Promise Ring Meaning:
The beauty of a promise ring is that its meaning is as individual as the person wearing it and as unique as the feelings that they feel. Promise rings are usually worn to symbolize a person's firm pledge to be true to either another person, a code of honor, or to a religious faith. The most common reason couples exchange promise rings is to pledge a commitment to become engaged in the future. Often, a formal engagement may bring with it a storm of wedding plans, serious life planning questions, financial issues, and potentially unwelcome pressure from family and in laws. In this case, exchanging promise rings is a far more private and less stressful pledge between the couple. It is an intimate commitment to a lifelong relationship without the circus of marriage plans. Many people find that later in life they cherish their promise rings with a special nostalgia because it represents the uncomplicated beginning of love.
Promise rings symbolizing love are also given when the timing of the actual engagement and subsequent marriage may be so far in the future that it feels more appropriate to have an intermediary stage that symbolizes that the relationship has transitioned from "dating" to something with more meaning and sincerity.
Both men and women can wear promise rings to symbolize their commitment to each other. Worn on the left hand ring finger is the traditional finger, a promise ring is often ceremoniously switched to the right hand when the engagement ring takes its place.
Chastity Promise Rings
Promise rings representing sexual abstinence were once primarily worn by teenagers but more and more adults are now choosing to wear chastity promise rings. Many men and women feel that choosing abstinence allows them to make better decisions about their lives and potential partners and helps to prevent them from rushing into an inappropriate relationship. To honor their commitment to finding true love, they wear a chastity ring to remind themselves and potential partners that they are looking for a long lasting relationship and that the relationship will only become physical with marriage.
Best Friends Promise Rings
At the end of high school, college, or some other significant transition in life when friends must go their separate ways, many people buy matching promise rings and have them custom engraved to honor their special friendship. Sometimes a school ring will have the same meaning. However, when friends desire something special that is unique to their relationship, matching promise rings are a better choice. Whether the friends are school age or adults who simply feel a special bond to each other, best friend promise rings make a great gift.
Friends promise rings can be various in style. Love themed, fashion oriented, right hand rings, gemstones..etc. These rings are usually not worn on the left ring finger to avoid romantic connotation.
Religious Promise Rings
A spiritual commitment to uphold a faith can be symbolized with a promise ring adorned with traditional religious symbols such as an angel, cross, dove, engraved scripture...etc. It is appropriate to wear a spiritual promise ring on any finger. Some chastity promise rings are worn on the left ring finger to symbolize a complete commitment to one's faith until the ring is replaced by a marriage ring.
Substinence Free Promise Rings
The amethyst stone has symbolized sobriety since the times of the ancient Greeks so it is not surprising that an amethyst promise ring takes on special meaning for those who have conquered addictions in their lives. The word amethyst is literally translated from a Greek word meaning "not drunken". Addiction take take on many forms other than alcohol: drugs, gambling, co-dependence, fear...etc. For those who have reached a point of rebirth in their lives when they are free from addiction, a promise ring is a way to commemorate their commitment. The ring represents their faith in themselves and their ability to live without addiction. The promise ring is a daily reminder and celebration of their accomplishment and courage.