How to Pick a Promise RingThere are no rules as to when to give a promise ring. It is, however, usually given after a couple has been dating for a year or more. But time isn’t always the main factor. When a couple is ready for the commitment is a consideration. Some people give promise rings when they decide to cohabitate with the idea they may marry later.
If you’re planning to buy a promise ring for your boyfriend or girlfriend, here are some tips to help shop for one:
- Pick a Metal: A good starting point is to decide if you want your promise ring to be platinum, sterling silver, white gold, rose gold, or yellow gold.
- Decide on a Ring Setting: The setting determines the overall style of the ring. A heart symbol is common, but some couples choose solitaire rings or eternity bands.
- Select a Gemstone: Couples often choose diamond promise rings; these can be arranged in clusters or as three-stone rings that represent your devotion to one another in the past, present, and future. Overall, diamonds for a promise ring tend to be smaller than those used in engagement rings.
Other gemstones can be used as well, whether you choose one that represents someone’s personality, birth month, or the color and vibe they prefer. However, a promise ring can be given without a gemstone. A simple ring may feature a unique pattern or engraved message.
What Finger Do I Wear a Promise Ring On?A promise ring can be worn on any finger, on whichever hand you choose. However, it’s common to wear it on the ring finger on the left hand. Other people wear it on the ring finger of the right hand, whether because they’re married or prefer it that way. A trendy style is to wear a promise ring on the pinky.
Promise Ring Sizing
Any ring must be the right size. If not, it may be too tight or fall off and get lost. Ring size can be measured with a ring you already have, a paper strip with printed measurements, or with a piece of string cut to the dimensions of the wearer’s finger. Using more than one method can provide a more confident measurement, or you can visit your local jeweler to determine your exact ring size.
If you haven’t discussed with your partner about getting a promise ring, think about asking them. But if you’re planning a surprise, ask a parent, sibling, or best friend about their ring size. You can also look at the jewelry they already wear (try it on, make an impression on a bar of soap, or sneak it to a jeweler). A jeweler can use your finger comparison or the markings outlining the item to identify the wearer’s ring size.