What are Promise Rings? The Meaning & Purpose of Commitment Rings

Promise rings and commitment rings explained

What are Promise Rings?

We are regularly asked the question “What’s a promise ring?”

Promise rings are otherwise known as commitment rings. They symbolise a promise to oneself or to another person. The term derives from the US jewellery market. In contrast, shoppers use the term Commitment ring more often.

Typically plain or stone set, they are given to a loved one. Stone set examples feature diamond or gemstone designs. They can symbolize the love and commitment of a one-2-one relationship. Additionally, they are sometimes worn as pre-engagement rings.

For young couples, with little money, an engagement ring can be expensive. With this in mind, a commitment ring acts as a stand-in ring. As a result, the relationship goes one stage further. Later, an engagement ring marks a further commitment to marry.

The ring can be created in less expensive materials. For example Sterling Silver or 9 carat Gold. In addition, small diamonds, or inexpensive gemstones lessen cost.

In the UK Promise rings are sometimes referred to as Commitment rings. The Promise concept comes from the US jewellery market.

Meaning varies from person to person. Our next step looks at the various meanings given to promise style rings.

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What do Promise Style Rings Mean?

Abstinence

Purity rings are slightly different to a pre-engagement ring. Purity rings symbolise sexual abstinence in a relationship. Moreover, abstinence prior to marriage. The Purity Ring is a physical reminder of the pledge to save oneself for marriage.

Engraved engagement ring featuring a secret flush set diamond

Example of a bespoke engagement ring / promise ring with a religious engraving and secret diamond.

Religion and Commitment

Purity rings connect strongly with religion. Nuns wear Purity Rings. They make symbols of betrothal to their heavenly spouse. The wearer conveys meaning. Plain gold bands make a more humble statement. Furthermore, plain rings relate to spiritual purity and the simple life.

A promise from one person to another

Promise or Commitment Rings make great ideas for oneself. Perhaps, a reward and reminder to give up smoking. Alternatively a commitment to work towards a goal. Perhaps even weight loss, although this might require several size adjustments along the way!

Can men wear promise rings?

We are regularly asked if such rings are for men? Both men and women wear meaningful rings. Choose a ring design you will be happy to wear. Select a male or female ring styles. Add meaning with a message and present it as a symbolic keepsake. For me, wider designs often suit. For example, a medium weight band with a 5mm or 6mm width. Alternatively, a slimmer 3mm or 4mm wide ring.

Further to men’s commitment rings,  we create many men’s engagement rings. For example, a recent couple commissioned two rings. In addition to a ladies engagement ring, we hand-crafted a men’s engagement ring. Both rings included features of the female ring design.

Most popular and original ideas for commitment rings for her

We have many good ideas for unique and inspiring promise rings. The following suggestions are for both her and him.

Fingerprint rings for couples

Fingerprint rings make perfect commitment rings for her. Additionally, they make great promise rings for men. Any width, any style, and your actual fingerprints engraved. One or both. A spectacular idea as a surprise or as a joint sentimental purchase. Our heart patterned fingerprint rings are just one way to truly romanticise your rings. Moreover, add two types of engraving. Interestingly, some clients choose a heartbeat and fingerprint together.

Heart fingerprint rings set for bride and groom

Two fingerprints in one heart pattern. A lovely idea for a commitment ring. (Find out more on our website).

 

Signet rings with personalised details

The engraved signet ring is another opportunity for a truly unique ring. Literally, add whatever you like to the signet ring. Over the years, we added heartbeats, city skylines, mountain ranges, infinity symbols and even logos from popular computer games.

We have both male and female signet rings in every size and shape available, with or without a fingerprint or personal engraving.

Promise styled signet rings perfect for a commitment ring with elegant detail

Two unique ideas for promise styled rings in rose gold and white gold with pink sapphires

Solitaire rings

Most of our diamond rings can be engraved with a personal message—a promise between each of you, or we can apply a perfect sentimental message in any font you need. Engraved diamond rings make amazing rings for commitment, available across so many of our ring designs. Couples can choose regular certified diamonds or traceable diamonds for 100% ethical standards. For buyers with a substantial budget looking for an expensive promise ring, many of our certified diamond engagement rings with engravings make an excellent choice.

