If you are of a certain age, you may already know all about signet rings and their historical significance. However, since signet rings have been making a comeback in recent times, we thought it was time to reintroduce, and educate the younger ones among us, all about the mighty signet ring. So, let us take you through the tradition, resurgence, and new function of signet rings. Tradition and symbolism Signet rings have been around for as long as we have worn jewellery. Traditionally donned to display a certain level of status, a signet ring typically bore a family crest or significant symbol representative of an individual or group. The flat bevel was perfect for engraving (often in reverse), with some signet rings also boasting an inset gem. Back in the day, signet rings were used by aristocratic men as a method of signature. Rather than signing their name to a document, the upper class would press their signet rings into wax as an identifying seal. In fact, the name signet literally means “small seal”. In those days, a signet ring’s purpose was two-fold, not only was it a practical method of identification but it was also worn as a prominent sign to others that the wearer was of a higher class. No longer just for men Traditionally known as a “gentleman’s ring”, signet rings originated in a world where men dominated. Thankfully, the modern world has overcome and moved on from such archaic views. No longer a symbol of the ruling patriarchy, signet rings now adorn the fingers of men and women alike. As a fashion statement and way to express your individual style, signet rings have been repurposed to fit today’s trends in a big way. Etched with a mark of personal significance, your signet ring can represent a sense of community, closeness, and belonging. For example, it can signify a connection to your family’s past, or belonging to a sporting group. Conversely, having a personal icon is a popular form of expression and signet rings are an ideal way to let the world know who you are. But which finger? If you want to follow tradition, history dictates you should wear your signet ring on your pinkie. Customarily on the little finger of your non-dominant hand. But, realistically there are no rules – anything goes! Signet rings are a stunning fashion choice no matter how you choose to wear them. Embellished with a meaningful symbol or left plain, any finger will make a striking statement bejewelled with a signet ring. Represent your family, sporting team, or group, or take your personal brand to the next level with a wearable symbol that will greatly compliment your jewellery collection. Bespoke signet rings Catanach’s Jewellers have a stunning range of signet rings, ready for you to make your mark. Our master jewellers are on-site and available to work with you to design your personalised symbol. We use only the highest quality materials in crafting our jewellery, so you can rest assured that your signet ring will last the test of time. A bespoke piece that can become a treasured family heirloom. Contact us today to find out more!