The History of Promise Rings for Women

Many people are curious about where, why, and when the promise ring first emerged and where the idea came from. Well, it is thought that the tradition of exchanging rings by way of making a promise actually goes back several centuries. This is when the idea of giving promise rings that women could wear and even promise rings for couples who wanted to symbolize their love and devotion to one another first emerged.

Having said that, the actual tradition of wearing this type of jewelry to signify fidelity and devotion actually dates back to ancient times. Popular rings such as Posy rings, which have romantic words engraved onto them, go back to around the 16th century. There are other similarly meaningful and beautiful rings that have been worn by men and women through the ages.

In terms of today’s unique promise rings, the idea has become far more popular over the past couple of decades. Over more recent years, many young couples decide to delay marriage or, in some cases, not get married at all. This could be partly due to the costof weddings as much as anything else. In addition, modern couples have a very different view on marriage compared to older, more traditional couples. This is where a gorgeous promise ring for her and amazing promise rings for couples can prove invaluable, as it enables couples to demonstrate their devotion without the cost and stress of a wedding.

Giving Your Partner a Promise Ring: When and How?

If you are considering exchanging promise rings for couples or you are looking to get a promise ring for her, it is advisable to be mindful of the etiquette involved. One thing you need to remember is that you should treat the giving of one of these rings seriously. For instance, most people would not give someone they had been dating for several weeks an engagement ring. In the same way, you should make sure that when you exchange promise rings for couples or you get a promise ring for her, you do not rush into it.

Men who are considering buying a promise ring for her and those thinking about buying promise rings for couples need to ensure they put plenty of thought into it and that it is the right thing to do and not just something they are doing on a whim. You should be in a serious relationship, and in the same way as engagement rings, you should be pretty certain that you are with the person you want to spend your life with.

When it comes to deciding when and whether you ought to invest in promise rings for couples or a promise ring for her, you need to think carefully about how serious your relationship is. If you have been seeing one another for a long period of time and you are settled and serious about one another, you may find that unique promise rings with elegant designs/engravings are the ideal way to demonstrate this. Basically, men should be ready for commitment before buying from an assortment of promise rings for her, and women should feel ready before accepting.

In years gone by, couples would get engaged and married when they felt ready to commit to one another. Younger couples these days prefer to cohabit and perhaps get married later on in life, as times have changed over the past couple of decades. For couples in this position, promise rings for couples or a beautifully crafted promise ring for her provide a great way to show commitment without getting married.

Wearing a Couples’ Promise Ring

So, what happens when it comes to wearing a promise ring? With engagement rings and wedding rings there are set rules about which hand and finger you should wear the ring on. However, the rules are far more relaxed when it comes to promise rings for couples. Couples can basically wear their uniquely designed promise rings for couples on any finger and on any hand, so it is down to what you feel most comfortable with.

In fact, some couples do not actually wear their unique promise rings on their fingers at all but, instead, hang them from a chain and wear them around the neck. It is totally up to each party how they wear the ring if you buy promise rings for couples or up to the recipient when it comes to a man giving a promise ring to her (his lover). A lot of people do decide to wear it in the traditional way, putting it on the ring finger of the left hand. However, this is by no means something you have to do.

Guide on Choosing From a Variety of Promise Rings for Her

It is important to ensure you make the right choice when buying that perfect and beautiful promise ring for her or promise rings for couples. There are plenty of different options available, with designs and styles to suit all tastes and preferences. You can get unique promise rings that are custom made if you have the budget or you can find promise rings for couples and promise rings for her off many of our ring collections.

Given the importance and meaning behind these rings, it is only natural for men to want to put in plenty of effort when buying or choosing from a variety of promise rings available for her. Likewise, those that decide to exchange rings want to find the best promise rings for couples within their budget. By taking some key points into consideration, you will find it much easier to find the right promise rings for couples or the perfect option from the selection of promise rings for her. In this section, we will look at some of the factors to consider in order to ensure you get unique promise rings that are perfectly suited to your needs.

Deciding on the Metal

One of the things you need to consider when choosing from promise rings for her or promise rings for couples is the precious metal you choose. As with other types of rings, you can choose from a variety of different metal options when buying from a selection of promise rings for her or promise rings for couples. The metal you choose can have a big impact on the appearance of the ring, and by making the right choice you can purchase one another stunning and individually unique promise rings.

When you are deciding on the right precious metal for your promise ring for her or your promise rings for couples, one of the things you have to consider is personal preference. For instance, there are some people who have a preference catered to yellow gold while other people prefer the mirror shine of metals such as platinum, silver, white gold, and titanium. Before you make your choice, be sure you know what the metal preference is of the person you are buying for.

