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Promise Rings - A Symbol Of Love

Aug 17, 2007
Most often when thinking of someone receiving a ring whether it is for engagement, wedding or a gift you might think that it is always a woman that is the receiver however today it is becoming more common for men to receive rings.

The promise ring is a ring that is given to a man by a woman as a symbol of commitment and often considered as a mans engagement ring.

A promise ring can also symbolise other emotions and promises, quite often a promise ring will be exchanged between friends or family members as a gesture of love and a promise of eternal friendship.

It is important when offering a promise ring to someone that you both understand the meaning of the promise in question, you do not want to give a male friend a promise ring based on a promise of friendship and they think it is a promise of marriage.

If the promise ring is for engagement one of the advantages is this type of ring will be considerably lower in price than a normal engagement ring. If the promise ring is for a man then it is important to choose a metal that is going to both suit the wearer and last a long time.

Titanium is a popular choice of men's promise rings because this type of metal is strong and durable but also light in weight. A titanium promise ring will retain its shape and is also biocompatible which mean it will be less likely to cause any skin irritations should the receiver have sensitive skin.

Titanium will not rust or discolour and its strength makes it a more masculine metal which is perfect if the promise ring is intended for a man

There is no rule when it comes to which finger a promise ring should be worn, generally speaking if the promise is of engagement then the ring is worn on the left hand and then moved to the right hand once the wedding has taken place. If the ring is for friendship then the right hand will avoid any confusion of romantic ties between the giver and receiver.

There are many styles of promise rings, your budget and the promise itself will determine which type of ring you chose, if it is for engagement you may consider a diamond promise ring if the ring is a simple promise of friendship then a pain ring with the word friendship engraved on it may suit you better.

Which ever type of ring you decide on make sure than when you give it to someone they understand the meaning, maybe adding a little note or card in the ring box explaining what promise you are making will avoid any confusion.
About the Author
Allen Jesson writes for several sites that specialize in Antique Engagement Rings, Vintage Engagement Rings and A Gift Of Poetry
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