Aside from one sounding more romantic than the other, we're revealing the difference between promise rings and placeholder rings in our latest blog...
What is a placeholder ring?
Some of you may have heard of the growing trend for partners to buy their significant other a placeholder ring, also know as a dummy ring. But what is a placeholder ring? Although the name may not sound particularly romantic, the thought behind it certainly is. A placeholder ring allows you to propose with a temporary ring, without spending a lot of money on one that your partner may not like. If she says yes, she can then choose a ring she loves while still having a ring to reveal the good news to her friends and family. It's a no fuss, no drama solution to one of the biggest qualms of men wanting to propose - the fear of choosing the wrong ring!
While this approach may not be for the traditionalists, it's certainly a new engagement ring trend that's caught the attention of millenials.
So, what's the difference between a placeholder ring and a promise ring?
While a promise ring can be purchased as a placeholder ring and visa versa, the meaning behind the promise ring is very different.
The promise ring tends to be for younger couples who are not ready to tie the knot but want to show they are devoted to one another. However, it is also the perfect ring for couples that plan on spending the rest of their lives together but don't wish to marry. Promise rings make for thoughtful romantic gifts on special occasions, such as Valentines or an anniversary. Just like an engagement ring, you can wear your promise ring everyday, whereas the placeholder ring acts as a temporary placement until the real engagement ring is purchased.
What does a promise ring look like?
While a placeholder ring tends to mimic the traditional design of an engagement ring with a centre stone, a promise ring can be a little more versatile. For instance, a promise ring can be a simple silver band or fashion ring.
We recommend that you purchase a promise or placeholder ring crafted with radiant sterling silver and adorned with sparkling cubic zirconia or crystal stones - this offers a much cheaper alternative to diamonds and gold but still looks beautiful and of a high quality. Promise rings crafted by Pandora and Swarovski also make great fashion rings to complement your style.
Browse our beautiful selection of promise rings today. And don't forget, most of these rings also double up as great placeholder rings!
Our Favourite Promise Rings For Her
Pandora You and Me Ring
Swarovski Attract Cubic Zirconia Ring
Thomas Sabo Silver "Together Forever" Band Ring
Starbright Rose Pear Cut Cubic Zirconia Halo Shouldered Ring
Pandora Fairytale Sparkle Ring
Pandora Rose Twist of Fate Cubic Zirconia Ring