While many people have heard of promise rings, some may not realize their popular use as men’s rings. Promise rings date back to centuries ago when they were primarily used as placeholders for engagement rings. Today, however, the scope and meaning behind promise rings is much wider. Here is a look at men’s promise rings – their history, meaning, appearance and how to give and wear them.


SYMBOLISM

Men’s promise rings can symbolize a number of things – love, fidelity, purity, marriage, friendship or a certain intention or vow. Promise rings can serve as modern pre-engagement rings, indicating that a couple is taking serious steps towards spending their lives together. No matter what particular instance these men’s rings are used for, they almost always indicate a special bond between two people.


HISTORY

Promise rings are thought to date back to the 1500s. Men would give promise rings as a sort of engagement ring, especially if they could not afford to get married in the immediate future. The occasion of women giving promise rings popped up more recently to the 20th century. These men’s rings were usually offered when their beloved was not in a current position to marry. In these instances, the woman giving the promise ring was making a romantic gesture indicating that she would patiently wait until her love was able to be wed, for financial reasons or otherwise.


APPEARANCE

Promise rings are very often instantly recognizable, yet they can greatly vary in style. Poesy rings, an early form of promise rings popular during Shakespearean times, were often engraved with romantic phrases. In the 16th century promise rings often had an inlay of uncut diamonds or other gemstones so that they could be used to engrave phrases of devotion into hard surfaces like glass.
Modern promise rings for men both reflect these past styles and offer wholly contemporary looks. Like the bands of old, these men’s rings can be dotted with diamonds or engraved with romantic sentiments or promises on the exterior of their bands. Newer styles can be found in more modern designs and alternative materials such as titanium, stainless steel and tungsten.


HOW TO GIVE PROMISE RINGS

Because promise rings can stand for a variety of different sentiments and occasions, it becomes necessary to state the actual promise when presenting the ring. Consider offering your men’s ring in a more formalized setting that reflects your vow and intention.


HOW TO GIVE PROMISE RINGS

Because promise rings can stand for a variety of different sentiments and occasions, it becomes necessary to state the actual promise when presenting the ring. Consider offering your men’s ring in a more formalized setting that reflects your vow and intention.

No matter what your men’s promise ring stands for, it makes a beautiful statement and holds a rich and romantic history.