It feels as though it’s been many moons since purity rings permeated the pop cultural consciousness. Our teen heroes lived and breathed abstinence, firmly marking their commitment to no one in particular with a 20-something carat band on their wedding finger.
While none of us can really speak for Kevin Jonas, one of the lesser celebritized members of the Jonas Brothers (of Camp Rock and “Burnin’ Up” fame), due to his marriage to former hairdresser Danielle Deleasa in 2009, brothers Nick and Joe proudly displayed their pledge to no sex before marriage. And they weren’t alone. Fellow Disney darlings Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, and Selena Gomez also experimented with rings. As did Jessica Simpson, Jordin Sparks (who infamously revealed hers while denouncing sluts on the VMAs stage in 2008), and Teyana Taylor. I’d go so far as to say the purity ring was the only accessory worth having at the dawn of the 2010s—all in the name of religious devotion.
Now, as we prepare to put a new decade to rest in mere months, we are confronted once again by the Jonas Brothers—rebranded to JONAS, this time with Nick at the center, and slightly closer to the camera)—their budding musical careers, and their romances; two out of the three are now married, one is engaged. The purity rings, however, were famously pulled off a long time ago.
“I got it when I was 13 and I respect so much what it represented, but it isn’t for everyone,” said Selena Gomez in 2015 in addressing her ring removal (which happily coincided with her relationship with Justin Bieber).
“It was such a strange thing to a lot of people to wear these purity rings, especially as young men in a pop boy band,” Nick Jonas explained just one year later. “But I think when I’m looking back on it, although it was challenging to live with that, to be seen and have that attached to our name was very tough.”
The very public discarding of PRs doesn’t change the fact that, in essence, they’re a wedding band without the marriage—and, evidently can be moved to another finger at any time if one’s values suddenly shift. This presents a host of opportunities and can justify an exorbitant cost, if need be.
Thus, in celebration of the Jonas’ Brothers impending return and the many, many others who gave up on their commitment to virginity, we’ve researched and compiled some of the best rings on the market for your shopping pleasure. Remember, purity can come in many different forms.