A diamond promise ring represents all of these. Given as a symbol of fidelity in a committed relationship, it is a beginning. It is a gift that infers exclusivity within a relationship, and one that expresses to the world intent to commit to this promise.
Forerunners to the current diamond promise ring began to appear hundreds of years ago in England. The Scribbling Ring was imbedded with uncut diamond chips and exchanged by lovers. Using the diamonds in these rings, the lovers would scribble love notes to each other on window glass or mirrors.
Presently diamond promise rings are generally given as a pre-engagement ring. The eternal symbol of a ring; without beginning or end, is a simple yet elegant way to express a desire to fulfill a promise of a deeper commitment in the future. The diamond promise ring is often used as a stepping stone to marriage.
While engagement rings are often sold with an accompanying wedding band, promise rings are not. Promise rings can be worn on any finger of either hand. Personal preference dictates proper etiquette, but be aware that any ring placed on the left hand ring finger is rarely viewed as anything less than engaged or married in our society.
When shopping for a diamond promise ring there are a lot of options. Prices for these rings are lower than engagement rings, however the diamonds used are not the chips used in the 16th century! Quality diamonds set in gold mountings are the most popular; however other less traditional diamond promise rings exist.
Before purchasing a diamond promise ring consider the preferences of the person who will be wearing it. Do they like gold or silver? Do they wear a lot of colors in their wardrobe? What kind of personality do they have?
If you are buying a promise ring for someone who enjoys a sleek, contemporary look, consider seeking a white gold diamond promise ring with channel set diamonds. These rings have inlayed diamonds and are perfect for active people. The diamonds are sometimes paired with other colored stones to add interest. By adding the birthstones of the two people represented by the promise ring, a personalized touch is introduced.
A more old-fashioned option is a Black Hills gold ring. Mined in South Dakota, Black Hills gold comes in several unique colors and tends to appeal to the old-fashioned romantic who wants a bit of antique style and color to compliment the diamonds in their ring.
Prices for commercially produced diamond promise rings generally range from under $100 to $400, with prices for men's promise rings being slightly higher due to the amount of metal used in the settings. You can also have a diamond promise ring designed and made to your specifications; however this option tends to be more expensive.
A diamond promise ring is an exciting step into the future of an important relationship. By selecting and purchasing just the right representation of the promises contained within your heart, you are beginning an adventure towards enduring friendship, love and commitment.