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What Are Couple Rings?


What Are Couple Rings?

Couples living in the West have their own romantic ring traditions. There’s a trend in Japan, however, that may be making its way across the ocean. What are couples rings, and how are they changing the jewelry habits of couples all around the world?

Japanese couple rings provide young, burgeoning couples with an individualized and elegant reminder of their partner on a daily basis. They don’t carry the same significance as engagement rings, but they do represent a promise made between the two applicable partners.

That makes them the same as Western promise rings, though, right? Not quite. Couple rings have several similarities to the West’s promise rings, but the meaning isn’t the same. Let’s dive into the semantics of a couple rings.

What Are Couple Rings?

Western couples typically utilize three types of rings over the course of their relationship: a promise ring, an engagement ring, and wedding rings. Promise rings are frequently exchanged between younger couples and represent a mutual interest in eventual marriage. Engagement rings solidify that promise, and wedding rings represent the commitment the two parties make to one another.

Couple rings supplement promise rings in Japan, and they do not bear the same kind of future significance. They can be worn by friends or by partners and represent an attachment of some sort, be that romantic or otherwise. Most often, though, you’ll see a younger couple exchange couple rings on significant dates to represent their commitment to one another. There’s no promise of marriage, of course, but rather an acknowledgment of the mutual attraction and love the two feel for one another.

The History of Couple Rings

The couple's rings and promise rings both have a well-established history. While many might attribute the “commitment” trend to the “slow-to-marry millennial myth”, rings with meanings similar to the couple or promise rings appeared as early as 1576. The posy ring arose in Europe in the 16th century and was used to express affection between two parties. These rings were not substituted for wedding rings, but they were frequently engraved with lines from romantic poems or short messages from one party to another.

Posy rings were eventually supplemented by the Victorian acrostic rings, which reflect our modern wedding rings – with a twist. The gem attached to these rings – primarily opals, lapis, or emeralds, would spell out a secret message when refracting light.

These rings – and the rings that came after them – serve two purposes. As mentioned, they represent a connection between the two wearers, be that connection romantic or otherwise. They are also notably less expensive than a proper engagement ring. Today, it’s much easier for someone to buy their partner a couple ring than it is to buy an engagement ring, making the trend all the more appealing to a younger audience.

When to Buy Couple Rings

That said, you don’t want to start out a relationship by presenting your potential partner with a couple ring. Instead, there are a few key moments in a burgeoning relationship when presenting a couple ring that may be considered appropriate. These moments include:

  • Anniversaries (Japanese couples like to exchange these rings on 100 days anniversaries)

  • Romantic holidays

  • Birthdays

  • Upon discussion and agreement for a later engagement

The last thing you want to do, however, is spring a couple rings on your partner without prior conversation. Make sure you’ve spoken with your partner beforehand. They’ll need to be open to wearing a visible symbol of your relationship and certain that the ring isn’t an engagement or promise ring.

Note, too, that you don’t have to plan an elaborate ring gifting ceremony to present your partner with a couple ring. If you want to – and if your partner likes elaborate presentations – you can. However, presenting your partner with a couple ring can be as simple as wrapping their present and giving it to them when the time is right.