Pre-engagement and promise rings are becoming quite popular in many circles. From knee sock wearing tweens to Hollywood megastars, both sexes are sporting these trendy little baubles on red carpets and school house hallways across the country. Curious to know why someone would give a pre-engagement ring or why your young daughter may be wearing a promise ring? Let's examine why such tokens are so appealing and what exactly their respective meanings may be representative of.
Pre-engagement rings are growing in popularity these days for perhaps three primary reasons. Firstly, various Hollywood trend setters, such as David Blaine for example, have begun to use the pre-engagement ring as a symbol of love and commitment without having to worry about the making of wedding plans and perhaps to avoid many of the hassles life under the paparazzi microscope can bring. The gifting of a pre-engagement ring does create a buzz, yes, but once said hubbub dies down, often times the couple is forgotten as "old news" and allowed to continue of their path together slightly less swarmed by media photogs. However, some jet-setters have a tendency to go the other way with the pre-engagement ring phenomenon. Many young celebrity couples, knowing that there is no such thing as bad publicity and Tinseltown, have opted to make pre-engagement rings a rather big deal. Press releases, purposeful posing in from of the paparazzi and various other media trick have been employed by several young couples in the past all in an effort to create buzz in Hollywood and ensure a Page 6 photo-op! Couple these two trends and a third one emerges; pre-engagment rings are becoming more and more popular with John and Jane Q. Public. As non-celebrities, many people wish to emulate the lives of their favorite Hollywood stars and ride the newest waves, and as such, pre-engagement rings are now more popular with everyday consumers as well.
With regards to promise rings the story is slightly different. Though a pre-engagement ring is certainly representative of a promise, a promise ring usually identifies a marker other than an impending marriage. According to some historians, the concept of the promise ring as a symbol worn to represent secret knowledge is as old as the concept of the crown being indicative of power. The priesthood's of many ancient cultures wore rings inscribed with curses. In the event that the priest or shaman were to ever reveal the secrets they had been taught, the curse was sure to bring calamity in all of its forms! In the modern era, promise rings have a broad range of meanings. Thought they often are reflective of young love, and many promise rings are symbolic of sworn chastity, sobriety or freedom from addiction, monogamy between partners in an unorthodox coupling and religious conviction.
Finally, both pre-engagement and promissory rings have always had a tendency to rather simple in their natures, usually consisting of a small, in-ornate band. When shopping for either type of ring, the current trends, even the Hollywood Elite, are settling for style over substance. Perhaps you may want to follow their lead with regards to planned purchase as well.