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GS67 11th October 2014 14:41

Promise rings - are they part of Ukrainian dating customs? (Urgent).
Hello, I urgently seek to know if Ukrainian dating culture includes the custom of
giving Promise rings? (a ring given by a gentleman to his lady as a symbol
of commitment leading to future engagement & eventual marriage, in other
words, a pre-engagement ring (as described at

Any help with this would be much appreciated.

Pontius 11th October 2014 21:51

Yes, engagement rings are common, as far as I know.

GS67 12th October 2014 02:23


Originally Posted by Pontius (Post 125371)
Yes, engagement rings are common, as far as I know.

Thanks for answering.

Yes, engagement rings are common in many cultures. I was talking about pre-engagement or 'promise' rings as known in Western countries, and if they are part of Ukrainian dating customs?

Pontius 12th October 2014 11:56

Ah, so I doubt it. I was never in Ukraine, but I have never seen it in Poland. Of course it is normal to buy a ring or other jewelry for a girl/woman but this has no "official" meaning. I think this is not common in Ukraine neither.

Hannia 13th October 2014 18:52

Promise rings date back to 16th century. They were also known as chastity rings or abstinence rings.
These rings originated in the United States in the 1990s when a huge movement of abstinence of sex until marriage mostly by Christian groups.

These rings are bought, sold to, given to adolescents or to parents (to give to their children) to represent a 'promise to oneself' of the above desire.

In some churches, purity-promise rings are accompanied with a religious vow with implication that the wearer will remain abstinent until replaced with a wedding ring.

Promise Ring Etiquette
Promise Ring Etiquette

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