A butterfly promise ring is a commitment to growing together and to constantly work on your relationship. Only then can you become the best version of yourselves.
Take the next step in your relationship and make it official by getting promise rings that fit together. The butterfly promise ring is a symbolic representation of an ever-growing relationship. Perfect for couples and friends!
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- Resizable ring (the smaller ring has a fixed Ø of 17mm)
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- Color: silver
Butterfly promise ring
There are some jewels that have special importance. The promise ring is one of them. This one carries a strong commitment, often synonymous with fidelity, love, or eternal friendship. This ring is often offered at the beginning of a love relationship. It also marks the ties of friendship between two people. But this jewel can also represent a promise that one makes to oneself.
History and meaning of the butterfly promise ring
The butterfly promise ring can trace its origins to the "fede" ring, a piece of jewelry that symbolized an agreement of trust, a contract, between two people. It can be recognized by its pattern of joined hands, called "mani in fede", or "hands in trust". In the Middle Ages, this type of ring continued to be exchanged, especially as a sign of commitment to love. Today, the promise ring is particularly popular in the United States, where young people give each other this jewel as a symbol of their love or friendship. Rich in meaning, this piece of jewelry has crossed the Atlantic and is the subject of gifts between boys and girls, men and women who share common feelings and aspirations.
When and to whom to give a butterfly promise ring?
The promise ring often serves as a symbol of love. It is, therefore, an excellent gift for Valentine's Day or for an anniversary, a first meeting, a first date, a first kiss... It is ideal to consolidate a relationship that is just beginning, especially between two young people, without having to commit to a marriage.
When it reinforces the bonds of friendship, the ring can be offered for an anniversary, at Christmas, or to celebrate a date or a particular event. It can also be used to make a promise to oneself.
Finally, the butterfly promise ring is more and more often used as a pre-engagement ring. If the man is unsure about the choice of engagement ring, he can offer a promise ring at the time of his proposal. The final engagement ring is then chosen as a couple; this way, mistakes are avoided without sacrificing the surprise effect.
How to wear a butterfly promise ring?
Generally, it is desirable that the promise ring not be confused with an engagement ring or wedding band. As these jewels are traditionally worn on the ring finger of the left hand, the middle or right ring finger is preferred for the butterfly promise ring. It can also be worn on a chain around the neck, like a pendant.
Between promise rings, purity rings, commitment rings, pre-engagement rings, and beyond, the confusion around the meaning of a promise ring is totally understandable.
What is the purpose of a promise ring? On which finger is it worn? Are they only for women? How do you get one, give one, buy one, return one? Many questions. That's why we've done some research to explain everything you need to know about the meaning, traditions, and more of promise rings.
What is a promise ring?
A promise ring is a ring given by one person to another in a romantic relationship to signify fidelity and commitment, often (but not always) before the engagement.
In its most essential form, the promise ring symbolizes a partner's devotion to the relationship with someone special, and the acceptance of the ring expresses the recipient's reciprocity.
This means that it is a relationship of trust between two people, romantic (in most cases) or not.
What are the differences between a promise ring and an engagement ring?
The difference between these two pieces of jewelry lies mainly in the purpose of the ring. While an engagement ring is given for only one reason - to propose and symbolize that you are getting married - a promise ring is given as a symbol of commitment, not specifically for marriage.
When you give (or receive) an engagement ring, you are signaling that you are specifically getting married. Once the ring is given, you and your partner usually begin to actively plan your wedding and make a firm commitment to marry each other.
A promise ring is much more symbolic. No wedding date is set and the ring has no single meaning. Instead, it could symbolize a mutual commitment, friendship, a pre-commitment, a relationship milestone, or any other personal significance.
Aesthetically, promise rings are generally simpler than engagement rings. While you can choose a promise ring with a large diamond or gemstone or an ornate setting, most people choose a simple but elegant ring when giving a promise ring to their partner
Significance of the promise ring
As the name suggests, promise rings represent a promise made between two people, but their specific and personal meaning can vary from situation to situation. Much of the appeal of the promise ring stems from the many meanings it can represent.
As a couple
What the promise ring symbolizes between couples is very individual, but most often it represents love and commitment. It may be a promise to get engaged someday at some unspecified time, perhaps after graduation, the end of a trip abroad, or when it is easier financially. Many couples give or wear promise rings specifically to signify a future commitment, while others do so more as a general symbol of devotion to each other.
Promise rings are also gaining popularity with couples who don't necessarily feel the need to put a label on their relationship or keep to a timeline. For them, a ring is an outward symbol for people who are moving in together and don't have immediate wedding plans but are clearly committed to a relationship. There is a physical symbol of the relationship to show the outside world that now you are more than just a "date".
