A promise ring symbolizes a promise made between two people. The most popular reasons for the giving of a promise ring include monogamy, pre-engagement, chastity and friendship.
Promise rings are typically exchanged between teenagers who make promises to one another, but the relationship does not always have to be one of romance.
A promise ring that comes with the promise of monogamy means that a couple is not quite ready for engagement or even pre-engagement but wants to make a physical showing of their mutual commitment to one another.
A pre-engagement promise ring may be given to express a commitment to a future together. While a couple may be too young for engagement or a young man may not be able to afford an engagement ring, a promise ring can symbolize the commitment to become engaged in the future.
A chastity promise ring is sometimes called a purity ring. It symbolizes a young person's promise to remain sexually pure until marriage. This type of promise ring is typically given to a child by one or both of her parents.
A friendship promise ring is typical in platonic relationships in which friends want to exchange a token that symbolizes everlasting friendship and support.
The most important step in giving a promise ring is to make the intentions known and the promise clear.