Do Men Wear Promise Rings?

Do Men Wear Promise Rings?

Bryn Wakefield Bryn Wakefield
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Promise rings aren't exactly new, but they are becoming more and more popular in modern day. Because of the rise in couples sharing promise rings, there’s a lot more interest in the specifics. What do they mean? How do you wear them? 

For many of those questions, there’s no true answer. Promise rings are personal, and they can mean whatever you want them to. Most commonly they represent commitment and love, and they can take on many different looks. 

One of the biggest questions is whether men wear promise rings or not. You might've seen couples wear them together before, but is it the right fit for you? Continue on to find out all about men’s promise rings and more.

Do Men Wear Promise Rings? Two mens rings on a hand with a chain bracelet.

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Do Men Wear Promise Rings?

Absolutely! Promise rings can be worn by anyone — men included. A promise ring is a big gesture, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be your own special milestone. Promise rings can be given however you like, wherever you like, and they can be from a man to a woman, or vice versa. There's a long history of men's wedding rings, so why not wear engagement or promise rings too. 

Because promise rings don’t have the traditional style of an engagement ring: you can experiment greatly with what you wear. Men’s rings are perfect choices, as are diamond rings, and simple gold rings. Go with whatever you like!

Do Men Wear Promise Rings? Mens ring on finger,

As promise rings are most often worn by youth and couples who aren’t quite ready for the financial and time commitments of marriage, there are plenty of inexpensive options available. Cubic zirconia rings are very similar to diamond rings in look and sparkle, but they won’t set you back nearly as much. 

Let your promise ring be whatever it needs to be; whatever makes you happy. This is a representation of your commitment and promise to one another, so it makes sense that both you and your partner should wear one. 

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What Is A Promise Ring?

A promise ring is a symbol of your commitment to another person. It may be given to someone as a sign that you are going to marry them in the future, or it may be given as a symbol of your love for each other.

It can take many different forms, but often it is a ring that has no stone in it, so that it remains open and ready for any engagement ring you might choose later. Sometimes, however, a promise ring can be more like a traditional engagement ring.

Do Men Wear Promise Rings? Couple together in a garden wearing promise rings.

 

Surprisingly, promise rings have history dating back to the age of romans, used as a symbol of promise for marriage. They were a little different from engagement rings then, too, when it was law that a certain amount of time had to be waited before announcing engagement. 

Nowadays, promise rings are still used before an engagement ring, but they’re particularly popular for youth. When it’s not appropriate to announce marriage for financial reasons, gifting a promise ring to show your love and commitment to one another is a beautiful gesture.

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What Finger Does A Promise Ring Go On? 

In most cases, couples will choose to wear a promise ring on their ring finger or middle finger on either hand. Because a promise ring is often used as a precursor to wedding or engagement rings, the left ring finger is a popular choice. 

The right ring finger will leave you some room for the eventual gifting of an engagement ring, and may also prevent any confusion over whether you’re engaged or not. As mentioned, your middle fingers are also nice alternatives, as they still look traditional without sitting on a ‘wedding finger’. 

Do Men Wear Promise Rings? Couple holding hands with man wearing a eagle engraved promise ring.

If that doesn’t feel right just yet, you can wear a promise ring wherever it fits. Some couples even elect to wear their promise rings on a gold or silver chain, which is a really nice look. 

Promise Rings vs Engagement Rings

Promise rings and men's engagement rings are both seen as symbols of love, commitment and devotion. In fact, many people consider them to be interchangeable terms. However, they do have distinct differences when it comes to their meaning and design.

Do Men Wear Promise Rings? Two black sapphire rings laid flat over orange material.

The main difference between the two is that a promise ring is usually given before the engagement ring, as a commitment to being engaged in the future. For example, if someone has asked you to marry them but you want to wait until you're both ready, then they might give you a promise ring instead of an engagement ring until such time as you are ready for your big day. 

The meaning behind each type of ring can vary depending on the couple involved in the relationship but there are some common themes between them such as commitment and happiness. 

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Of course, an engagement ring is an official declaration of your intention to marry. A promise ring doesn’t have to be that official, and can symbolise whatever you want it to.

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