You’ve decided that you are going to give your girlfriend a promise ring, how exciting! You’ve gone out and picked the perfect ring that you just know she is going to absolutely adore, that's the hard part. Right? Think again.
Now that you have the ring, it's time to figure out exactly how you are going to give it to her. There truly are an endless array of possibilities as to how to present the ring and it's entirely up to you what you decide to do.
The best thing about promise rings is their ambiguity. Each ring, its meaning and the proposal will be different, depending on the couple. To some people, a promise ring signifies an intention to marry, where the ring acts as a placeholder for an engagement ring, whereas for others, a promise ring is solely a token of love, commitment and dedication.
Read on to learn about the different ways that you can give your girlfriend a promise ring.
- History of the Promise Ring
- Which Finger does a Promise Ring Go On?
- How to Give your Girlfriend a Promise Ring
History of the Promise Ring
While promise rings have only fairly recently made their way back into society, their popularity is astronomical. Promise rings have in fact, been around for a very long time. Roman brides would wear promise rings during the 2nd century BC to symbolise a promise to marry, because, at this time, couples had to wait a period of time between announcing their engagement and the ceremony itself. This idea transformed throughout the 15th to the 17th century to introduce the term ‘posy rings’. These rings featured an engraved love poem and were far more romantic then their antecedent. While there are many names and variations of the same idea, jewellery and rings continue to act as a promise for devotion, commitment and love. In recent history, celebrities like Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers wore promise rings, which boosted their audience and popularity.
Which Finger does a Promise Ring Go On?
There is no right or wrong answer to this question. Like everything else promise ring related, it is entirely up to you which finger you wear your promise ring on. For those who see promise rings as a step towards marriage, they may wear their promise ring on their engagement finger as a placeholder (on the left hand). However, more often than not, a promise ring is worn on the ring finger of the right hand to show that they are still yet to be engaged. It will also depend on the ring’s size, which finger you wear it on - it’s entirely up to you.
If you aren’t a big ring-wearer, you can choose to wear your ring on a chain around the neck, which is a great alternative for those who work with their hands a lot.
How to Give your Girlfriend a Promise Ring
Set the Scene
It's all about location, location, location! Whether it is somewhere significant to your relationship or a favourite place of hers, this can be an extremely romantic gesture. Some ideas could be a restaurant, lookout, beach or even at home. You can even make your own living room have a touch of romance with some flowers, candles and a homemade meal. Wherever you choose to give the ring, it’s important that you put thought into the place and make it special - a little effort can go a long way.
It's especially important that you plan out what you are going to say when you finally get to present your ring. Given that promise rings have so many meanings, you want to make sure that you are both on the same page with what the ring symbolises. Explain to her why you have chosen to give her the promise ring, what it means to you and the things that you love about her. This way, you can make it clear from the start how important this ring is to your relationship and she will adore the thought that you have put into the proposal.
Surprise or Anticipated?
There are two ways that your proposal is going to go, it will either be a huge surprise or something a little more expected and both can have their perks.
You can take the guesswork out of buying a ring and take your significant other with you on your shopping adventure. If you have been in a long term relationship, odds are that you have talked about whether a promise ring is on the cards. By going together, you can make sure that she gets her dream ring and make it a joint effort. Not only this, but you could even get yourself a men's promise ring.
If you would rather the promise ring be a big surprise, you can choose to give it on a special occasion such as a birthday, anniversary or valentines day. Or, why not pop the proposal out of the blue! There’s no need for a special day to surprise the one you love.
Making the decision to give your partner a promise ring is an exciting step in your relationship and you really can let it mean whatever you would like it to mean. Make your intentions clear and pick the perfect spot to really make the proposal all that much sweeter.
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