Choosing to proclaim the commitment between you and your lovey-dovey is an exciting pre-engagement step. So why settle for a boring band or lifeless solitary gem? These promise rings are unique, interesting and eye-catching jewelry that will never let your promise to one another fade into the background.
Love notes are common enough tokens, but secrets imprinted on the skin? Unique! Give your sweetie the promise ring that creates a temporary tattoo of either “Marry me” or “always” on their favorite finger. (from $120, Yoon Jung Yun)
Made with boiling red taxidermy eyes, this unique ring promises commitment — and lots of commentary. Red not your color? Check out the one with green reptile eyes. Better yet, learn how to make your own steampunk watch ring via Easy Crafts Wiki. ($90, Catherinette Rings)
Imagine this ring on little honey’s hand: outside, a woven, textured pattern and, hidden from the world, an inside of sultry, shimmering Nightfall Blue — isn’t that a great name for a color? I’m sure that’ll be the name of a celebrity’s kid soon enough. ($70, Romas Banaitas)
I love a good pun, and nothing gets better than a pinky promise promise ring. All right, so maybe it’s not so much punny as just really sweet. Customers can choose from silver or gold for this made-to-order forget-me-knot ring. ($65, White Fly)
Perhaps ocean trash isn’t the most amorous focus for a ring that pledges constant devotion, but the unique designs of this brass filigree ring make us forget the stone’s humble origins. Like the look? Make your own sea glass via The Beadin Path. ($205, Santa Cruz Sea Glass)
Even more challenging than hunting for a gender-neutral promise ring? Finding commitment jewelry that also demonstrates your commitment to the planet. This handmade cardiogram uses recycled silver and subs harsh chemicals for lemon juice and boiled eggs (both organic, I’m sure). ($100, NO Jewelry)
Bold as brass, this unique promise ring captures the old-soul vibe of vintage jewelry but offers an stylish alternative to the ornate designs of the past. And, at just $12, you’ll still have the moola left to save for the real thing, although it’s probably best to avoid telling sweetums just how little you spent. ($12, Distorted Earth)
For the "salt of the earth" types, a wooden promise ring will stand out against a sea of metal circles. Or customize your own wooden promise ring via Instructables. ($40, BCR Designs)
Outside of Brett Michaels, sweet does not often describe metal. But with an assist from a subtle love knot, this unique promise ring offers a soft touch on the primitive material. ($70, Beyond the Rockz)
In this economy, 25 cents doesn’t seem to go far. But with some old-fashioned know-how, a quarter is all you need to make your very own promise ring. Any large coin will work, and if you grab one from before 1964 you’ll have a genuine silver ring. Love on the cheap! Learn how to make your own quarter ring via YouTube, or get a free tutorial from Instructables.
Like some mystical prop from a lavish fairy tale, this promise ring made of ever-changing labradorite oscillates from blues to greens, depending on how the light hits it. Now all you need are some wispy skirts and a frazzled hairdo, and you’ll be ready for the Ren Fair in no time! ($25, Inmost Light)
This barely-there cabochon promise ring, featuring a delicately blushing rose quartz in a bezel setting, returns a lady-like elegance to a sometimes overdone and cheesy gender-specific color. ($25, Lutrell Studio)
DIY disease got you down — lots of gumption matched with little skill? Consider making your promise ring via a beading kit. You come up with scissors, a ruler and a toothpick, and they give you the pattern and supplies. Don’t want to be boxed in by a kit? Get free instructions for a wire cluster ring from WikiHow or a free video from Jewelry DIY. ($13, Beadaholique)
Even if you DIY a promise ring from electrical wire (the tutorial really exists!), you may sneak by on creativity points if its settled in a unique ring box. Consider this hollowed book from Once Wed as the bed for your ring to rest upon. Or you can just use pudding or some other squishy desserts.
Still panting after that upcycled electrical wire ring? Get the free tutorial from ecouterre!
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