A pre-engagement ring is a ring given to a romantic partner to signify a commitment to a monogamous relationship, often as a precursor to an engagement ring. They can be worn on any finger, but those symbolizing pre-engagement are generally worn on the left ring finger; sometimes, the left middle finger or right ring finger is used instead to prevent confusion with an actual engagement ring.
Promise rings are usually simple, subtle and elegant. For women, most promise rings have a Round Brilliant Cut between 1 and 2 carat as a center stone, and micropavé diamonds along a white gold ring band. The second most popular design for promise rings has multiple small diamonds with an invisible setting as the focal point, and a heart shaped ring band, emphasizing the romantic symbolism. Promise rings for men are usually plain rings made of the same precious metal, creating a matching pair of rings.
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