What is a promise Ring? It's a ring worn as proof of a promise. Technically engagement and wedding rings are Promise Rings, but in practise, nowadays, such a ring refers to commitments such as:
My intention is to marry you, but I'm not yet ready to become engaged
I will save my virginity for you
You are my best friend
I will always be there for you
You are my valentine
I promise to abstain from a vice (gambling, drinking, smoking)
I will be faithful to you
I will return to you
I will keep a specific oath to you
I adore the american emo-band 'The Promise Ring'
I will keep your secret
Who buys a Promise Ring? Anyone can buy the ring, but the wearer must agree to the commitment it signifies for it to be valid.
How do you choose the right Promise Ring? There is no 'right' as such. However, it is commonsense to consider design, material and cost in relation to the importance of the promise. A more important commitment should naturally require a more unique design, a more precious stone and more expensive cost.
Many stores and websites offer mass manufactured rings, of simple well-known designs, which are ideal for trivial promises. For more important or personal promises deserve unique handcrafted designed rings which reflect the intent to stick to the promise.
The material for the ring can range from aluminium, through silver plate and silver, to gold. Semi-precious stones, precious stones, even diamond can be included in the ring. If the promise is frivolous and trivial (like to finish your homework today) then even a loop of copper wire might suffice. If the promise is deeper or more important, then more expensive material might be needed. In folklore semi-precious and precious stones are associated with different astrological signs or qualities. For example, Turquoise represents the Sagittarius sign and is reputedly helpful for those who succumb to panic attacks or mania.
Cost is an overall reflection of the design and materials. If you're a millionaire and you have a deep commitment to keep then a uniquely handcrafted gold and diamond ring would be the minimum required for people to believe you are committed to your promise. At the other extreme, if you're a young student with thin finances and an important promise to keep time spent finding a unique handcrafted semi-precious ring would signify the specialness of your promise.
Ultimately the Ring you choose will be symbolic of the promise and the more special that promise, the more expensive or unique a ring is needed.
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