There are certain traditions that symbolize a couple’s love for each other. If you’d like to give your true love a gift that’s more meaningful than a bouquet of roses or a trinket, you might consider buying a promise ring. Not only are these rings romantic, but they’re more affordable than engagement rings, and they show the person you love that they mean very much to you. There are many different styles and options for these types of rings, so you have a large range to choose from that will suit every taste and budget.
A Longstanding Tradition Between Sweethearts
Also called pre-engagement rings, these rings actually date back to the 1500s, when a young man who could not yet afford an engagement ring would give his beloved a less expensive ring as a way to show his intentions for future marriage. These rings, sometimes called “poesy rings,” were especially popular with couples in Shakespeare’s time, with romantic messages inscribed upon them. In modern times, the tradition continues, with most of these rings being given as a symbol of commitment and the promise of at least a long-term relationship, if not future engagement.
Engraved Rings with a Special Message of Love and Commitment
It’s still common for these types of rings to have messages or promises engraved on them. For example, a meaningful phrase or anniversary date can be inscribed on the inside of the band to remind each other of your devotion. A new style that looks very elegant is a design in which the couple’s names are engraved around gemstones as part of the decoration. This brings the ring to a whole new level and turns it into a true, cherished treasure.
Jewels and Precious Stones for Added Beauty and Elegance
Rings can look classy and elegant enough on their own without very much embellishment, but rings with gemstones truly sparkle and catch the eye. Jeweled rings can be ordered as they are, or they can be custom created online or through a local jeweler. There’s no limit to the combinations you can create with rings of gold or silver and gemstones. Some ideas for using gems in these special rings are the birthstones of you and your partner, especially if names or a message are engraved around the stones. For a timeless look that would especially be appropriate for a pre-engagement ring, brilliant sparklers like diamond or cubic zirconium can be used.
Anyone who receives a meaningful ring, whether personally designed and inscribed with loving words, or sparkling with jewels, is sure to cherish the gift – and the relationship it signifies. When these rings are given with true emotion, they become much more than just a piece of jewelry: they become a symbol of love and commitment, and an heirloom for not only the recipient, but future generations to admire and cherish. Even better than just giving one ring, they can be bought as a set, so both of you can have matching rings to show the world your commitment. When you give a ring that symbolizes your promise to love only each other, you’re continuing a romantic tradition that goes back centuries.