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What's the difference between a promise ring & an engagement ring?

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I know that an engagement ring is before getting married, but I wanna know the difference between the rings.

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  1. ♥ Army Wife ♥ on Jan 14, 2011

    A promise ring is more of a committment ( relationship wise ) , its like I care for you but not ready to marry you but I promise to be here for you type of ring.

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  2. Natty on Jan 14, 2011

    pormise rings were invented by guys or maybe girls who weren’t ready to get married. They wedged it in between the two as a sub step between the two.

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  3. jlg_jdf on Jan 14, 2011

    A promise ring basically says you want to be with that person forever and one day want to marry them. It also means that you promise to be faithful to that person… kind of like a symbol of ‘going steady’ but I think it means a bit more.

    An engagment ring obviously means you are going to get married soon: you’re starting the wedding planning, picking a date, etc.

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  4. angeldust_599 on Jan 14, 2011

    promise rings are usually something young teens give to their girl friends as a promise that they will stay together and get married some day and it usually never lasts. an engagement ring is give when the guy is serious about making the commitment to marry and the couple is ready to start planning a wedding. to be honest…I think promise rings are a waste of money.

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  5. mahayana_cho on Jan 14, 2011

    I think the only difference between both is the meaning that goes with it. A promise ring can be given to somebody by anybody and this can happen anytime while an engagement ring is worth something more. In addition to the promise, it has this something I call "commitment factor".

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  6. Chrissy B on Jan 14, 2011

    Promise rings are usually given before a person is able to fully commit and start planning a wedding. Its a sweet gesture but doesn’t carry the commitment that an engagement ring does.

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  7. yyyyyy on Jan 14, 2011

    haha, I just asked this during this summer when I saw a ring on this girl’s finger and asked her if it was an engagement ring because it had a red stone which I thought was unusuasl

    she said No it’s a promise ring.
    HUH?
    Then she explained that a promise ring means that . . . he promised he would ask her! (She has worn it for eight years now but apparently he is still saving up.)

    So I think it is like when a politician is going to announce his candidacy, but all h announces is that he is going to make an announcement.

    So . . . IMHO the difference is that accepting the engagement ring means that she said Yes, whereas the promise ring means that she is expecting to be asked but doesn’t yet know what she will say??
    (Because if she said Yes wouldn’t they be engaged??)

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  8. Heather L on Jan 14, 2011

    A promise ring is something you give when your girl is pressuring you to get engaged, and you don’t want to but want her to shut up about it for a while.

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  9. Lover Girl on Jan 14, 2011

    My Boy Friend Gave me a Promise ring because it was his way of being promised to me and saying that one day he wanted to marry me then like 5 months later we got engaged

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  10. corina cuti on Jan 14, 2011

    an engagement ring means that ur engaged (duh), and a promise ring is usually given by people who feel that they are in love, but to young or not ready to get married.

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  11. notarycat on Jan 14, 2011

    A promise ring is sort of an official ‘off the market’ indicator. It says, "I’m not ready to marry, but I don’t want you dating anyone else." Usually promise rings are used by younger folks to indicate exclusivity to each other. In the Christian world, a promise ring is called a purity ring. It indicates the purity of both people, and that they intend to keep themselves virgin until the wedding night. A very honorable act.

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  12. TheSafetyDude1079 on Jan 14, 2011

    Level of commitment.

    Promise – Easier to break off.
    Engagement – Hard to break off.
    Wedding – Better not break off.

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  13. NikkiCole on Jan 14, 2011

    Basically, an engagement ring is obviously for a marriage proposal. A promise ring is the next step in a relationship before an engagement ring. Its meaning is how it sounds, promise. Youre making a promise that youll be there and love the person etc. It shows how much you care and where you are in the relationship.

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  14. rainbowlicious7 on Jan 14, 2011

    A promise ring is only one ring, and engagement ring is one for each person. A promise ring will have a smaller diamond, and an engagement ring with have a larger stone and no color and the band will be the standard gold or white gold or silver.

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  15. vle045 on Jan 14, 2011

    A promise ring is something kids (teeneagers) give to each other to pretend like they are engaged. It really has no other meaning.

    Some people will say that it is a promise to become engaged, but that is the silliest thing I’ve ever heard. You are either engaged or you are not.

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  16. Mr. G on Jan 14, 2011

    A couple thousand dollars!!!

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  17. Jennifer B on Jan 14, 2011

    A promise ring is a ring that you get when you choose to remain a virgin until you get married. A promise to God basically. At least this is what I’ve been told.

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  18. las vegas on Jan 14, 2011

    A promise ring is that your going to stay true to that person!

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  19. its about time on Jan 14, 2011

    Usually people give promise rings if they are too young to get married or if they want to promise to get married but aren’t ready to settle down yet.

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  20. ocobride on Jan 14, 2011

    a promise ring is usually more similar to a wedding band – just a metal band (perhaps with some stones set into the band) but an engagement ring usually has atleast one stone set above the band (sometimes people propose with a past present future 3 stone ring).

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  21. librarian on Jan 14, 2011

    I was given a promise ring by my boyfriend b/c I was still in HS and he was going on to college. It was his way of saying he wanted to marry me, but realized we were too young to make that kind of committment. Two years later I got the real thing!
    My promise ring had 2 heart-shaped stones – his and my birthstones.

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  22. Renee on Jan 14, 2011

    A promise ring is for Pre-engagement: If you’re sure she’s the right one for you, but not quite ready for engagement, the pre-engagement ring expresses commitment to the relationship and a promise for the future together, or in the absence of marriage or pre-engagement, promise rings can be exchanged as a mutual commitment of unity and monogamy.

    When Giving A Promise Ring the most important rule in giving a promise ring is to be up-front about the terms of the promise, especially if the ring contains a diamond. There is nothing more heartbreaking than a person reading something into a gift of a ring that is more than intended! A simple note accompanying the ring, to be read prior to opening the gift, can clarify your sentiments.
    And I have one and love it and I think it just brings the relationship to a different level, and it was from my boyfriend who is such a romantic guy…..

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  23. bubbles on Jan 14, 2011

    Promise ring is normally a very tiny diamond or different stone ring- in promise of a real engagement ring. Lots of people have them in high school and college.

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  24. Lydia on Jan 14, 2011

    A promise ring is for highschoolers going steady.
    An engagement ring is for adults.

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  25. imagine0218 on Jan 14, 2011

    In my opinion a promise ring is silly. Its more or less saying "I promise to one day ask you to marry me, I just don’t want to get married right now"

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