If you are a Christian and proud of your religious beliefs, a subtle way of expressing your beliefs is the use of a Christian ring. Regardless of age, gender and the branch of Christianity with which you participate, jewelry has long been acknowledged as an acceptable way of professing religious convictions in a non-offensive manner.
What Does The Ring Represent?
It is first necessary to remember that the meaning of any ring is typically represented in its basic construction. As a circle with no end, it is generally accepted that a ring is the physical represents the unending, perfect and constant love that God has for his children. Therefore, many religions recommend that any decorations that are placed upon the ring need to be dignified and not flashy, in order to not detract attention away from the underlying purpose of the jewelry.
The Purity Ring
One of the newer examples of Christian rings is the purity ring. This ring can be worn by unmarried teenagers and adults of either gender as a clear expression of their decision to wait for physical intimacy until they are married. Although it has often been given from one or both parents to their child, it can also be purchased and worn exclusively by the wearer.
The purity ring will often present with the cross symbol, biblical verses or references to Jesus. It is interesting to note that one recent trend involves younger individuals wearing a larger ring around their neck on a chain, which can then be viewed as an indicator of a long-term plan to remain abstinent until marriage.
The Promise Ring
The Promise ring is often an early indicator of a couple's intent to marry and one description for it may be that it is a pre-engagement or courtship ring. As such, it is more common among young adults and the stones are usually less ornate than they would eventually be for an engagement ring. However, a new addition to the Promise Ring is that it has become more common to serve the dual purpose of both the Promise and Purity rings.
Specifically, by wearing the ring on the fourth finger of the left hand as an indicator of an eventual intent to marry, a discreet Purity ring is still able to express the standard beliefs associated with it. In this aspect, men and women of any ages can announce publicly and proudly their religious convictions and that they are involved in a committed relationship with an eventual intent to marry, even if they are not yet of an age to be officially engaged and planning a wedding.
In conclusion, in today's world it is often challenging for young people to share their religious beliefs and feel proud of their responsible decisions regarding physical intimacy and marriage. Sometimes, simply having a physical example of those choices to present to the world can be make it easier to remember why they, and their families, should be proud of their choices.