A promise ring, sometimes called a couple's ring, is a gift that binds the wearer to her promise, and reminds her of the promise of the giver. Such a ring can be indicative of love, commitment, chastity, or even absence from substances. Usually given from man to woman, or from parent to child, a promise ring is a meaningfulful talisman that gives a promise permanent substance, when words can not suffice.
One occasion for giving a promise ring is a commitment to a relationship. Young couples who may not be ready for marriage can seal their future plans with a promise ring worn on the girl's left ring finger. If they remain together the ring serves as a constant reminder of their promise, and if they must be apart because of college or career, the ring reminds the young lady of her absent partner, while letting others know that her heart is taken.
A ring between couples could mean:
– I will return to you
– I will someday marry you
– I will be faithful to you
– I will remain abstinent until we marry
Another instance where a promise ring may be given is between a parent and child. When a young woman is out on her own, she can be protected from poor choices by a reminder of those at home who care about her, and of any particular promise she has made to her parents, or that they have made to her.
A ring from parent to child could mean:
– I will keep you in my heart
– I will always be there for you
– I will remain pure and chaste
– I will not abuse substances
Promise rings can also be exchanged between friends to symbolize the permanence of the friendship, but in this case both parties exchange rings, and the rings are not usually worn on the ring finger (as not to be confused with a ring that denotes a romantic relationship ).
It is not common for men to receive promise rings, just as they do not receive engagement rings. If you are considering a promise ring for a man who likes jewelry, consider a very plain, small ring, without stones. An engraving inside striking the promise the ring presents would be a personal touch, without making the ring too flashy.
It is important to clarify the meaning of a promise ring or couple's ring that you present as a gift. A card attached to the box, to be read beforehand could explain your feelings about the ring. Or, a spoken explanation and announcement of your promise could go over even better. The most important thing is that the recipient knows exactly what the ring means to you, so that there is no misunderstanding about that meaning.
A promise ring is an excellent gift for someone you know you want to share a permanent bond with, even if you do not quite know what the future holds for you both.