The smile that cleanses my soul, the eyes that stop time with a single glance, the touch of love from his hands, I’ve been waiting for this day, this special time, all I can do is pray for you to be my Valentine.
Oh yes it’s that time again, the most romantic day of the year dedicated to love. Valentine’s Day is the day we celebrate our feelings of affection, getting struck by Cupid’s arrow and going all doe-eyed and gooey - a day full of love, intimacy and romance.
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner there is not better day of the year than the day of love to give your partner a promise ring. All across the States and in other places around the world, candy, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine.
Legend has it that Valentine was a priest who served during third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius 11 decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine realizing the injustice of this defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Claudius found out this secret, Valentine was ordered to death. Valentine was executed on 14th February in the year 270. Fast forward to the 21st century and we are still celebrating Valentine’s Day.
If you’re thinking of making a grand gesture this Valentine’s Day and showing your special someone what they mean to you, what better way to celebrate your relationship and love for him by getting him a Promise ring?
Way before marriage comes commitment, loyalty, passion and friendship and promise rings act as an acknowledgement of it. Promise rings are most commonly given to a romantic partner as a sign of commitment, not quite engagement, but a simple way to show how you feel and to say “I’m here to stay”.
The ring is given to symbolize a promise that one person makes to another. In some cases giving a promise ring is a prelude to an engagement (not so elaborate of course); it’s kind of like a promise to marry - or not, it’s up to the couples themselves.
A promise ring however can mean many things:
· I will be faithful to you
· I will return to you
· I will keep a specific promise to you
· I will keep your secret
· I love you
· I will save my virginity for you
· We are best friends
· I will always be there for you
· You are my one and only Valentine
The keyword here is ‘promise’. Rather than just giving him a gift this Valentine’s Day, you’re adding significance to symbolize your commitment. And what better day to give it to him than on Valentine’s Day, the loveliest day of year.
Promise rings for him come in every style and design imaginable. Some are gold, stainless steel, some come with writing ‘only love you’ or for a more unique style you could choose a black titanium ring with a cubic zirconia. The choice is yours and not only can you suit the ring to him, but also occasion and type of commitment you’re trying to say.
Promise ring etiquette
Valentine’s Day couldn’t be more of a perfect time to give him his ring. A promise ring shouldn’t be expensive or elaborate that it is mistaken for a wedding ring, but with a special significance that adds weight to the promise.
· Consider a ring with custom engraving
· If you’re having trouble deciding, ask your partner and talk about your commitment to each other and maybe you could select rings together
· Give him the ring in a significant location – possibly where you had your first date
· Give him the ring by opening the box and showing it to him
· Most promise rings are worn on the left hand middle finger or right hand ring finger
Valentine’s Day and promise rings go hand in hand. Choosing a ring for him should be fun and the giving of a promise ring a true Valentine’s Day gift. Be romantic, get butterflies in your stomach and get the nerve to tell him you’re hopelessly and desperately in love with him…and you want it to stay that way.
After all St Valentine didn’t get executed just so we could give a card and get on with our day…