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It’s not every day we tell someone they mean the world, so when we do it has to be right. With a beautiful gesture and meaning behind them, promise rings are the perfect way of saying “I love you”.
So, what does a promise ring mean and how do you choose one? We’ve enlisted a little help from our diamond expert, Lorna, to explain.SHOP ALL RINGS
What is a promise ring?
The actual definition for a promise ring is a symbol of commitment and fidelity to your girlfriend or boyfriend. Sounds like an engagement ring, right? Not quite. With both holding slightly different meanings, we’re here to help differentiate them.
A history of promise rings
The earliest signs of promise rings came from the Romans. Couples in this era were required to wait a certain amount of time before marrying and therefore gave rings as a sign of commitment during that period. Fast forward to the 14th century where promise rings were worn as a symbol of affection between lovers. Known back then as the ‘posy’ ring, it was a band engraved with a short poetic phrase, often written in Latin or French, to signify romantic feelings. Today, the promise ring (also known as a pre-engagement ring) is a way of saying “we’ll eventually get married”.
What’s the promise ring meaning?
When fate finds your best mate and you’re wanting to show you’re in it for the long haul, a promise ring is the perfect symbol of commitment without having to plan a wedding straight away.
Promise rings vs engagement rings
Given before an engagement ring, promise rings are chosen for many reasons; too young to get married, saving money or simply wanting a non-traditional commitment. For whatever reason you’re choosing a promise ring, we’re here to help. After all, no one cares more about celebrating life’s best bits with you than us.
What is a proposal ring?
A proposal ring is for when you actually propose to your partner, but you want to choose the engagement ring together. Our beautifully crafted Beaverbrooks proposal rings are all under £125.FIND OUT MORE
How to style a promise ring?
"Once you've got engaged, your promise ring can be worn in multiple different ways. Either move it to the ring finger on your right hand, place it on a chain and wear as a necklace, or (if your promise ring is a simple band) you may want to stack it with your engagement ring."- Lorna, Head of Diamonds
Which finger should a promise ring
be worn on?
A promise ring is typically worn on the ring finger of either your left or right hand. For those not wanting to get married, they may wear it on their left hand to showcase their long-lasting commitment, whilst those waiting to tie the knot might wear it on their right hand and save their left hand for when they receive their engagement ring.
How to give someone a promise ring
First things first: don’t get down on one knee! This isn’t a proposal, so you don’t want them to get the wrong idea. Prepare a little speech or note declaring your love, mentioning the fact that this is a promise ring and commitment to your future. Or why not let them unwrap it and watch their face light up instead?
When to give a promise ring
A milestone in your relationship is the perfect time to give a promise ring, whether it’s an anniversary, the day you buy your first house, their birthday – the list is endless. A random “just-because” moment might also be a nice surprise, and could set the date for your future engagement, wedding, and anniversaries to come!
Choosing a promise ring
Our family heritage and decades of expertise means we help you say it perfectly to those who don’t just mean something, they mean everything. So, if you’re starting your search for the perfect promise ring, we’ve got all the top tips:
1. Decide on a price point
How much are you willing to spend? For couples who are wanting to get married later in life, a lower price point may be best. Whilst for couples choosing not to get married, you may want to spend a little bit more on a diamond promise ring, so it lasts a lifetime.
2. Do you also want a promise ring?
Usually only one of you wears an engagement ring when you get engaged, but with a promise ring you may both want to show your commitment to one another pre-engagement.
3. Discover your partner's ring size
Our ring size guide is packed full of tips on how to get your partner’s measurements without them knowing.
4. Consider their taste in jewellery
Do they prefer silver or gold? Will they want it to have meaning? Statement or simple? Discover the different promise ring styles below.
Speak to our experts
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