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Proposal Rings vs Promise & Engagement Rings: The Difference

12th November 2020

by Kundan Challa

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If you are looking for a way to represent love and commitment to your significant other, there are a few ways you can do this. More often than not, particularly in the UK, a gesture of a proposal along with an engagement ring is the most popular choice. However, did you know that there are other ways to represent your connection? In this article, we discuss the difference between proposal rings, promise rings and engagement rings.

What is a promise?

A promise is an agreement or pledge between two people. Of course, a promise can be made under most circumstances, but when it comes to a romantic relationship, the promise tends to be to stay faithful and committed. Promise rings are given and worn by both people to symbolise the love and connection between them. 

What is a proposal?


A proposal is when one or both people in a relationship decide they would like to spend the rest of their lives together. It is a romantic gesture to show the intention to get married. Proposals are marked with a gift such as a ring, otherwise known as a proposal ring or engagement ring.

What is an engagement?

An engagement is where a couple decides to get married and this is marked with an engagement ring. Usually, only one person in the relationship wears the engagement ring, but this depends on the couple, and it is worn both before and after marriage.

Are proposal rings the same as engagement rings?

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Surprisingly engagement rings and proposal rings aren’t quite the same, although they do serve the same purpose - the intent to get married and declare love for each other.

Proposal and engagement used to be spaced over a certain period, and there would be strict rules as to when each moment would happen. These days, the rules aren’t as rigid, and both the proposal and engagement can coincide. If you are looking to follow this tradition, first give the proposal ring followed by an engagement ring.

Are promise rings the same as proposal rings?

No, unlike proposal rings and engagement rings, a promise ring does not necessarily symbolise an intent to get married. Promise rings symbolise a promise between two people usually of love and commitment or to show their deep connection with each other.

The best proposal rings

The best proposal ring is one that suits your partners' taste. It may be similar to an engagement ring and feature diamonds or a little more delicate like a promise ring. As a proposal ring is typically bought as a placeholder, to replace it with an engagement ring, it may not be as extravagant or as expensive.

The best promise rings

Promise rings are usually a lot more delicate and vary in style. Typically they feature a single or multiple intricate diamonds for subtle sparkle and can be bought in several precious metals depending on your partners' taste.

The best engagement rings

Engagement rings are adorned with a single diamond or gemstone. There are plenty of great styles to choose from, but the most popular is a solitaire engagement ring. This style features a single diamond on a metal band. When buying an engagement ring, you will want it to last a lifetime, therefore choose a style and metal that is more durable.

Shop our range of promise rings and engagement rings or head to our other article to learn about the history of diamond engagement rings.

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