 

Promise rings UK - Engraved solitaire diamond ring with a commitment ring engraving

Destiny shown engraved with a truly personal message in white gold

 

3 Stone Promise Rings

The trilogy or 3 stone promise ring is a great idea. The combined carat weight means more carat weight at a lower cost compared to a single diamond of equivalent carat weight. View a complete collection of 3 stone ring designs, all suitable as 3 stone promise rings.

Men's 3 stone diamond promise ring

3 stone promise ring with blue sapphire and diamonds

Gemstone Rings

Gemstone rings make excellent commitment style rings. Furthermore, they give plenty of scope across many different budgets. For example Aquamarine makes an affordable gemstone ring choice. Alternatively, Tourmaline works very well. As a suggestion, why not research your partner’s birthstone and consider a gemstone ring? Add a small gemstone to a band, or go for a large gemstone for the focal point of the ring.

Pink Sapphire Promise Rings

Perhaps the best suggestion for pink stone promise ring is the pink sapphire. With or without diamonds, pink sapphires give a vibrant burst of pink to any diamond ring.

Tickled Pink stone promise ring

Engraved rings with your actual heartbeat. Wow!

That is absolutely correct. At Serendipity Diamonds, we add a heartbeat within a band measuring 4mm or more. We even send out a monitor to take your heartbeat. This incredible service delivers a truly unique finishing touch to your ring.

What finger is a promise ring worn on?

Many clients ask what finger do you wear a promise ring on? To explain, worn as a pre-engagement ring, it goes on the second from last finger of the left hand. The promise rings finger of the left hand eventually holds the engagement ring. As a result, the second-from-last finger has greater significance owing to the vena-amoris blood vessel which flows to the heart. Discover in more detail, the correct finger for engagement rings.

Where to get a personalised promise ring

A custom design makes a very personal ring. It turns a plain ring, or a simple diamond ring, into a perfect ring for commitment. As a result, it adds a greater depth of sentiment. An engraved word or a phrase will give a unique look to the ring.

Promise rings with engravings – ideas

  1. Purity rings engraved with each other’s names (most popular)
  2. Significant date – when a couple started dating, or an important date along the way
  3. Pet names – nicknames between a couple
  4. A promise – written out to remind the wearer of their promise or goal
  5. Dating names – usernames, log-ins are becoming ever popular especially as online dating soars in popularity
  6. Phrases – a single phrase that binds a couple, whether this is a line of poetry or a favorite lyric from a song
  7. A religious quote, or chapter engraved in an appropriate font
  8. Fingerprints
  9. Actual heartbeats

We create ring for commitment, and wedding rings, with laser engravings. Some have secret diamonds. A diamond acts as a separator between phrases or words. But remember, it requires a minimum depth to allow the diamond to sit into the metal.

Commissioning an engraved ring design

Engraved promise rings make most impact with a truly personal detail applied. For example, a handwritten message goes much further than a stamped date. Use the internal space for a secret message to your loved-one. Then, write it on paper, scan and email it to us from anywhere in the world. Then, we will apply this by laser engraving as shown in two examples below.

Brushed finish rose gold promise ring with handwritten engraving

Engraved promise ring with heart and message

What are Posie Rings?

Posie rings (not Posy rings) originate as early as the 15th Century. French and English examples. Most were simple plain bands with a short sentimental inscription added. Text appeared in English, French and Latin. Posie rings give a rustic, hand-engraved look. It is possible to replicate the look of Posie rings. This idea, seldom seen in jewellery shop windows makes a truly unique Promise ring idea.

