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We think promise rings are romantic, endearing and super sweet; after all they have been around much longer than most people imagine. We hope that the following piece of advice will help blushing dudes (or dudettes) choose the perfect one:
Do keep it simple -- There are no particular rules regarding styles or monetary value. Promise rings tend to be slender and dainty, and diamonds or diamond look-alikes should be relatively small. Themed rings such as hearts, infinity rings, or claddaghs can hold extra significance, as can colored gemstones or pearls.
Don’t mistake it for an engagement ring -- You don’t want anything that might be mistaken for an engagement ring. The meaning of a promise ring is purely a promise and commitment that it meant to symbolize with your partner. Convention holds that pre-engagement rings may be worn on the left-hand ring finger, but if it’s more of a dating status or a simple commitment to exclusivity – a different finger or different hand will prevent misunderstandings.
Do consider getting it engraved -- Early versions of promise rings were gold rings with short inscriptions, known as posie rings. They were popular during 15th - 17th century in both England & France as Lovers' Gifts.
Don’t be overly formal -- Promise rings are often given on birthdays, dating anniversaries, Valentine’s Day or in conjunction with other significant events (such as prom, homecoming, graduations, etc.). Unless it’s approached a little tongue-in-cheek, it’s not considered appropriate to be taking a knee or making a public exhibition.