Originally Posted by Natalie_ca
I've never understood the concept behind "promise rings". To me they are so high school/first crush; something teenagers do for their first crushes.
As a responsible adult involved in an adult romance, if you care about the person enough to want to "promise" to get engaged to them one day, why not just get engaged?
NOTE: The term "you" is not used towards any given person. It's meant in the general sense.
While I see your point, a lot may be cleared up if the rings were called what they traditionally are, a betrothal, which is not an engagement, but typically the promise of one.
They help to remove any misunderstandingss as far as intent goes.
Jeremy has promised an engagement to me, the ring symbolizes that promise.
But there will be no official engagement until he can afford the ring and find the right time to present me with it.
We are both very traditional in that aspect.
But I still have his commiment, and his promise on my finger, making his intentions very clear.
In the general sense, a promise ring can be given for almost any reason:
Friendship, commitment to a cause, etc.