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So, what exactly is the difference between an engagement ring and a promise ring? Simply put, you give or get an engagement ring when you intend to be married, after a proposal has been enthusiastically accepted. The reasons for giving and getting promise rings vary, and often only the wearer and giver know what the promise is.
Promise rings are gaining popularity among couples who may not feel the need to put a label on their relationship or stick to a timetable. For them, a ring is a symbol for people who move in together and have no immediate plans for marriage, but are clearly in a committed relationship. If an engagement ring comes along in the future, the promise ring often moves over to the opposite hand.
Can promise rings symbolize other commitments?
Promise rings can be exchanged between friends, pledging friendship forever. Promise rings may also be given by a parent to a child as a way of saying "I'll love you forever." Promise rings may also be known as purity rings, and represent a pledge of abstinence. They can be worn as a promise of anything, like a commitment to faith, to a goal, or a pledge to break a bad habit.
What do promise rings look like?
Promise rings typically are smaller and subtler than engagement rings, and may or may not be worn on the traditional wedding band finger. Diamonds are popular, but in smaller sizes or clusters, or with gemstones - usually, the focus is not on the diamond, but on the overall design.
You'll find a variety of motifs such as infinity symbols, single or entwined hearts or Claddagh rings.
Whatever the reason you want to give or get a promise ring, it's a beautiful, tangible symbol of love and commitment.
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