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Promise Rings vs. Engagement Rings: What’s the Difference?

Some women just love jewelry. Some women love rings. And some women really love their favorite man. If you are one of these women, then a promise ring may be just the gift to move to that next level in your relationship.

An engagement ring is an expensive rock that a man purchases for the women he loves, and it symbolizes the next step in their journey: marriage. Although it does not need to be expensive (but for some men, anything more than twenty dollars is expensive for jewelry), an engagement ring still symbolizes the walking in between, in between dating and marriage.

So then what is the difference between a promise ring and an engagement ring? And should all women have one or the other? Both? Read on to get the answers to your questions!

The Difference Between a Promise Ring and an Engagement Ring

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There is definitely a difference between an engagement ring and a promise ring. A promise ring should be given before the engagement ring. A promise ring symbolizes that you want to be with your other half forever, but are not ready to have the engaged title yet. It basically says “Hands off. We are not engaged, but she still belongs to me.”

And obviously, an engagement ring is for those who are ready to commit, plan, and move on with their life together into marriage. While some may say that if you are not ready to get engaged, then you are not ready to have a promise ring, a promise ring is still a milestone for younger couples who are serious, but do not want a two year long engagement.

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Should I Get One?

In all honesty, it depends on you and where you are at with your loved one. Is it recommended to get a promise ring after three weeks of dating? Heck no. In fact, I advise you to wait at least a year. This shows all that you have been through, and that you are still willing, as a couple, to stay together.

If you are someone who does not want to show off that you are just dating, and that you are not engaged officially, then you probably do not want a promise ring. A promise ring does flaunt that you belong to someone else, and it is a serious thing! But if you feel like you are ready to be claimed and are ready to continue working together in life, forever, then a promise ring is a great ring to promise your commitment before the engagement ring or the wedding band.

Is It Just For Women?

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No, there are definitely promise rings for men! While it is not as common to have men wear promise rings, if they want to show off their commitment just as much as you, then this may be a good option for them as well!


A promise ring is just that. A promise! Do not go and buy a promise ring on the second date. Wait until you feel like it is the right time to bring it up. Wait until you are madly in love someone. And wait until you are ready to be claimed by someone you are serious about spending the rest of you life with.

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