The excitement of romance is such a joy to behold. When two people find each other and there is a spark and a connection, you can practically feel the love in the air. You can see it in the couple’s eyes. You can hear it in the way they talk to each other with such enthusiasm. And sometimes you can even spot a sparkling symbol of their new-found relationship on her hand. We’re talking, of course, about a couple rings.
What Is a Couple Ring?
In recent years, more and more couples have begun to share their loving commitments to each other with the world. In order to proudly express to everyone that they are in an official and committed relationship, a symbol of their love is worn in the form of a ring. This is called a couple ring.
Couple Ring vs. Promise Ring vs. Engagement Ring
When people use the word “couple ring,” they often use it synonymously with “promise ring,” which is a term that has been around a lot longer in the history of ring wearing. However, they are not necessarily the same thing. With promise rings, the relationship being expressed could sometimes be a strong friendship between two individuals rather than a romantic one. Couple rings, on the other hand, always reflect romance.
Both couple rings and promise rings could both be considered pre-engagement rings. However, true engagement rings are strictly a banded symbol that a couple has made the decision to the wedding and are expecting to tie the knot sometime soon. So, it’s always a good practice to discuss the particular meaning of your ring(s) with your partner when choosing one. Especially since a couple ring, promise ring, and engagement ring can all look relatively the same.
When Is the Right Time to Give Someone a Couple Ring?
Once a person falls in love, they sort of naturally figure out when things should be made “official”. When you should move from being two singles to one couple. Timing becomes an organic process that ebbs and flows with the feelings of the heart. For this reason, anytime could be the right time to give someone a couple ring. It could be a complete surprise, or it could be something discussed by the couple and decided together.
Some of the more popular occasions people chose to give couple rings are on anniversaries that are relevant to your being together, holidays (particularly romantic ones like Valentine’s Day), and on birthdays.
On Which Hand Should You Wear a Couple Ring?
Because wedding and engagement rings are traditionally worn on the left hand, couple rings are usually relegated to the right hand. And usually on the ring finger. Of course, it is always within your rights as a couple to wear your ring on either hand or any finger. This is your personal statement, after all.
Things to Consider When Shopping for a Couple Ring
When choosing a couple ring, it’s important to consider personal taste, both individually, and as a couple. This will help a great deal when shopping for your ring, or rings. In most cases, only one person will choose to wear a couple ring, but sometimes two bands are purchased – one for each partner. So, you can express your loving union together.
Here are a few quick things to think about when you start your shopping:
Metals – the most popular base metals used in couple rings are solid sterling silver, yellow gold, rose gold, platinum and titanium.
Style – let your unique fashion sense guide your selection, understanding that there is a vast amount of style options available, from simple to ornate, from antique to modern, and many iterations in between.
Cut, Clarity and Carat Size – many chose to add gems or crystals to their ring. If this is your choice as well, first try to decide on the stone(s) that best symbolize your relationship. You will need to also consider the carat size, cut, and clarity of the stone(s).
Price – it’s a good idea to have a look at your budget before you begin shopping. That way you know what you’re comfortable spending. Having your price range identified ahead of time will also help avoid disappointment later. It will also help zero in on your options.
Personalization – adding a custom touch to your ring, like an engraving of your names together or a special message or a significant date, to ensure it will be even more meaningful to your relationship.
Guide to Choosing Couple Rings by The Bradford Exchange
Whether you are one part of a loving couple ready to share your joy with the world or just curious about the origination of couple rings, we appreciate your interest. Thanks so much for reading. And if you happen to be in the market for a couple rings, we have a wide selection of romantic bands you just might enjoy shopping. Don’t forget to take a look today!