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What is the meaning or significance of a friendship ring, or friendship rings, when shared between a male and female? Is there anything romantic implied?

Asked by Yellowdog (8291points) 1 week ago

In theory, I think not. But isn’t the bond more than friendship?

Can someone pursue a relationship with someone who is wearing another person’s friendship ring?

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kritiper's avatar

Sounds kind of childish. How old are these people??
As I see it, a friend is not someone you do “the bump” with. In this instance, if warranted, communication would be key.
If you don’t know, ask. If it isn’t any of your business, then MYOB.

Yellowdog's avatar

Actually, it was on Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C.

I always thought Gomer and Luanne were hitched. But he and Luanne just have Friendship Rings. In any case, its in poor taste to tell someone to MYOB. I might be considering getting rings for my significant other and myself. Not ready to propose, however.

A GF and I in my mid teens got friendship rings when she moved. In the long run, it didn’t really mean much but helped me feel connected across the miles.

The rings are all price ranges so I doubt its childish or always casual. So, that’s why I asked.

Zaku's avatar

Why would this have a generic answer? It depends on the people and the specific case.

“Can someone pursue a relationship with someone who is wearing another person’s friendship ring?”
– What?

People do not have universal codes about things. Especially not friendship rings. Such meanings are fundamentally arbitrary and individual.

It seems to me that one of the most common causes of relationship upset, is people thinking that what they think is going on in a relationship, is the truth, without asking the other person. And/or, that there is only one set of meanings that apply to all people in the same circumstances.

One person’s Platonic friendship ring is another person’s sure sign of romantic interest. People need to talk each other, listen, and be open to other people having all sorts of different perspectives and meanings, to have much chance of agreeing on what’s going on in a relationship.

LadyMarissa's avatar

Don’t know about now days; but when I was in high school, a friendship ring was a way to get around the parents paranoia about their child being serious way too young!!! It was the step between the guy giving the girl his ring which meant that they were going steady & the guy buying her an engagement ring. It was a way of telling your friends that you are pre-engaged but tell your parents that you’re just serious friends!!! i told my bf at the time that I didn’t “need” a ring to prove our love for each other as action speaks louder than rings. It wasn’t until years later that I realized how easy it was for a man to remove his wedding band & slip it in his pocket when he wanted to be unfaithful.

Admittedly, I don’t know your s/o but I personally would find a friendship ring to be a turn off!!! All it would tell me is that you don’t care for me enough to commit but you want me to commit to you until you can make up your mind. A ring does NOT bring stability!!! I think it makes you look insecure in your relationship & you’re grasping for straws. Maybe for a guy a friendship ring has no romantic connotations; however, for many females, it’s a form of commitment with an engagement ring to follow. At your age, I find it to be an immature gesture. Yes, the jewelry store has them in all price ranges. They would attempt to sell you the Brooklyn Bridge if they thought you’d be willing to buy it!!!

You’ve got a 50/50 chance that she’s going to see it as some form of commitment & she’s going to see it as you taking the relationship to the next level. Since that’s NOT the message you’re wanting to convey, I’d find her a better gift than a friendship ring!!!

elbanditoroso's avatar

Why between male and female only?

Why can’t men give friendship rings to other men? Or women to women?

Yellowdog's avatar

Females often do, as much as male / female.

For me, it was a “I’ll be thinking of you always” thing—wanted it to be more of a romantic commitment but I knew I couldn’t keep her over a long-distance relationship, and that we would eventually go our own separate ways perhaps but would always remember the moment—kind of a bond, But she was definitely my girlfriend at the time,

LadyMarissa's avatar

@elbanditoroso I was only speaking from my own experience. I cannot give the male/male nor female/female experience because I have no experience in either of those.

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