Back in the days, the signet ring was worn by wealthy aristocrats, politicians, or religious leaders. They were completed with wearer’s signature that had been mirrored plus the initials or coat of arm.
Men’s signet rings now have become a kind of fashion piece, today it is considered the gentleman’s ring.
That’s not a problem……
…..because if you’re reading this you’re about to learn more in 10 minutes what over 90% of the new generation of men don’t know.
Please sit back, relax and learn about the signet ring…
Last week Friday, I had an appointment with a client whom I had earlier met at a Conference a few months back. He was planning to attend his cousin’s wedding the following week. So he contacted me to style him for the wedding.
During my pre-consultation meeting with him, I tried to understand his lifestyle, needs, and expectations in order to prepare a bespoke styling and shopping plan specific to his need. I gathered from our discussion that he prefers a simple but exquisite type of dressing. So I suggested dressing him in Italian Style while accentuating the style with few accessories using a combination of nautical trend bracelets and gold encrusted bracelets and finishing it off with a gold Signet Ring.
I had to empower him with a style that will not only look nice but also stand out from the crowd.
The details –
Navy blue and red blazer | Crisp White Italian Shirt with metal buttons | Multicolored Pocket Square with signature navy blue border | a White Chinos | a Cesare Paciotti Black Belt with double sword face | a black patent tassel loafers | a few bracelets and finally a Gold/Black Signet Ring. It came out fantastic as I had envisaged.
He said he felt like an Italian billionaire boss. In his words, “He was on top of the world”. More than the dressing, he really loved the flirtatious advances and compliments he received from a lot of beautiful ladies at the wedding reception. This was all because of that single gold ring on his ‘pinky’ finger – the signet ring.
Let’s take a look back in history and examine the background of this amazing ring. Shall we?
Ancient kings used signet rings to designate authority, honor, or ownership. It is usually owned by a certain family and passed over through generation. This type of ring was very popular among Kings, Popes and people of very high nobility. The ring was used as a seal to represent its owner – similar to a signature.
Back then, men would wear it on the ‘pinky’ finger of the left hand and stamp it on hot wax to sign documents and seal letters. These days, they are no longer used in this way. Although many still wear them bearing their family crest or coat of arms. Even till this day, signet rings are still seen as a symbol of wealth and status.
This sign of nobility has now been adopted by the fashion world as a choice for a man who wants to make a fashion statement. A trend which is very much in line with the well-to-do gentleman. This reborn appeal of classy signet ring is going strong and quite popular nowadays among stylish gentlemen these days.
…So I decided to write this article to show you different types of signet rings with the comparison from modern to antique as well as giving you some rules to adhere to while wearing them.
TYPES OF SIGNET RING
Let’s categorize the Signet Ring into two types namely – The Original Signet Ring and the MODERN Signet Rings.
The fact that I labeled the original signet ring “original” doesn’t make the modern signet ring “fake”. The major difference between both is actually in the seal. The Original signet ring is the antique type which was used by the ancient Egyptians over 4000 years ago. Those types were completed with the sign properly mirrored.
Since at least the 16th century there have also been pseudo-signet rings where the engraving is not reversed (mirror image), as it should be if the impression is to be read correctly.
The more recent signet rings now do not have that kind of signature because the engraving is not made in the mirror style anymore. It would be quite impossible to find or to own the original or antique signet rings since most of them are either in the museum or kept safely in a restricted area. Although you can buy the modern signet rings with or without your own personalized information. Here are some more recent types and designs below :
FOUR (4) SIMPLE RULES ON WEARING SIGNET RING
1. The traditional finger to wear the signet ring is actually on the pinky finger of either hand.
However, try and avoid wearing your “wedding ring” on the same hand as the signet ring. If you wear your wedding band on the left 4th finger, then you may wear your signet ring on the right pinky (5th) finger.
2. You may choose to wear the signet ring on your fourth (ring) finger.
Here, the same rule applies as above, do NOT wear it together with your wedding band or on the same hand as your wedding band.
3. The signet ring can be worn on your wedding “ring” finger
You could replace your traditional gold wedding band with a gold signet ring [if your spouse doesn’t have any problem with that 🙂 ]. This tradition is usually common among the British royal family where the use of the left pinky finger as the wedding ring and royal signet is shrouded in family secrecy.
4. Only wear the signet ring type that is appropriate for the occasion or your style of dressing.
There are different types – with engravings that are work appropriate (your initials, simple stone etc) and those that are casual (engravings such as Skulls, Star of David) and it comes in different colors – silver, black, gold etc. Choose the right type depending on the occasion and your personality.
I believe this article have inspired you to include this one simple but exquisite accessory in your dressing to complete your style and to always stand out.
However, if you are still not convinced, please take some time off from whatever you are doing and watch the movie Kingsman-The Secret Service. While you are at it, you should pay close attention to the gold ring on the 5th finger [the little finger] of Agent Harry Hart [played by Colin Firth] as well as that of every other Kingsman agent, including their leader Chester King [played by Michael Cain].
Asides the clean cut and fitted suit, the signet ring was their signature style throughout the movie.
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Yours in Style,
Kobi O. Mbagwu (Mr. Kobi)
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