Another thing to consider if you are purchasing promise rings for couples as opposed to just one of many promise rings for her is whether you both want the same precious metal, so you have a match. This is not something that is necessary, so you can simply choose the metal that each of you prefers. However, some couples like to keep things consistent with the same metal.

Choosing the Right Stones

In addition to choose the right precious metal, you also need to select the right stones when choosing promise rings for couples or an elegant promise ring for her. If you want to create really unique promise rings for each other or one magnificent ring for her, you can go for an array of stone settings that have a different look. Looks such as a main stone surrounded by smaller different stones, or different amounts of stone (one stone, two stone, 3 stones etc). Again, a lot of this will be down to personal preference so you need to consider what sorts of precious gems she likes if buying from a selection of promise rings for her.

When you are choosing the stones, you could opt for classics such as diamonds and sapphires. However, if you are undecided about which stones to choose when buying the perfect promise ring for her, you could opt for her birthstone. This will make your ring even more meaningful and means you can give your loved one a truly unique promise ring. Also, it will show that you put plenty of thought into the ring and will go one step further toward demonstrating your love and devotion with the unique promise ring you created.

There is something else you need to consider when deciding which stone or stones to choose with regards to creating a cute promise ring for her. You need to determine which stones will look best with the precious metal you have chosen, so you can achieve the perfect finish. When buying from a collection of promise rings for her, finding the precious gems that really complement the precious metal chosen will help you to create something truly stunning. This is the ideal way of giving unique promise rings to loved ones and ensuring they are breathtaking upon receipt.

Ensuring you Get the Right Size

Making sure you get the right size is something else that is very important when you are buying a promise ring for her or promise rings for couples. If you are purchasing the promise ring as a surprise but you do not know what size ring to go for when purchasing from a collection of promise rings for her, you may have to be sneaky. Before looking at promise rings for her, try to ‘borrow’ one of her rings from her jewelry box so you can use that as a guide. This makes it easier for you to find and buy a unique promise ring that will be the perfect fit.

If you are purchasing promise rings for couples, the chances are that you will both know that the purchase is being made, so there will be no element of surprise to worry about. Before purchasing promise rings for couples, make sure you have your relevant finger measured based on which hand and finger you plan to wear it. Of course, if you plan to wear your promise rings for couples on a chain and around your neck, this won’t be a serious issue you have to worry too much about. However, it is still worth getting your relevant finger sized before you purchase your promise rings for couples from any promise ring retailer like us, as you may change your mind and decide to wear it on your finger in the future.

In the event you choose the wrong size when buying a promise ring for her or promise rings for couples, you do not need to worry. You can always get the ring adjusted to fit your needs and your fingers. However, this is something you will have to pay for, so it is best to get it right from the very start when purchasing from a collection of promise rings for her or promise rings for couples.

Considering the Cost

One very important consideration when buying promise rings for couples or from a collection of promise rings for her is the cost of the ring. If you are looking at a list of potential unique promise rings for her, you may want to get it custom made but this may be more expensive; although this is not always the case. So, before you start looking for potential promise rings for her, you should make sure you work out what you can afford to spend. The last thing you want is to leave yourself short of money to deal with bills and essentials as a result of spending too much on a promise ring for her. So, make sure you crunch some numbers before you get started and work out what you can afford to spend.

Once you have worked out what you can afford to spend on a promise ring for her, you will be able to focus your attention on rings that are definitely within your price range. If you were hoping for a unique promise ring, but you are on a budget, it is still worth looking into this. Sometimes, you can get some great deals on bespoke custom-made jewelry on our website, so you may be able to afford to create a unique promise ring. However, if not, there are various other options you can consider.

It is well worth waiting for one of our holidays/sales events and special promotions before you purchase from a collection of custom unique promise rings for her. In addition, if you are purchasing from an off-the-shelf collection of promise rings for her, it is still worth waiting for special promos and sales. For instance, many jewelers (online and brick-and-mortar) will offer great deals around occasions such as Valentine’s Day or before Christmas, so you can purchase from a collection of beautiful unique promise rings for her; and present it to her as a gift for the special occasion.

Another thing to bear in mind is that you will often get better deals online, especially on our website and on this page when purchasing this type of jewelry; and this can help you to save money when buying from the various collections of beautifully designed promise rings for her. When you go online to purchase this type of jewelry, you can more easily compare what is available and what the costs are. You can also take your time choosing the right metal, stones, and design in order to ensure you choose the prefect ring item when selecting from the different options of promise rings for her.

