Since the Jonas Brothers started showing off their purity rings it's started a craze. But what do the rings really mean? Too often we wear things simply because they are pretty, forgetting what they actually stand for. We focus on the outward appearance rather than the underlying message.
How many people wear beautiful crucifix necklaces but do not practice the Catholic faith? How many people wear pretty purity rings but don't practice chaste lives?
If purity rings look pretty that's a nice bonus but that shouldn't be why you're wearing it. A purity ring should be worn as an outward symbol of a person's purity and a concrete reminder to oneself to remain pure.
Let's take it to the next level: what does it matter if you have a beautiful engagement ring and/or wedding band if you're a horrible wife/husband? An engagement ring or wedding band should be an outward sign to the world that you have committed yourself to a lifetime with another person and that you are faithful to them and it should serve as a reminder of that commitment to yourself for those times when temptations occur. The diamond means nothing if the marriage is a mess.