Claddagh rings

What are Claddagh rings? Most jewellers sell Claddagh rings. The Claddagh ring is a traditional Irish ring representing love, friendship and loyalty. The style, origin and custom originates in the Irish fishing village of Claddagh in Galway. The distinctive style and availability of Claddagh ring designs make them a popular Promise ring choice. Each ring features a heart (love), crown (loyalty) and hands (representing friendship).

Promise rings and the world of marketing

On a final note, a brief word on the wonderful world of marketing. Some will no doubt see promise rings as a way to market and ultimately sell more rings. The truth really is that these rings have been in existence for many years in one form or another, from the betrothal rings in ancient times.

Interestingly, they soared in popularity with the growth of the internet. Commitment rings, engagement rings, right-hand-rings and halo rings—just a few of the styles with enormous focus online. The pre-engagement ring provides a solid opportunity for an affordable surprise ring, allowing a couple to choose the ultimate engagement ring together.

Rings capturing your very own heartbeat

How incredible would it be to capture your actual heartbeat rhythm in ring. Actually, you can! Believe it or not, rings with a heartbeat are genuine. To clarify, we use cutting-edge technology during the process. In detail, we provide an ECG device. Most importantly, the device is small. For this reason, we send it out Worldwide. As a result, we offer this service for most ring styles 4mm and wider. Furthermore, we push this service out to clients in many countries. For example, the UK, USA, Canada and Australia. Once completed, clients send back the device. Finally, we refund the cost of the ECG reader. To clarify, clients order the ECG device separately at the start.

Find out more about adding a heartbeat to your ring.

When to order your wedding rings, showing heartbeat rings taking around 5-6 weeks to create

 

The DeBeers Ring & alternatives

Interestingly, a branded Promise ring exisits. It was introduced in recent years by DeBeers. The DeBeers promise ring features cross-over diamond shoulders. Owing to the brand name, expect to pay a very high price for the DeBeers ring.

Alternatively, anyone interested in the DeBeer’s ring, may seek a similar design. Interestingly, bespoke jewellery allows anyone to create a unique ring design. This design often takes influence from other styles.

How much do promise rings cost?

The cost of a ring varies enormously. For example, price depends on the precious metal and gemstone content. A cheap Sterling silver promise ring could cost as little as $10. In contrast, expect to pay upwards from $200 – $300 for an engraved promise ring. Finally, if you’re considering a promise ring for a future engagement ring, it might be interesting to research average costs and assess your ideal budget.

Introducing the “Meetaversary” Ring

A Meetaversary Ring describes a ring to celebrate the date a couple once met. Popular with younger byers, the Meetaversary Ring celebrates a year after a couple meet. Typically, it is given as a gift after a year of meeting for the first time.

Presenting the ring

Perhaps, you have a good idea on how to present the ring. Or, maybe get creative. Just ensure you have the ring before making plans. Funnily, we found several videos on the subject. For example, the following video works a little magic into the process.

Ordering your ring design

We craft most rings individually to order. As a result, most designs take around 4 weeks to create. With this in mind, many clients keep in touch during the process. For example, some clients email for an update on their order status. Hand crafted, your completed ring arrives beautifully boxed. In addition, we provide a lifetime warranty. For this reason, clients do not require service plans, although we do recommend clients take out insurance for their promise rings.

 

Mark Johnson

About Mark Johnson

Mark attended Liverpool University and went on to pursue a career in the diamond industry. After more than a decade working in polished diamonds, Mark moved to the Isle of Wight where he launched Serendipity Diamonds. He works most days from their busy Ryde showroom, photographing jewellery and writing for the Serendipity Diamonds website. Anyone interested can connect with Mark on Linkedin via the profile link.

Mark Johnson

About Mark Johnson

Mark attended Liverpool University and went on to pursue a career in the diamond industry. After more than a decade working in polished diamonds, Mark moved to the Isle of Wight where he launched Serendipity Diamonds. He works most days from their busy Ryde showroom, photographing jewellery and writing for the Serendipity Diamonds website. Anyone interested can connect with Mark on Linkedin via the profile link.