Promise Rings! Hot Symbols of Commitment Since the 16th Century!

Written by Mary Ferguson

What's all this fuss about promise rings? Are they something new or have they been around for a while? What do they mean and why is my teenager wearing one? If you've ever wondered whatrepparttar rage is all about, then you've come torepparttar 145815 right place!

What exactly is a promise ring?

When an agreement or oath has been made between two people, a promise ring is a piece of jewelry given as a token ofrepparttar 145816 commitment that was made.

Sounds simple enough doesn't it? Well, be careful becauserepparttar 145817 promise made between two people can be practically anything. It's imperative that both parties are clear onrepparttar 145818 meaning ofrepparttar 145819 pact or pledge.

For example:

  • Monogamy: A promise to stay faithful to one another.
  • Chastity or Purity: A promise to keep ones virginity until marriage.
  • Friendship: A promise to seal a pledge of eternal friendship.
  • Substance or Sobriety: A promise to remain free from addictive behavior (alcohol, drugs, food, gambling, etc.).
  • Religious or Christian: A promise to remain committed to one's faith or belief inrepparttar 145820 God of their understanding.

These are just a few ofrepparttar 145821 more popular reasons to give or wear a promise ring.


That being said,repparttar 145822 most popular reason to give a promise ring is for pre-engagement.

Are you confused yet? Pre-engagement is actually not as bad as it sounds. It has always been popular to exchange promise rings, so a couple can showcase their commitment to one another prior to getting engaged. In other words, this ring is symbolic of a promise there will be an engagement ring forthcoming.

If you are old enough to remember "going steady" with someone then giving this type of promise ring is kind ofrepparttar 145823 updated version of going steady. The symbolism ofrepparttar 145824 promise ring is really no different than a girl of years ago wearing her boyfriend's high school ring on a chain around her neck or wearing her steady boyfriend's letterman jacket. If you are too young to understand this analogy, talk to your parents or grandparents and they can enlighten you.

This trial period beforerepparttar 145825 engagement is a good way for a couple to testrepparttar 145826 waters before they make an actual commitment to marriage. Some may scoff at this gesture of pre-engagement. However, withrepparttar 145827 rise in divorce rates in this country it may be wise to start off slowly inrepparttar 145828 relationship instead of rushing ahead into something you are not ready for.

The other good news here is that a promise ring costs significantly less than an engagement ring. It makes a wonderful alternative forrepparttar 145829 couple who chooses not to spend a fortune on a ring at this time but still wants to make a statement about their commitment to one another.

How does one wear a promise ring - which finger, which hand?

Basically it's strictly a matter of personal preference, howeverrepparttar 145830 finger and hand you choose can depend entirely onrepparttar 145831 type of ring it is and in some casesrepparttar 145832 type of pledge. For example, an Irish Claddagh ring can have several meanings depending onrepparttar 145833 way it is:

  • Worn onrepparttar 145834 left hand,repparttar 145835 wearer has made a promise of love and fidelity.
  • Worn onrepparttar 145836 right hand withrepparttar 145837 heart facing outward,repparttar 145838 wearer's heart is free.
  • Worn onrepparttar 145839 right hand withrepparttar 145840 heart turned inward,repparttar 145841 Wearer's heart is taken.

If you are exchanging friendship rings, it may be wise to wearrepparttar 145842 ring on your right hand so there is no confusion about romantic ties. There are many different types of rings you can share with a friend that will be meaningful to you both. A fun vacation you went on orrepparttar 145843 love of a certain hobby or animal, for example. My best friend and I share a love of cats. Therefore, we bought matching kitty cat rings, gold with diamond pave no less! These rings are special only to us and are a symbol of our friendship.

Buying Sterling Silver Jewelry Without Being Ripped-Off

Written by Sam Serio

Buying sterling silver jewelry can be fun, exciting and confusing. Whether you’re considering a gift of sterling silver jewelry for someone special or as a treat for yourself, take some time to learnrepparttar terms used inrepparttar 145814 industry. Here’s some information to help you getrepparttar 145815 best quality sterling silver jewelry for your money, whether you’re shopping in a traditional brick and mortar store or online.

Sterling silver jewelry is enjoying an unprecedented popularity with today’s fashion conscious public. You know how beautiful sterling silver jewelry is and how brilliantly it shines. Now here isrepparttar 145816 rest ofrepparttar 145817 story.

Silver has been used since ancient times, but has not survived as well as ancient gold because it tarnishes and decomposes. There have been times, however, when silver was “in”; we are going through such a vogue today.

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