The Meaning of Promise Rings
Show Your Commitment Through Promise Rings
For most, it is not always easy to make and keep promises. Whether it is a promise of romance and friendship, or a dedication to faith, it takes immense will power and conscientiousness to be able to sustain a vow. Moreover, it can also be difficult for the receivers of these promises to trust and rely onto such words, in fear that they may get their heart broken in the end. This is how the modern tradition of giving promise rings came to be. Oath takers prove their deep commitment to their vows either by giving or wearing the ring. Meanwhile, the beloved accept and wear the ring to show their trust that the giver will sustain the promises they have made.
Although it has merely risen to popularity in the recent times, the practice of giving promise bands actually dates back several hundred years. People who lived in 16th Century England exchanged rings that are engraved with romantic poems, called “posy rings.” Meanwhile, the Georgian and Victorian eras popularized Acrostic rings that spell out words in gemstones. Much earlier than these, evidence shows that women from second century BC wore rings to convey loyalty and fidelity.
There is a wide confusion with regard to the difference between engagement rings and promise rings. While the former are solely limited within the confines of romantic love, the latter can be given by lovers or friends, bequeathed by parents to their children, or worn by a woman or a man to signify purity. Engagement bands imply future marriage, while promise bands simply symbolize commitment in every sense of the word.
In the romantic sense, what a promise band symbolizes varies from one couple to the next. Generally, it represents love and devotion. Sometimes, it embodies the promise of a future engagement, albeit at an unspecified time. It can be an outside symbol for a committed relationship, with no immediate plans for marriage. In addition, it is commonly smaller and subtler than an engagement ring. While 18K and 14K gold or platinum might be apt for engagement and wedding bands, couples prefer 10K gold or sterling silver as an affordable and simpler choice for promise bands.
Whether it is to show love and devotion, long-term chastity, everlasting love and care for your child, or pledge to faith, Adam’s Jewelers has a wide selection of perfect promise rings for your needs.
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