Throughout history, rings have come to symbolize many things. Kings have worn them as a symbol of their power and birthright. Members of secret societies have used them as a symbol of their affiliation. Students and alumni have them as a symbol of their academic success.
Probably the most popular symbolism of rings, however, is the love and commitment between romantic couples. It’s so popular that there are three different types of rings that couples can give to each other. To all the lovebirds out there, here are some things you need to know about these three types of rings.
A Promise Ring
In a romantic relationship, a promise ring usually represents the commitment of the couple to love and be faithful to each other. A couple usually exchanges these rings after coming to a mutual decision to be in an exclusive relationship. However, if only one is prepared to be fully committed to a relationship, they can still give their significant other a promise ring without getting one in return.
It often takes months into a relationship for a promise ring to be given or exchanged, but sometimes it can also be only a week or even a few years. When it comes to the actual pieces, silicone rings are popular nowadays because they’re affordable yet very stylish and durable.
An Engagement Ring
The next type of ring, usually given in a romantic relationship, is the engagement ring. This ring indicates that the wearer is engaged to be married. Of course, this ring is usually given by the man to the woman when he proposed. Like with the promise ring, there’s no right time for when an engagement ring (and a marriage proposal, for that matter) should be given.
Most couples, however, get engaged after a few years of being in a serious relationship. The man, who is typically responsible for picking an engagement ring, has the option of giving an heirloom ring or buying a new one. As for the design, rings with round- or princess-cut diamonds are still the most popular choices among women.
A Wedding Ring
After the promise and engagement rings, there is the wedding ring or band, which signifies the bond of marriage. These rings are, naturally, exchanged by the couple during their wedding ceremony. Unlike with the engagement ring, wedding bands are usually picked by the couple. Often, they will choose to getrings with the same material and style, enforcing the notion of two becoming one. Wedding bands are usually simple rings that have a few small gemstones or none at all. Metals like gold, silver, and white gold are still widely used in wedding bands, but silicone is fast gaining popularity as well.
A Symbol of Love and Commitment
Be it a promise, engagement, or wedding band, a ring is a symbol of love and commitment for couples in a romantic relationship. More than the rings, however, you need to show your love and commitment to your significant other in your words and actions.