Your Guide To Signet Rings

Signet rings: the original statement ring

Signet rings have a rich past, having been worn by everyone from kings and emperors to modern-day princesses. Traditionally a masculine piece of jewellery, they have seen a resurgence in recent times and are becoming an increasingly popular style among both men and women.

Perfect for adding a touch of class and sentiment to your jewellery collection, understanding this ring design is key to wearing them with confidence.

SIGNET RING DEFINITION: A signet ring is typically engraved with a crest, monogram, or other design and worn on the pinky finger of the right hand. Originally, men used these rings as seals to confirm signatures on important documents, contracts, and letters, but today, the signet ring is a must-have in any jewellery box.

The history of the signet ring

Originally used as a ‘seal,’ signet rings date back centuries and played an important role in business and politics. Traditionally, royals and nobility had these rings engraved with a family crest, coat of arms or a royal symbol to seal official documents or signify status.

However, over time the purpose of a signet ring has changed, and its definition has evolved. While signet rings were primarily worn by men to show class and nobility, in the 1920s and 1930s, women started to wear signet rings to signify their right to vote.

Today, signet rings are especially popular with royals, celebrities, and families with long, storied legacies. Meghan Markle is a fan of the signet ring, as is King Charles III, who is often seen wearing a large gold signet on his pinky.

The meaning of signet rings

The use of a signet ring has changed much since its beginnings. No longer representing nobility, these rings are a gorgeous piece that anyone can own and wear. Some people choose to pass these jewellery pieces down the generations as an heirloom. Whilst many receive their own as a coming-of-age gift at either 18 or 21. What a signet ring is, is entirely down to you.

As a sentimental piece of jewellery, signet rings are a great gift for a wedding, graduation, birthday, or for yourself to make a statement and show off your personal style.

What to look for in a signet ring

What shape is the face of a signet ring? Faces are commonly oval, circular, square, or heart shaped.

Do I need to engrave my signet ring? While many opt to engrave their ring with their initials, a small design, or something sentimental, it’s certainly not required; we think they’re just as beautiful and compelling without it.

How do I wear a signet ring? When it comes to rings, we often wonder which finger they should be placed on. Signet rings are typically worn on the right hand, and frequently on the pinky finger – but they can also be worn as a statement ring on the thumb or any other finger. It’s all up to how you prefer to style it.

What metal should I choose for my signet ring? Signet rings are usually made from gold or silver.

Becky’s Boutique Signet Rings

At Becky’s Boutique, we have a beautiful collection of silver and gold signet rings. Our traditional designs with a modern twist and feminine edge are the kind that will never leave your finger.

What your signet ring is and means is entirely up to you. Whether you want to make a bold statement or you’re going for understated cool, we believe there is no wrong way to wear them. The new hero of your jewellery box, our handmade signet rings will add meaning to your ring stack.


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