My recent infatuation with signet rings has led me down a deep rabbit hole, tracing it’s fascinating history all the way back to 1800BC in Ancient Egypt. For centuries, signet rings have been used to signify authority and seal business transactions, with symbols engraved in stone or etched in metal and then stamped on hot wax. Fast forward to the 16th century when wearing signets in Europe became a status symbol, mostly amongst royalty and aristocrats. Today, they are worn blank or monogrammed and most of the time, purely as a fashion accessory. I’m continuously on the lookout for a storied vintage piece, as well as a more masculine signet, to stack alongside my modern version. Scroll down for some of my favorite picks – you might find your own initials emblazoned on one of these gorgeous antique signets!
(images via Luv AJ, Retro, The Deeps, The Line, Vogue & Mimi Et Toi)
I always wanted one, especially the blank ones are so cool!
This jewellery inspiration is everything!
I had a little signet ring as a child, not sure it would fit me now! x
@Lauren, I’ve seen those baby signet rings and love the idea of wearing them on the pinky or as a knuckle ring! So cute.
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I love how masculine and yet feminine they are.
i had no idea of the history of signet rings, thanks for sharing! beautiful rings too =o)
i’ve been wearing a signet ring since 1987, high school graduation gift! xoxo
I LOVE that you posted this. I’ve been scouring the internet and Etsy for the perfect one for me.
This is new to me, like I don’t really know this kind of ring. Perfect for pairing to weeding.
Thank you for the article Erica. I am engaged and was just able to purchase one of the rings in your photos with my new initials. I LOVE Honestly WTF. xo
@Terina How wonderful and special! Congratulations and thank you for sharing!!!
I love history fashion posts!!!! Totally up my alley.
Such incredible pieces <3
Seriously these pics are stunning!!!
Got one signet ring from India and people keep noticing it when I wear it.
Love your selection! x
I thought I was the only one with a signet ring obsession! You don’t see the younger generations wearing them much. Great feature 🙂
I have worn a family signet ring on my pinky since I was 18. I have been married for 20 years and still wear it everyday.