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A Guide To Promise Rings

Tuesday, July 27th, 2021

Symbols of love and commitment, promise rings can make beautiful proposal pieces or can be given at any time as a token of affection.

We answer some of your most asked promise ring questions and share some of our favourite romantic pieces.

What is a promise ring?

A promise ring – sometimes called a ‘pre-engagement ring’ or ‘proposal ring’ – is a ring given to signify commitment.

If you’re unsure of what engagement ring to chose or know that you and your partner would like to choose a ring together, a token, proposal or promise ring is a symbolic ring that you can pop the question with, so you can pick out the main engagement ring together afterwards.

What is the meaning of a promise ring?

Our promise rings represent a pledge of love, to be worn as a placeholder ring or simply gifted as a delicate memento of your affection.

A promise ring is a great option if you don’t want to propose empty-handed, and it can go on to become a treasured reminder of your engagement.

The history of promise rings

Promise rings date all the way back to the Late Middle Ages, and are some of the most romantic pieces in history. Then called ‘posy’ rings – after the French word poésie, which meant ‘poetry’ or ‘poem’ – they were given as lovers’ gifts and often inscribed with quotes. Popular phrases included “Yours only”, “Joy without end”, “Faithful to one” and “Let liking last.”

The promise ring as a pre-engagement ring is a newer development. Often, a partner would like to choose their own engagement ring or have the experience of choosing one together. The promise ring can act as a placeholder, something to give when you propose as a token of your love and affection.

How to pick a promise ring

There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to picking promise rings, though our most popular promise rings tend to be delicate and dainty, designed to be worn alone or add a subtle sparkle to a ring stack.

Which finger does a promise ring go on?

A promise ring can be worn on any finger you like, though it’s most typically worn on the ring finger. If it is given to mark an engagement, it traditionally would be worn on the left hand.

Once you have picked your engagement ring, you can switch your promise ring to the ring finger of your right hand or add it to a bridal stack alongside your engagement ring and wedding band.

Promise rings for men

We often get asked if men can wear a promise ring, and the answer is of course yes! Pieces like our Driftwood Ring, with its thin, textured band, would make a beautiful proposal ring for him.

Matching promise rings

Many couples want to be able to celebrate their engagement together, with both partners wearing a ring to symbolise their love and commitment.

Our infinity twig rings – Hawthorn Bark Ring and Hawthorn Twig Band – feature an infinity circle with no beginning and no end, the perfect symbol of happiness.

Promise rings for her

Searching for the perfect promise ring? Here are some of our favourites.

Promise Me Diamond Ring

A tiny diamond sparkles in a gold twig band, a promise of things to come.

When designing this piece, Chupi was inspired by the beautiful words of AA Milne, “Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

Perfect for: If you want to propose with the magical sparkle of a diamond, this is the perfect piece. Delicate enough to be incorporated into a ring stack, it also glistens beautifully on your ring finger.

Love Heart Ring

The heart is a powerful symbol of love, and this ring is a beautiful way to give your heart to another.

Cast in solid 14k gold, delicate gold outlines an open heart on your finger in one of our best-selling pieces.

Perfect for: Romantics who love being reminded that all you need is love.

Grey Diamond Hope & Magic Ring

Two tiny grey diamonds sparkle with hope and magic, set in a solid 14k gold band, cast from a tiny twig taken from a beautiful hawthorn tree.

Perfect for: Celebrating the magical adventures you’ve been on as well as the hope for things to come. The sparkling gems will remind you of where you started as well as the journey that is waiting for you.


Edwardian Hawthorn Half Eternity Diamond Ring

Eternity rings have been worn since ancient Egypt, and so are the perfect symbol of eternal love.

An elegant piece, our Edwardian Eternity ring is made from a signature hawthorn twig band paired with sparkling diamonds, an unforgettable combination of beauty and strength.

Perfect for: Lovers of classic, timeless design. This ring will also pair beautifully with a wedding band, as part of a bridal ring stack.

Hawthorn Ring

An infinity circle twig with no beginning and no end, the perfect symbol of happiness.

Our infinity twig ring is cast in solid gold from a beautiful real hawthorn twig found by Chupi in Kildare. They look so delicate but think of the mighty trees that are supported from such little things.

Perfect for: Nature lovers and those looking for a simple, understated and organic piece.

Dreamers of Dreams

Set with a sparkling classic diamond and flanked by two classic diamonds, each stone represents the words ‘dreamers of dreams’, a reminder to keep working towards yours.

Perfect for: Marking all that you have accomplished together, and all your dreams for the future. If your partner loves colour, these beautiful rings are also available featuring a striking ruby, emerald or sapphire.

Planning a proposal? Book a virtual engagement ring appointment or visit our flagship Dublin store. Our dedicated team can help you find the perfect ring.

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