It may be noted that the growing popularity of promise rings echoes a growing trend of couples cohabiting and/or marrying later in life. While they may not be ready - or even want - to commit to marriage, a promise ring indicates that their commitment goes beyond just a chance meeting or cohabitation.
In a non-romantic relationship
Promise rings can be exchanged between friends, promising friendship forever.
Promise rings can also be given by a parent to a child to say "I will always love you" or "I will always be there for you".
In fact, promise rings can be worn as a reminder of one's commitment to a specific goal. The opportunities are endless such as a commitment to faith, a challenge, or even a promise to break a bad habit.
If you are making a pact with a loved one, why not symbolize it physically with a promise ring?
The History of Butterfly Promise Rings
Since it is impossible to obtain verifiable academic sources for this type of jewelry, we have relied on information provided by jewelry professionals on the internet. There is no real consensus as to their historical origin, however, from the Renaissance onwards we start to find rings that can be assimilated to today's promise rings.
The idea of giving a ring as a promise of love and affection goes back hundreds of years. The tradition of wearing a ring to demonstrate loyalty and fidelity dates back to ancient times, and there is evidence that Roman brides wore engagement rings in the 2nd century BC.
Posy rings, engraved with romantic poems, date back to 16th century England, while acrostic rings - which spell out a word in gemstones (e.g., LOVE with Amethyst, Morganite, Fire Opal, Uvite, and Rhodolite.) - were popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Modern promise rings only resurfaced as a mainstream trend in the early part of our millennium, thanks in large part to the publicity surrounding celebrity promise rings (think Jonas Brothers and celebrity couple Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth).
When to give a promise ring?
While wedding rings are not synonymous with marriage, they should not be treated lightly. To give a rule of thumb, a promise ring should be given after a couple has dated for a significant period of time - a year or more - to show how serious their relationship is. According to a 2017 UK survey, couples on average, need 17 months before moving in together and another 22 months before getting engaged. With that in mind, a promise ring can be a way to romantically prepare for their life together.
So it goes without saying that you should only give or wear a promise ring when you are ready to make a commitment.
Are they only for women?
When you hear "promise ring," your mind may immediately think of a man giving one to a woman. But male promise rings are quite common.
Before they got married in 2018, both Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth wore promise rings.
In fact, promise rings are perfectly acceptable to give to a man and will often be a symbol that he will be proud to wear to show his devotion to you.
It's becoming more and more common for a man to wear an engagement ring and it's really no different than a woman wearing an engagement ring, so why not? If you want to show your boyfriend that you're committed to him, but you're not ready for marriage yet, the engagement ring gives you a great option to show your love for each other. Discuss the idea ahead of time, and if he's receptive, you can start thinking about the engagement.
Every day, couples promise rings to each other. Other times, a person gives one to his/her partner to make a commitment and show how much he/she values the relationship.
In summary: whether male or female and regardless of sexual orientation, anyone can give or wear a promise ring.
On which finger does a promise ring sit?
Generally, the finger or hand on which you wear your promise ring is entirely up to you. Promise rings can be worn on any finger. Sometimes they are even worn on a chain around the neck.
However, it is observed that the most common way to wear a romantic promise ring is on the ring finger of the left hand. If an engagement ring comes up in the future, the promise ring often goes on the opposite hand.
What should a promise ring look like?
In general, promise rings are usually smaller and more subtle than engagement rings.
There are no rules about the best metals or stones for promise rings, which makes it popular to go with whatever you like... you and your wallet.
In terms of style, anything is also possible with promise rings. Honestly, there are no requirements in this regard. Here are some popular themes and styles of promise rings:
- intertwined hearts or designs in silver or gold to represent a couple's union, the butterfly promise ring is a perfect example
- Claddagh rings: This is a traditional Irish design that features a heart held by two hands and a crown, representing love, loyalty, and friendship.
- Eternity Rings: This is a ring where the line of stones goes around the finger. This choice may seem a bit premature but the message of commitment could not be clearer.
- Precious or semi-precious stone rings. Diamonds are a popular choice, although the stones tend to have a lower carat weight or be grouped in pavé rather than a single stone.
- Some couples even decide to choose matching promise rings.
In terms of commitment, promise rings are considered more of a fashion piece while engagement rings have a more sacred nature as it is the step that leads to marriage.
So it's not worth it to give away the big picture directly with a promise ring, but rather to hint at a shared future.
In the case of a non-romantic relationship, there is even more freedom. Why not choose a ring that symbolizes the people as well as the promise? For example, a promise ring with a tree of life will signify a commitment to a healthier lifestyle (e.g. eating healthier, mediation, quitting smoking...)