Deciding on Custom Unique Promise Rings for Couples

Following on from some of the aforementioned points brought up earlier in this piece, another decision you have to make in relation to sorting through promise rings for her is whether to opt for a custom design and creation (like those on our website) or just purchase a generic promise ring off the shelf for your partner. You have to take a number of factors into consideration when making your mind up, with one of the key factors being your budget.

You should never assume that having custom made promise rings for her will mean you automatically pay a much higher price compared to purchasing off-the-shelf rings. Sometimes you can get some great deals on custom-made promise rings for her, and this enables you to give her a ring that is truly unique and special rather than a mass produced piece. You can have a lot of input when it comes to custom designs, which is why some men prefer to have a ring created from scratch. However, this is down to personal preference as well as budget.

On the other hand, if you do not feel you have the finances to have a ring created for her, you can look at some stunning ready-made promise rings for her. There are plenty of options available so you will find the perfect ring made from her favorite precious metal and stones. By going online, you also have a far wider choice, which means that even if you cannot get a ring custom made by us, you can still find something in other ring collections of ours that it really unique when purchasing from a collection of promise rings for her.

Discussing whether to Choose Promise Rings for Couples

You will also need to decide whether you want to simply surprise your loved one with a promise ring for her or whether you want to discuss getting and exchanging these rings for couples with your partner. This is something that only you can decide. The only obstacle is that if you decide to do it as a couple the element of surprise will no longer be there. On the other hand, if you simply get apromise ring for her, you can keep it a surprise and give it to her on a special occasion or when you are on a romantic evening out or vacation.

When making this decision, you should not feel that by just investing in a promise ring for her, she does not have to be committed to the relationship, or vice-versa. Some men feel that if they buy a promise ring for her, but they don’t get one in return, the promise is very one-sided. However, this is not the case. As we mentioned earlier, if she accepts the promise ring from you, this is symbolic of her commitment. So, essentially, you will both be making the promise but there will be just one ring involved rather than two.

Checking the Reputation of the Jeweler or E-Retailer

If you are purchasing from a collection of 'promise rings for her' from a jeweler (like Penelopes Promise) that has not been personally recommended or you have not used before, it is well worth doing a little research before you make your purchase. This is particularly important if you are planning to invest in a custom promise ring. Remember, when purchasing from jeweler made collections of promise rings for her, this is an important, sacred and meaningful item of jewelry, so you naturally want to ensure you purchase from a reputable, reliable, and experienced jeweler/e-retailer like us.

Before you make your choice or make any decisions with regards to your purchase of a promise ring from a collection promise rings for her, you should take the time to look into the reputation of the jeweler or jewelry retailer online. You need to look at factors such as the quality of the jewelry, the speed at which the jeweler works with custom rings, the level of service provided, what happens if there is a problem, and other vital aspects associated with your purchase. So, how can you find out all this information?

One of the simplest ways of learning more about the reputation and suitability of the jeweler or jewelry retailer is to go online and look at reviews from other people who have purchased jewelry from there. This does not necessarily have to be people that used the jeweler to specifically purchase a promise ring for her or him. By reading through the reviews and seeing what other people think, you can make a far more informed choice with regards to the jeweler you choose for this very special piece of jewelry.

Selecting the Right Style and Design

It is worth remembering that, even if you cannot stretch to buy from a collection of promise rings for her that includes custom made pieces, there are still many different designs and styles to choose from. Some rings are big, audacious, and ostentatiously vibrant; enabling the wearer to really make a statement. Others are far more delicate, subtle, and classic; which is what some women prefer.

So, before you make your choice, it is important to think about the types of rings and the style of jewelry your partner tends to wear. You should pay close attention if you are not already aware of her preferred style. If you notice she tends to wear delicate jewelry with smaller stones, this is what you should aim for with your promise ring. If she likes her jewelry to stand out and be bold, this is something you need to take on board with you in the back of your mind when making your choice.

You will have to consider many factors with regards to the style and design of the ring. For instance, you need to determine whether you want a classic design, or you wish to opt for intertwining designs, or even a wishbone design. You also need to decide whether you want a design that has a single stone or a line or cluster of stones. Again, looking at the types and styles of the jewelry she normally wears will give you an indication of what to opt for.

What are the Benefits of Buying A Promise Ring or set of Different Promise Rings for her?

