A token of your love. A symbol of your commitment. A promise to keep each other close, through good times and bad.
Promise rings have gained quite some attention over the years, but many are still unsure of what they mean, or whether they’re even necessary. Here at Lucy & Mui, we believe that every ring tells its own unique, personal story.
A promise ring is no different. In fact, without the strings of an engagement or wedding attached, a promise ring can mark a truly magical milestone in your relationship with your loved one. It can be a delicate memento of your love, and a promise of forever.
While it is sometimes seen as a placeholder ring before the actual engagement ring, we believe that the promise ring is so much more than that. This ring is symbolic and entirely personal. You get to decide what your ring means to you and your loved one, and we find that truly special.
History of promise rings
The idea of giving a ring as a promise of love actually dates back several hundred years. In the 15th to 17th centuries, men gave posy rings to their partners as a lover’s gift. Posy rings – the name comes from poésie, French for poetry – were often inscribed with romantic phrases to profess their unwavering love and affection.
Acrostic rings became popular during the Georgian and Victorian eras. These rings spelled out unique words with the name of each gemstone. For example, putting ruby, emerald, garnet, amethyst, ruby, and diamond together spelled out “regard”.
Promise rings today
Today, promise rings are a little less elaborate but hold just as much significance. Whether it’s a simple band or a petite diamond ring, what matters most is the meaning behind the ring. Some give a promise ring before an engagement, others see it as a token of commitment in untraditional arrangements, such as cohabiting, a long-distance relationship, or marrying later in life. Whatever your story is, what remains constant is your love for each other.
When to give a promise ring
Maybe you’re thinking about getting a promise ring for your loved one. But you’re not sure when’s the right time, or how to do it. We’re here to help!
Giving a promise ring can be just as momentous as proposing with an engagement ring, so do plan the moment carefully. It can be a symbolic date that means something to both of you, like your first date, a special event you celebrated, or even her birthday. Focus on the story and meaning behind this ring, and the promise that’s being made. It’s not about creating the perfect moment, but one that is perfect for the two of you.
Promise ring for him?
A promise ring isn’t solely reserved for her. Men can wear them as well! Many couples nowadays do exchange promise rings. Some even pick their promise rings together and wear them on their ring fingers to show their commitment to each other.
Some men tend to shy away from jewelry, so keep in mind that you're less likely to go wrong with simple understated style that is comfortable for everyday wear. If you’re picking your promise rings together, make sure you find a pair that resonates with both of you.
Promise rings or engagement rings?
While some couples skip the promise ring and go straight to an engagement ring, others give a promise ring to foreshadow a proposal in the future. The choice is entirely yours to make, and we’re here with you at every step of the way. Our collection of engagement rings can be gifted as promise rings as well.
A promise ring marks the start of your forever, and we are thrilled to have been a part of handcrafting unique symbols of promise. If you’re thinking of personalizing or customizing your promise ring, get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about our Bespoke or Made Yours services.
Ivy Sapphire Ring, USD420