The Etiquette Of Wearing A Signet Ring

The ubiquitous signet ring has evolved from a functional piece of jewellery to a stylish staple. For millennia, men wore signet rings that were engraved with a family crest or seal, and this ring functioned as a signature when impressed upon wax on important documents. As evidenced in portraits throughout history, men chose to wear their signet or seal ring on any number of fingers. However, in the past century, the traditional place for a signet ring has become the little finger of the non-dominant hand.

Although traditionally worn exclusively by men, women adopted signet rings into their jewellery boxes and onto their fingers beginning in the 1970s and 1980s. The enduring symbol of family and status no longer was limited by gender. Princess Diana was often photographed wearing her signet ring on her left-hand little finger, and many other female members of the Royal Family wear their signet rings on that finger.

Once a symbol of family status, the signet ring has now become an enduring symbol of style. Never more popular than it is today, the chic signet ring can be adapted to fit a multitude of styles and tastes. If one wishes to follow tradition, a signet ring should be engraved with a crest which must only face the wearer: this tradition dates to the medieval era, when family crests were born on top of helmets worn into battle. However, a signet ring can come in many shapes and forms, bearing initials, a special talisman or symbol, or a custom piece of artwork.

Today, the signet ring is a chic and timeless accessory, suited for men and women alike. It is equally as stylish paired with a T-shirt and jeans as it is a formal suit and makes a perfect future heirloom. To discuss the creation of your perfect signet ring, we invite you to visit our shop in London or to contact us via phone or email.

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