Since Day Dot, jewellery has been offered, in a multitude of forms, as a symbol of dedication. Commitment rings don't represent betrothal or marriage, but they are just as valid a display of loyalty.
A commitment ring does what it says on the tin. When you present one to the person you love, what you're saying is "I'm devoted to you for life!"
Whether this assurance of loyalty comes years before an engagement ring, years after tying the knot or simply in place of a marriage altogether, it doesn't matter; the love story is yours, and so should be the timing. Your commitment ring may be saturated in symbols and fables unique to you and your partner, but ultimately and primarily, it's a 'forever' pledge.
The beauty of a commitment ring? There are no rules!
You may wish to take the uber-romantic route and choose a commitment ring that pays homage to the traditional solitaire engagement ring, with a claw setting and proud central gemstone. On the flip side of the coin, you might see this ring as an opportunity to think outside the box and experiment with colours, shapes and motifs. Why not?!
The factors most worth bearing in mind when choosing a commitment ring are wearability, comfort and quality. This is a 'forever' jewel, and so it must be designed to withstand daily wear and tear.
If you both wish to wear a commitment ring, matching or otherwise, you might wish to consider bespokedesigns. After all, your love for one another is utterly unique – and so too could be the jewels that celebrate it.
Here to inspire you are our most popular commitment ring styles...
If you do plan to marry in the future, it's not a bad idea to choose a style that won’t compete with other rings, but complement them. If wedding bands are on the cards, we recommend opting for simple commitment bands that will one day feature comfortably alongside other rings in a unique stack on the finger.
However, this doesn’t mean you can’t incorporate a gemstone or two. A diamond is never an issue!
We create plenty of delicate bands ideal for stacking. For something detailed but simple in shape, check out our vintage-inspired milgrain rings. For something a little more contemporary and unusual, peruse our shaped bands, designed with neighbouring solitaire rings in mind.
Who says you need a wedding day to qualify for a nice chunky band? Your commitment ring can look however you'd like it to! If heavier jewellery’s your thing, you might like our 3mm Lilac or Scrolls rings.
The classic eternity ring style consists of a slim band encrusted with small diamonds, often microset. Depending on your budget, these stones could encircle the entire band or just half. Our Altair Full and Half Microset rings sparkle tirelessly and are available in a range of ethical gemstone choices, affording you the freedom to choose between a traditional finish or something slightly more colourful and fun.
We've said it before and we'll say it again: There are no rules! Most people do choose to wear their commitment ring on their wedding ring finger, but that doesn’t mean you have to. If your commitment ring’s likely to precede an engagement and you’re not keen on the idea of stacking your rings, why not simply wear your commitment ring on the ring finger of your right hand? Either that, or you could swap your commitment ring from left to right when the big question eventually comes.
The only factor worth considering is that there’s usually one size difference between your left and right hand. If you’re right-handed, your right hand will probably be the larger of the two – and vice versa. If you plan on swapping your commitment ring over in years to come, you may need to have it resized.