What Does a Promise Ring Mean From a Boyfriend?

A promise ring is a symbol of commitment between two people. It’s a sign that the couple is truly in love and that the relationship is getting serious. Follow along to find out about styles of promise rings, when they are given, and what they mean.

What Is a Promise Ring?

A promise ring is different than a wedding ring or an engagement ring, not only when it comes to meaning but often when it comes to style too. They can come with all different stones, including diamonds and gemstones.

Here are some reasons that men give their partners a ‘promise ring’:

  • They’re in a new relationship and it’s too early to get engaged or married
  • The couple is too young
  • Not financially ready for an engagement/wedding
  • They’re living apart in different countries or cities but still want to declare they commitment for each other
  • A promise ring is used as a place holder before the real ring

Consider This Before Getting One:

  • Ensure that you are serious about your commitment
  • Make it clear that this is a promise ring and not an engagement one
  • Don’t go down on one knee, this might lead her to think you’re about to propose

What Finger Do You Wear a Promise Ring On?

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There’s no hard rule on promise rings, so they can be worn on any hand & any finger. Some people even put their promise rings on necklaces to make them easier to carry around. However, we do advise you to not wear it on the traditional ring finger, as that may lead to some confusion through your friend group and family.

Promise Ring Cost

Now you’re probably wondering how much you should spend on a promise ring. The good news is that promise rings are supposed to be temporary, and therefore they don’t have to be crazy expensive. The amount you spend on the ring will directly correlate to the size of the stone you opt for. A solitaire ring with a 14-carat diamond, for example, will definitely cost more than an emerald of the same weight. The smart thing to do is to go for something that you can actually afford, and save your money for the real ring that you’re probably going to buy not long after.

Promise Ring Styles


A solitaire ring is one of the most popular ring styles for not only engagement rings, but promise rings as well. If you’re going for something classic with a big stone, a solitaire ring is the right choice for you.

Diamond cluster

A diamond cluster on a ring is made of smaller stones and is cheaper than a solitaire ring. If your budget is low and you cannot afford the solitaire ring then the diamond cluster is absolutely a good choice. Not only is it cheaper, but it looks just as good with the right design.


Using a gemstone is another great option that can be more affordable. However, they are easily scratched and damaged, which is not very suitable for everyday use. If you still decide to replace the diamond with a gemstone, you should go for emeralds, sapphires or quartz, which are all beautiful gems with medium-hard toughness.

Trilogy rings

The trilogy rings consist of three stones which are all placed on the band. One of the stones is usually bigger than the other two, which gives it that beautiful pop that every girl loves. Additionally, the three stones signify the past, the present and the future of two people’s relationship, which is quite fitting for a promise ring.


If you’ve just received a promise ring from your boyfriend, you can be sure that he truly cares about you. Regardless of the cost of the ring and the style, it’s the meaning behind it that’s the most important. If you’re someone who’s thinking of buying one for your partner, do it out of love rather than out of a feeling of necessity. Think things through and make sure that you consider everything before getting through with this idea.


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