Promise rings and "forever" rings are two types of rings you can give someone you want to marry, or want to spend the rest of your life with, but cannot currently afford a wedding right now. Both of these types of symbolic rings have become very popular with couples who know that they will probably wed, but have other things happening in their lives that they want to need to do right now. If you would like to know how promise and forever rings can step up to diamond engagement rings, here is how.
Forever rings are for couples who have been together at least two years or more. They believe they want to be together forever, thus these rings are a pledge of their love and devotion to each other. Unlike promise rings, which are the next step up, forever rings are more about the emotion and devotion parts of your relationship.
A forever ring can be:
- Basic but ornate (a little scrollwork or engraving for decorative purposes is typical of these rings)
- Very small stones or no precious or semi-precious stones at all (diamond chips or diamond dust is acceptable)
- Gold, silver or platinum bands with nothing else on them (similar to basic wedding bands)
When you go into a jewelry store, if the jeweler does not know what a forever ring is, ask to see some very basic wedding bands, these will work too.
When you and your sweetheart are ready to take the next step up, you can trade in your forever rings for promise rings. Some people keep the forever rings and just buy promise rings, while others literally trade in the forever rings to get a discount on the promise rings. The promise rings symbolically promise your loved one that you will wait with enthusiasm for the day when your promise rings become your engagement rings, and that you promise to be faithful to each other and patient in love until your engagement day arrives.
Promise rings are a little fancier than forever rings and often contain:
- Pure gold or platinum bands
- Fancy gold work or intricate designs
- Larger semi-precious stones or very small diamonds
When you two are finally ready for the full commitment level of marital engagement, you can trade in your promise rings for an engagement ring, at a location like Rinehart Brothers Jewelers. Again, some people just keep the rings they have and buy another ring with which to propose, but that is entirely up to you and your future fiance.