Promise Rings are very popular among the young at the moment,
and this generation has adapted the concept for many uses.
"Promise" Rings: What they are and what they represent
Promise Rings are really common, but the use of this term is not. For this reason you may be puzzled about this
article. Others understand exactly what they are, and so will you after you have read this article.
Promise rings are particularly popular with the young and it is important that any persons considering
exchanging Promise Rings have some understanding of what they symbolize.
So what are Promise Rings, and what do they mean?
At it's simplest, Promise Rings are a symbol of a promise made between 2 people. However it is important to
understand that it is usually not appropriate to exchange rings to seal any promise, or that Promise Rings may well
not be the correct rings to use to seal that promise.
There are other types of rings which symbolize a promise made between 2 people. What is an Engagement Ring but a
ring symbolizing a promise made between 2 people? An engagement has no legal force like a marriage does. It is just
an agreement made between the parties that they will, at some time in the future, get married.
And so an Engagement Ring is, in effect, a Promise Ring, except that it symbolizes a very specific type of
promise. It is also possible to exchange pre engagement rings as well. These are also a type of Promise Ring,
promising that the 2 people will become engaged at some time in the future. These rings are often exchanged where,
due to the age of one or both of the parties, an engagement may be premature at this stage.
A Promise Ring can symbolize any promise, there are no formal rules governing what types of promise they
symbolize. However it is important to understand that for Promise Rings to have real meaning they must be used only
to seal a promise of a particularly serious nature between 2 people. A promise where both of the parties fully
understand the nature of the commitment that they make, and both understand the seriousness of their promise.
It is important that they both understand the exact nature of the promise made between them. There is no point
in exchanging rings where there is no clear understanding of exactly what it is that is being promised, so before
any promise is made and rings are exchanged both people should spend some quiet time together discussing exactly
what commitment is to be made between them, and how it will work.
Make sure that both are totally in agreement with the terms of the promise made, that both understand what is to
happen in the future in pursuance of that promise, and when.
It is usually better that both write the agreement down and keep a copy. That way there can be no disagreement
in the future. It can also be useful if possible, to inscribe the Promise Ring which is to be exchanged with a
small inscription that encapsulates the nature of the promise. Obviously this is not easy, but, for example, the
inscription of a specific date on a ring can be a clear reminder of what is to happen when.
It is of course possible just to exchange rings for any reason at all, and this is often done. However a Promise
Ring holds a more serious commitment than this. A friendship ring may often be a more appropriate exchange for many
young couples. This signifies a closeness between the couple but doesn't necessarily seal a specific agreement
about the relationship for the future.
A common type of Promise Ring is one which signifies a promise between 2 young people to abstain from sexual
activity until they are married. This is a serious commitment and properly the subject of a Promise Ring, or Purity
Ring, as long as both properly understand exactly what it is that is being promised. For example, what constitutes
A Promise Ring is not just for a promise made between 2 people. It can also be made by one person with
"themselves" or "God" depending on their beliefs. For example many promise purity to God without extending that
promise to any other person in particular.
So, before you consider wearing a Promise Ring, make sure that it signifies something that is of extreme
seriousness to you, or to both of you. Make sure you understand the nature of the commitment, the exact details,
and any time scales envisioned.
Only then can you confidently go ahead and display that promise to the world.