So, what are the benefits of buying her a promise ring and why has this trend become increasingly popular? Well, there are many benefits that you can look forward to when you purchase a promise ring for your partner or even if you purchase one for each other as a couple. Some of the key benefits of giving one of these rings include:

An Ideal Option for Modern Couples

In years gone by, getting engaged and married after being together for a good while was the tradition. In fact, couples living together were often frowned upon by society, and this was made even worse if a couple had children out of wedlock. Of course, this has all changed now and a huge number of younger couples prefer to either delay marriage until they can comfortably afford to get wed together or decide not to get married at all. For couples that decide to do this, a promise ring is the ideal way to show commitment and devotion in place of the traditional engagement and wedding ring that would have come with marriage.

You Can Show Your Devotion and Commitment

If you are not married or don’t plan to get married, some people make a big deal about the lack of commitment simply because you do not have a certificate to show for it or a wedding ring on your finger. Well, for many couples, marriage is no longer the priority – having a happy relationship and raising a family is. In addition, the cost of getting married these days is very high if you want to involve family and friends, and with many younger people struggling with student debt from years earlier as well as trying to save to get onto the property ladder, this can be difficult.

Some couples do want to get married eventually, but this is when they have the money and have organized their other priorities. Giving a promise ring in these situations is an excellent way of showing commitment to your partner and also letting other people know that you are both committed to the relationship and are in it for the long haul.

It Is Easy to Find Ones Within Your Budget

Money is tight for many younger couples these days, so splashing out big money and splurging on expensive designer jewelry simply isn’t an option. The good news is that when you purchase a promise ring, you can find plenty of choice available on our website, which makes it easier to find ones that are within your budget. Thanks to modern technology, you can browse and compare different promise rings from a range of jewelers and jewelry retailers like Penelope’s Promise with ease and speed.

An added bonus is that you do not have to compromise on style, quality, and appearance in order to keep costs down. All you need to do is make sure you look out for special deals, sales events, and offers, which you can do with ease and convenience online and via our newsletter. This makes it far easier for you to find a great promise ring to present to your partner while also staying within your budget.

You Can Select from a Range of Styles and Designs

If you have a partner who is very fussy when it comes to style, you have no need to worry because there are so many designs you can choose from when purchasing promise rings from us. You can select from different metals and precious gems, different sizes and styles, and an array of different configurations when it comes to the gems. This makes it far simpler for you to find a promise ring that your partner will be thrilled to wear and show off to others.

If you are unsure as to what style of jewelry she likes, make sure you pay careful attention to what she wears next time you go out. This will give you a far better idea of what styles and designs you should go for in order to cater to her individual preferences. You can even take a sly look through her jewelry box to get some ideas and inspiration.

They Make the Perfect Special Gift

It can be difficult to find gifts to buy for your partner when you have been together for a long time. Of course, a promise ring should never be purchased simply because you are stuck on what else you can get. However, if you are already looking for a way to show your devotion and commitment, and there is a special occasion coming up such as Christmas, Valentine’s Day, or her birthday, this is the perfect way to surprise her.

These Rings Are Personal and Meaningful

The key benefit of these rings is that they are very personal and meaningful, so they can be treasured in exactly the same way as one would treasure their engagement and wedding ring. These rings signify your love and commitment to one another, which is what makes them such special items of jewelry. They provide you with a very simple yet very effective means of declaring your love and promising fidelity and devotion to your loved one.

You Don’t have to Both Have a Ring

Some couples like to exchange promise rings so that they both have a ring to wear. However, in other cases, men purchase a promise ring for their partner but do not have to have one made by her in exchange. This is not a free get out of jail card for your partner to do what she likes while you have to be faithful and devoted! Just by accepting the ring from you and wearing it, she also makes that same promise to you. This means that both of you do not have to have a ring, which is ideal for those who are on a budget and may not be able to afford two rings.

There is Flexibility in How Your Wear It

One of the other benefits you can look forward to with promise rings is that you have flexibility in terms of how you wear them. While you may want to go with tradition and wear them on the ring finger of your left hand, many couples and women decide not to do this. Some prefer to wear it on a different finger or on the other hand; while others prefer to have it on a chain and wear it as a necklace. It really doesn’t matter how you wear your promise ring, which means you can benefit from total flexibility with this item of jewelry.

These are some of the key benefits of investing in a promise ring for your partner.

The Bottom Line

So, now you know a bit more about promise rings, what their meaning is, how they are worn, and when to consider giving one; you can make a more informed choice. If you decide that now is the time to invest in a promise ring and declare your love and commitment to your partner, start by working out what you can afford to spend. You don’t have to have all the money right away – you can save up for a few months and then make your purchase. This will make it easier for you to afford the perfect ring for your partner.

There is little doubt that your partner will be delighted to receive your promise ring and will wear it with pride, no matter how and where she decides to wear it.

Enjoy shopping and going through our collection of rings.