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Crafted in a range of metals and styles, including plain gold signet rings, to heavily engraved and gemstone pieces.
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What is a Signet Ring?
Traditionally, signet rings were one of the few pieces of jewellery worn exclusively by men. Signet rings are largely plain bands, with one flat surface on the exterior side of the ring. This surface is often ornamented with intaglio (a term encompassing incising or engraving), a family coat of arms, or a personal signature/ initials.
Engraving is often carried out on signet rings, either directly onto the metal, or gemstone which will be set into the ring. Preferred gemstones are carnelian, sardonyx, and onyx. Theses stones are popular, as within their origins signet rings also served as dual wax seals, these gemstones are known for their anti-adhesive qualities.
In cultures such as Ancient Rome and Egypt, people of importance wore signet rings featuring their own personal insignia. When signing a letter or affixing a seal, the wearer would pour wax onto a document, then press their ring into the wax.
Wearing a Signet Ring
Signet rings have for some time been exclusively worn by men. In modern society however, signet rings are now made specifically for women.
The passing down of a signet ring is frequently done upon the death of the wearer. It is also popular for a grandfather to pass such a ring to his grandson to celebrate a significant birthday such as 18th or 21st birthday.
Traditionally men wear signet rings on the little finger of their left hand (the pinkie), and alongside their wedding ring.
There are no set rules for women wearing signet rings. Many women wear the ring on their index finger, and as a statement piece of jewellery. Traditionalists and those looking to imitate classic styles will always wear their signet ring on one of their little fingers.
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