A promise ring is a symbol of commitment, usually given to a man by a woman, it is a special piece of jewelry that is often classed as a mans engagement ring, it symbolises a 'promise' of commitment. this type of gift can also be exchanged between couples as a pre engagement, or even just as a token gesture between a man and women, for younger people it is an updated version of wearing your boyfriends ring around your neck on a chain, it symbolises being together. That being said, promise rings are also exchanged between friends, for many years rings have been used to seal promises between close friends or family. A promise ring can be worn on any finger depending on the type of ring. If the band is given to a man for friendship then it can be worn on any finger or even the thumb. If the promise ring is to symbolise pre engagement or engagement then it is traditionally worn on the left hand ring finger like a traditional engagement ring.
There are many types of promise rings available, if the ring is to symbolise engagement then it is worth considering one made with diamonds, you can select other stones to sit along side the diamond also, it is a good idea to look at what colours your partner wears when choosing one with mixed stones, have a look in their wardrobe and select a stone that wont clash with their clothes. If the promise ring is for a man and will be worn on a daily basis then it is wise to choose durable metal, titanium being one of the most popular. There is also the option to have it engraved with your 'promise' this will make the gift unique and more meaningful, this type of band is extremely romantic and a way to share your heartfelt sentiments with the one you love. Depending on your budget will effect which type of promise ring you purchase whether it be a diamond promise ring, a gold promise ring, a titanium promise ring or even a silver promise ring, the most important thing to remember is to make clear the promise you are making when giving the ring to someone. There is nothing worse than receiving a ring and assuming it is for engagement when it is infact just a symbol of your friendship. Enclosing a note to explain what the ring s for should clarify things and avoid embarrassment.
Promise rings are also given to children from parents as promises to refrain from bad virtues such as smoking or drinking or even forming a sexual relationship before marriage. Some religions also use promise rings to symbolise their faith. These rings are usually worn by followers and the promise ring is a commitment to follow the beliefs and teachings of their religion in everyday life.
Vicki Churchill writes for several sites including Diamond And Sapphire Rings and Diamond Rings including what, where & how to buy the perfect Promise Ring.