If you're not quite ready for marriage, yet would still like to show your partner that you are committed. A perfect compromise would be to present them with a promise ring. Promise rings are the middle ground between an official and long term commitment and a public announcement or promise that you only have eyes for each other. Hopefully this "one other" is the proud recipient of your promise ring.
Promise rings are very popular in high schools for young couples just beginning to enjoy the first feelings of love and romance. A promise ring need not be expensive, more importantly it is about what it represents. It's a public show of your affection, it shows your desire and intention. In fact, one could argue that it could be one of the most romantic gestures you could make. Is this an overstatement? No, I don't think so, read on.
When was the last time you bought your partner a gift or a trinket that simply said to them that you loved them? Let's take Valentine's day out of the question, this is the time of year we're expected to give our partners a gift or a card. In fact it can be argued that Valentine's day has become so commercial that all of the real romance has been lost. If we also remove birthday's and Christmas, it actually becomes very rare for any of us to make a gesture of love or commitment, unless we really have to.
You see, if we're honest a lot of us will agree that the best part of love or a new relationship is always the first rush of excitement. The first glance, the first time holding hands and the inevitable first kiss. When we look closer, for a lot of us, we experienced these feelings during high school. For those of us lucky enough to remember our first promise ring, it somehow brings back all of those lost feelings.
So my recommendation to everyone is to give your loved one a promise ring. Do not wait until a special day before doing so, do it long before or long after Valentine's day. Live for the moment and for the romance. Even if you're already married or engaged. Promise rings can mean so more these days than just a token gesture of your love. They enlighten lost memories, allow us to relive a time when romance was exactly that, a time before bills and mortgages, a time when we showed our love just because we wanted to.
In a way, the fact that promise rings are so inexpensive adds to the romantic gesture. In a way, it is easy to mistake love and romance based on the value of a ring. However, it's more than likely that an unsolicited gift, one that can evoke memories of a happy childhood will have a much more desirable impact.
In summary, promise rings are now back in vogue but only for the very true romantics amongst you.
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