In Brazil there are some social norms when it comes to engagement and wedding rings.
Some couples start wearing rings in the first month of dating, others in the sixth, and others still after two years.
At the same time, couples that have been dating for four years may not wear a ring at all. There are also no fixed rules when it comes to engraving the names on the ring.
There are many possibilities: engraving the name of the couple, only the name of the boyfriend or girlfriend, or even their nicknames.
These kind of rings are usually equal for both and it is important in these cases that the couple's rings are the same style.
To give a promise ring doesn't necessarily mean that you are going to marry the person, but it can often seen as a pre-engagement ring.
Since it is a quite new and very well accepted habit between Brazilians, it has been trivialized, specially young Brazilian couples.
For being such a new habit among couples, there are no “rules” about when this type of ring should be given.
The first bride to wear an engagement ring as a sign of love and lasting union was Mary of Burgundy, who was gifted a diamond ring by her husband, the Archduke Maximilian of Austria, in 1477. From couples dating to weddings, there is a complex – and sometimes confusing – etiquette when it comes to what kind of ring to wear, what it will be made of and in what finger you should wear it on.
Remember that these are only what is most commonly done, and not necessarily a rule.
There are boyfriends and girlfriends who don't wear rings, as well as married couples who also don't bother to wear it. There are some couples that like to wear rings when they are dating.
In these cases, the ring is called promise ring – in Brazil, anel de compromisso or commitment ring – and is usually made of silver or steel.