Signet rings have had historical significance since 3500 B.C, when the Mesopotamians used cylindrical seals stamped in clay or wax to approve documents. Often, in the Middle Ages, the rings were used as a sealed signature to identify a person’s political allegiance or coat of arms. To avoid forgeries, when a person who used a signet ring died, it would be destroyed. It was mainly royalty, government officials and aristocrats who wore signet rings throughout the 19th century. Their status was engraved in a silver or gold ring and would signify their importance. By the 20th century the purpose of the signet ring changed yet again, it was no longer about a source of security. Rather, men started wearing the signet ring as a tradition and often hand them down in generations. They’re now also known as ‘gent’s rings’.
Over the past couple of years signet rings have become highly fashionable. Many new styles encompass the traditional look with initials or family crests, but many have also added more modern options such as diamonds or used their own designs. Whether you like a modern or vintage look a signet ring is a sophisticated choice.