September 10, 2018
Following the launch of our new collection of signet rings, we discuss which finger to wear yours on. Whether you are a traditionalist or prefer to opt for a more contemporary take on this piece, there are plenty of options for accessorising yours to suit your personal style.
Your pinky finger
Although signet rings aren’t as prominent in society today as they once were, they are still an accessory with immense cultural and historical significance. Traditionally, signet rings were worn on the pinky finger and used by gentlemen, particularly gentlemen involved with business or politics, as a seal to sign important documents. Engraved with the wearers family crest, the signet ring would be dipped into hot wax before being used to print a signature.
As a nod to this cultural reference, you may choose to wear your signet ring on your pinky finger. Whether you opt for brass, steel or copper - leaving your signet ring blank for a more contemporary look or having it engraved with your crest or markings – our pieces allow you to dress your ring up or down, experimenting with both modern and more classic ways of wearing.
Here, we have paired ours with a timeless dark blazer and gold cufflinks while also layering the signet ring with a stack of our cuff bracelets and a pair of our patina cufflinks. A minimalist and versatile piece of jewellery, you can wear yours on your pinky finger without the fear of looking old fashioned.
Your ring, index and middle fingers
As signet rings were technically the signature of the wearer, they were often considered so powerful that they were destroyed after the man’s death. Most commonly these signatures were a coat of arms or a family crest, but they could also be simple symbols and other combinations of letters or distinct patterns. Above all else, the signet ring represents power, authenticity and the individuality of the owner.
You can embrace this notion of individuality by choosing to break tradition and wear your signet ring on your ring, index or middle finger, depending on your outfit, your mood or the occasion. For example, here we have styled ours with a red jumper and a collection of our cuff bracelets, as well as a simple brown blazer and a pair of our patina cufflinks. You can celebrate the story behind the signet ring design while updating it with your own take.
For more inspiration for styling your signet rings, you can browse the full collection here and follow us on Instagram @alicemadethis. Check back next week when we’ll be discussing how to style your signet rings with different outfits.