History of the Promise Ring
While the concept of promise rings may seem like something new and original, mythology and sacred writings tell us otherwise. In fact, rings have been used to seal promises since the beginning of time. In ancient days, Bishops wore rings as a pledge of their spiritual union with the church. And dignitaries in Venice, Italy, once the maritime power of the world, renewed this city's "marriage promise" with the Adriatic Sea by tossing a ring into the turquoise waters on Ascension morning each year.
Although they may not have been called promise rings, it became popular during the 16th and 17th centuries in Europe to exchange rings as a token of love or friendship. One such ring was the "scribbling ring," which was set with uncut diamond crystals. Lovers used the exposed points of the diamond to etch romantic vows into windowpanes.
Another common type of ring was called a "poesy ring." These rings were engraved bands with various promises or sentiments and given
to a lover or dear friend.
A typical pledge of love and fidelity might read, "Vous et nul autre" -- old French which translates to "You and no other."
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Promise Ring Meaning.
Promise Ring Etiquette
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.