What Finger Does a Promise Ring Go On?

If you aren’t ready to make the grand gesture of an engagement ring, but still want your partner and the world to know that you are fully committed - a promise ring might just be the best way to do that! Our expert jewelers at Rogers & Hollands and Ashcroft & Oak explain the different ways to style a promise ring, what each configuration could mean, and of course, some of our favorite promise ring selections from the collection.

Promise rings can be shared between romantic partners, close friends, or even family to symbolize your commitment to the relationship and each other.

Engagement rings are usually worn on the left-hand ring finger and eventually, a wedding band will be added after the couple is officially married. Promise rings can certainly be worn in this same way to act as a placeholder for a future engagement ring and wedding band. Another popular styling option is to wear your promise ring on your right-hand ring finger, leaving your left hand open for an engagement ring. This placement will help make sure you don’t get any awkward “when’s the wedding” questions from your grandma.

 

promise ring

Another option is to wear your promise ring on a chain around your neck as a pendant. You can match the ring material to the chain with a variety of chain options at Rogers & Hollands and Ashcroft & Oak.

 

Promise rings come in a variety of styles, can have a number of different stones, and some even hold different meanings than the rest - like an Irish Claddagh ring.  If you are given an Irish Claddagh ring as a promise ring, you have quite a few ways to wear it - and they each hold a different meaning:

Diamond claddagh ring

  • To wear a Claddagh ring on the right hand with the crown turned outwards, away from you indicates that the wearer is single.
  • To wear a Claddagh ring on the right hand with the crown turned inward, towards you symbolizes that the wearer is being courted in a relationship.
  • To wear a Claddagh ring on the left hand with the crown turned outwards, away from you indicates a romantic engagement.
  • To wear a Claddagh ring on the left hand with the crown turned inward, towards you indicates marriage.

Claddagh ring

Regardless of how or where you decide to wear your promise ring, the meaning, symbolism, and commitment you are choosing to make by wearing one won’t change. Promise rings are a beautiful way to share your passion and promise with the world.