What Is A Promise Ring?

Andrik Langfield

A promise ring symbolizes serious commitment. These rings are given as a promise to become engaged in the future. Not all couples purchase a promise ring; they are not a prerequisite to becoming engaged. They are usually given after a long time of dating, like one year or longer. Promise rings can be worn by both men and women. 

What finger does a promise ring go on?

Traditionally, a promise ring is worn on the ring finger (the finger between your pinky and your middle finger) of the left hand. However, you can wear it on any finger that you want. Some couples even choose to wear their rings on a necklace. There are no strict rules when it comes to promise rings! 

After engagement or marriage, couples can move their promise ring to their right hand if they choose to keep wearing it.

How to give a promise ring

Giving a promise ring doesn’t need to be as serious and meticulously planned as a marriage proposal – keep it simple. You can give a promise ring as a gift, like on their birthday or on a holiday, like Christmas or Valentine’s Day. Promise rings are also great as an anniversary gift, like on your one year anniversary or two year anniversary. 

How much are promise rings?

Promise rings can range from anywhere between $50 and $1,000 depending on their quality. Promise rings tend to be much less expensive than engagement rings as they feature smaller diamonds or gemstones than engagement rings. Some promise rings are less ornate and don’t feature any gemstones

Spend whatever you’re comfortable with on a promise ring; it’s more important to put more money towards your future engagement ring than a promise ring. 

Promise rings for her

Popular metals for promise rings include sterling silver, white gold, yellow gold, and rose gold. Looking for some promise ring inspo? Here are some of our favorite promise rings for women.

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Rose gold is currently trending for engagement rings and promise rings. This ring is speckled with tiny diamonds for subtle sparkle.

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Sapphires represent faithfulness, truth, and sincerity. It’s also an incredibly hard stone, making it fitting for your everlasting love.

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Another popular promise ring trend is dainty, minimalist rings. This ring can easily be stacked in the future with an engagement ring and/or wedding ring. 

Promise rings for men

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Cobalt is a popular choice for men’s rings as it is masculine and fashionable. It’s also a very durable and affordable choice.

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You can never go wrong with a simple, timeless band for a men’s promise ring.

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This modern ring makes for an elegant men’s promise ring.

Custom Promise Rings

Looking for a ring as unique as your love? Ritani can create your custom promise ring! We’ll create a free 3D render of your ring so you’ll know exactly what it will look like. There’s no extra fee to create a custom ring and there’s zero obligation to make a purchase. Contact our customer service team at 1-888-9RITANI to get started.

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