If you aren’t ready to get engaged yet, but still want to show your partner that you are fully committed to them, a promise ring is the perfect solution for you. These rings are certainly not as popular as traditional engagement rings, so you shouldn’t feel silly for having a few questions about the enigmatic promise ring.

In this article, we’re going to take a look at not only which finger the promise ring goes on, but also what a promise ring means and how it’s worn. Read on for more information.

The Promise Ring and its Finger

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In terms of styling, promise rings are about as versatile as it gets, and you can really wear them on any finger you want. With that being said, there are a few placements that are more popular than others.

You’ll find that the ring finger on the left hand is the most popular placement. Then, after a proposal is made and the engagement ring is given, the promise ring is swapped over to another finger.

Another popular choice is to wear the promise ring on the right hand, leaving your ring finger open for the inevitable engagement ring. This is a particularly convenient finger placement, because it deters any awkward questions about when you’re getting married. Some people also choose to wear their promise ring around their neck, using it as a pendant on a chain.

Popular Promise Ring Styles 

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From intimate details to simple bands, promise rings are available in a plethora of styles and shapes, like we mentioned earlier. Simplicity is generally better when it comes to these rings since it is very easy to mistake a promise ring for an engagement ring or wedding band if they are too flashy or detailed.

The History of the Promise Ring 

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Modern promise rings are estimated to date back centuries. However, there is some evidence that suggests that brides in Rome donned something similar in the 2nd century BC. From Acrostic rings that spelled out a word or phrase in gemstones to posy rings inscribed with poems, love trinkets have existed for centuries.

In the present day, promise rings have experienced a recent surge in popularity, especially after celebrities like Liam Hemsworth, Miley Cyrus, and the Jonas Brothers were seen flaunting the jewelry.


Promise rings can mean different things for different couples, but at its core, promise rings are physical manifestations of a commitment made between two people, hence the name. Couples choose to wear these rings as a placeholder to represent an inevitable engagement, while others wear them as a simple reminder of love.

How Are Promise Rings Exchanged?

There really is no set rule as to how you are supposed to give a promise ring to your partner. This means that you can add your own personal flair to the occasion since, unlike an engagement, there are no traditional expectations to the giving of a promise ring.

If you are looking for some inspiration, we suggest giving your promise ring during a special event or holiday, like when celebrating a birthday, when you’re on vacation, or on Valentine’s Day or Christmas. If you want something more subtle, try an intimate romantic dinner for two.

The Difference Between Promise Rings and Engagement Rings

While you might give your significant other a promise ring as a token of commitment to a future engagement, promise rings aren’t the same thing as wedding rings or engagement rings. Though some do choose to continue to wear their promise ring as an engagement ring after they have become engaged, they are still two different things.

Promise rings are also not purity rings. Purity rings are usually gifted to children by parents, or to oneself, encouraging abstinence before marriage.

How Much Do Promise Rings Cost?

Promise rings do not have to cost you a fortune; they can be as cheap as $500. As a general rule of thumb, you can expect to pay anywhere between $500 and $2,000 for an average promise ring.

These rings are usually purchased by younger couples that do not necessarily have that much money to spare and the price is set to reflect that. It should not be a monetary commitment to one another, in other words.

Promise rings can be bought at pretty much any jewelry store and online jewelry retailer. They are available at a variety of price points and locations, and the possibilities for your promise ring and that of your significant other are really endless.

Final Thoughts

So as you can see, the finger you choose to wear your promise ring comes down to personal preference. The ring has significance to you and your partner - the finger you choose to wear it on is not as important as what the promise stands for within your relationship.