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What is a Commitment Ring?

4 min read

What is a Commitment Ring?

Maybe the symbolism of the traditional solitaire engagement ring doesn’t feel true to your skin. Maybe it's too soon for wedding bands. Maybe marriage just isn’t your bag at all!

For thousands of years jewellery has been offered as a symbol of dedication. Commitment rings don't represent engagement or marriage, but they are just as valid a display of loyalty.


WHAT IS A COMMITMENT RING?

A pair of hands interlocking pinkie fingers, wearing matching his and hers handcrafted filigree ethical gold wedding bandsBespoke commitment rings, inspired by our iconic Filigree Links rings, now part of our Design Archives

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 with a wedding band or simply in place of a marriage altogether, it doesn't matter; the love story is yours, and so too should be the timing of the commitment ring. Your commitment ring may be steeped in symbols and fables unique to you and your partner, and thus there are no aesthetic rules. Its simple function is to promise 'forever'.


WHAT RING SIGNIFIES COMMITMENT?

The Freedom Collection of gender-neutral stackable commitment rings

The beauty of a commitment ring? It can look however you'd like it to look!

You may wish to opt for a clear visual signal of togetherness like the traditional solitaire engagement ring with a claw setting and proud central diamond; the epitome of timeless romance.

On the other hand, you might see your commitment ring as an opportunity to think outside of the prototypical 'bridal jewellery' box and experiment with colours, shapes and motifs. Why not?

The most important factors to bear in mind when choosing a commitment ring are wearability, comfort and quality. This is a 'forever' jewel, so it must be designed to age gracefully on your finger and withstand daily wear and tear.

If both you and your partner 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 visual symbols of it. 

Here to inspire you are our most popular commitment ring styles...

 

Thin bands
Our Vintage Milgrain wedding band 

If you do plan to marry in the future, you may wish to choose a low-key commitment ring that won’t compete with other rings, but complement them. If an engagement ring and/or wedding bands are on the cards, a simple design in the first instance offers an accommodating foundation from which to work.

However, this doesn’t mean you can’t incorporate a gemstone or two. There's always room for sparkle!

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, you might be interested in our shaped bands, designed with neighbouring solitaire engagement rings in mind.

 

Wide bands
His and hers matching wedding bands; wide flat profile bands in yellow Fairtrade Gold, finished with a matte texture and hand engraved with private messagesA matching pair of wide, flat-profile bands with hand-engraved love notes inside

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 to start by checking out our 3mm Lilac or Scrolls rings, or any of our plain bands.

 

Gemstone rings
A stack of our Altair wedding bands microset with champagne diamonds, colourless diamonds and pink sapphires respectively

The classic eternity ring style consists of a slim band encrusted with small diamonds, often microset. Traditionally, the diamonds or gemstones encircle the entire band, the endless nature of their sparkle symbolic of eternal love. However, if your budget doesn't quite stretch to a full band of stones, setting just the visible top-half of the ring is an option. 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 colourful and fun.

 

HOW DO YOU WEAR A COMMITMENT RING?

Our Artisan Filigree Wishbone Jacket Ring

Again, the choice is yours. Most people do choose to wear their commitment ring on the third finger of the left hand (i.e. the traditional '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 question is eventually popped. 

If that symbolic third finger feels too obvious, there are eight other digits to choose from. Communicate your commitment however you feel most comfortable.


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Love, Arabel & Team

 

Ruby McGonigle
Ruby McGonigle

Ruby McGonigle is a copywriter and digital marketing professional with over five years of jewellery industry experience. After graduating with a BA in Linguistics, she combined her passions for written word and all things sparkly by joining the Lebrusan Studio team as in-house wordsmith and content creator. Among bi-monthly blog posts, notable examples of Ruby's work include a think-piece on the ‘natural diamonds vs. lab-grown diamonds’ debate, a probe into why traceable and third party certified ASM gold is so important, and an investigation of why platinum is no longer more expensive than gold.