What is a Promise Ring?

Perhaps you’ve been together for a while now, but don’t know whether to take it to the next level…engagement can seem like a scary prospect as it confirms that marriage is on the cards.  Whether this frightens or delights you, there is another stage which you may wish to consider; that of the promise ring.

What is a Promise Ring?

A promise ring can mean that you are taking a relationship from simply dating, to being officially exclusive, but more often than not, it is a ‘promise of a promise’ to get engaged.  It’s also common for those who may have decided not to get married, to show that they are committed to one another without the legally binding knot of wedlock.

History of Promise Rings

Once called Poesy rings, this piece of romantic jewellery has existed since Roman times when they were simple bands with a phrase inscribed.  The Victorian era saw a resurgence of these rings, as different stones had different meanings, and the inside or outside was engraved with a message from the recipient’s intended.

Nowadays, promise rings come in all shapes and sizes, but the most popular are those which appear to have the qualities of an engagement ring without actually being one.

Promise rings may be silver or gold, often with cubic zirconia instead of diamonds. For a nervous proposer, they are also the ideal way of ‘trying out’ the popping of the question, without ‘shelling out’ for a diamond.

How to Wear a Promise Ring

What finger should you wear a promise ring on?  That’s entirely your decision – most people will wear it on the ring finger of their right hand to avoid any confusion that they are indeed engaged.  It also leaves the correct ring finger free for big occasion. (Instead of fumbling about, pulling off a promise ring:)

The great thing about promise rings is that they can be exactly what you want them to be, worn as you would wish to wear it and given for whatever level of commitment you are both happy with.  

‘For a nervous proposer, they are also the ideal way of ‘trying out’ the popping of the question, without ‘shelling out’ for a diamond…’

The Bute Gallery has a selection of promise rings in stock at the moment, priced at £25 – just right for a Valentines Day surprise!  Pop in and take a look. Our promise rings come beautifully presented in a black velvet ring box and our quality Bute Gallery gift wrap.

So go on, surprise your special someone this Valentine’s Day!