The Gift of a Promise Ring

Many people are unsure of what a promise ring is or how it’s different from an engagement ring. An engagement ring is usually exchanged between those that intend to marry.  But there are many reasons for exchanging a promise ring. Often, the giver and the wearer are the only ones who know what the promise is.     

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The meaning behind your promise ring:

The reasons people choose to give a promise ring can symbolize many things.  These reasons can be highly individual and although it most often represents love and commitment, there are many other reasons for such a gift.  Give a promise ring to symbolize commitment to get engaged someday – when the timing is better.  Perhaps after graduation, a return from overseas, or when it’s financially easier

Promise rings are appropriate for any of the following scenarios:

  • From a parent to a child to show commitment or as a way to say “I love you”.
  • When a marriage creates new family bonds, it can be given to show your commitment as a new parent.
  • As a symbol of celibacy – to show your commitment to waiting until marriage.
  • As an exchange between friends to pledge friendship forever
  • To show a commitment to a faith, a goal, or as a pledge to break a bad habit.

No matter what your reason for giving a promise ring, the secret can always stay with you and the wearer.

How much should you spend on a promise ring?

This choice is entirely up to you.  There are no specific guidelines on what one should spend. This is usually a much smaller purchase than a traditional engagement ring, so find a budget that works for you. Eighty to ninety percent of buyers spend between $50 – $1000 on their purchase.   At Montana Gems and Jewelry, we have rings to fit the bill staring at $89.

What finger should I wear my ring on?

The finger you choose to wear your ring on depends on the commitment it represents. The left ring finger is a common choice when the ring is an expression of romance. If an engagement happens in the future, you can move this ring to the right ring finger.  Ultimately, it’s your choice as to where you choose to wear your special ring.

What does a promise ring look like?


These rings are typically more subtle than a typical engagement ring.  Sapphires can be a great choice here but in smaller sizes, clusters, or paired with small diamonds. Usually the focus is on the overall design.  You can find a variety of styles, some that have infinity symbols, circles or hearts are often good choices. 

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