You just discovered a story of Princess Diana was gifted a signet ring with the Prince of Wales feathers from Charles the night before their wedding.
Or Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, wore her signet ring, not the traditional way on the pinkie but on her ring finger on the right hand!
That's why you start to take an interest in this hottest accessory of the moment. But then there're so many questions that come to your mind…
Which finger should you wear your signet ring on? Should you stick with tradition? Is it meant to be the pinky, index or middle finger?
Should you go for steel, gold-plated or silver?
Should I get my signet ring engraved or have it plain?
The most important thing to remember is, ... the choice is YOURS.
Whether you are a traditionalist or prefer to opt for a more contemporary take on this piece, there are plenty of options for accessorising your signet ring to suit your style.
What finger do I wear my signet ring on?
Actually there’s no one-size-fits-all rule about which finger you should wear a classic signet ring on.
Traditionally this piece is worn on the pinky finger, but, with the 2023 version RULES, they are made to be broken.
Try experimenting with different options until you find a ring fit that feels right for you.
You can wear your ring on any finger you like depending on the mood, what feels comfortable and the occasion.
Here are some of our thoughts behind the different fingers.
1. Your pinky finger
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. And many women avoid wearing a signet ring on their wedding finger, so a signet ring on the pinkie is a suitable substitute.
As a nod to this cultural reference, you may choose to wear your signet ring on your pinky finger.
Many people like to place a signet ring on the pinkie finger of the non-dominant hand, so if you're right-handed, the pinky signet ring goes on the left pinkie.
If you are right-handed, try wearing your signet ring on your left pinkie for a day to see what it feels like. If you are left-handed, try the right pinkie instead.
Examine how well the ring fit feels against your other fingers. The most important thing is your comfort level. You don't want to put it on a finger that will cause you discomfort.
Also, consider the fact that your pinkie is a highly visible finger. If your signet ring finger is the pinkie, it will not wear as a subtle accessory. Instead, it will grab peoples' attention, which you may or may not want.
2. Your pointer finger
The pointer finger is another good option for a signet ring. It provides a good grip and is also very visible. Plus, using the pointer as your signet ring finger can look very elegant if you have long fingers.
However, you might find that a pointer signet ring can get in the way of your everyday tasks. For example, if you constantly use your hands for typing or cooking, you may want to choose a different finger.
3. Your wedding ring finger
The wedding ring finger is a good choice if you want your ring to be subtle and not too noticeable.
However, you may not want to choose this digit as your signet ring finger if you are married; since most married women reserve this finger for their wedding bling.
4. Your thumb
The thumb as a signet ring finger is a good choice if you have large hands and fingers. It is also a good choice if you want your signet ring to be highly visible.
However, some jewelry lovers find that a thumb signet ring looks a bit odd. For example, if you are self-conscious about your hands, you may want to choose a different finger that draws less attention.
5. Your middle finger
Some people feel that the middle finger is the most appropriate choice for a signet ring finger, as it is the longest and most visible digit, while others prefer using their index finger, which is more formal.
Wearing a middle finger signet ring can help draw attention to your ring, as it is typically not blocked from view by your other fingers.
Steel, gold-plated or silver signet rings?
Your choice of material for your signet ring is dependent on your personal style or the outfit you are styling it with.
Are you more of a gold or a silver person?
Are you looking for a ring to coordinate with a more casual, everyday look?
These factors will all influence your decision. At Maral Kunst, we love steel, gold-plated and silver and the way that they age over time and carry such material honesty.
We think there is a time and a place for each of the gorgeous tones of our signature materials.
Steel signet rings
Steel signet rings are perfect for the person who favours a crisp, fresh, silver tone. Maybe you often wear blue jackets or have a favourite steel watch that you want to coordinate?
A steel signet ring is a timeless and versatile accessory that looks as great dressed up as it does dressed down, meaning that you can wear it every day and to any occasion.
This minimalist ring will never go out of style.
Gold-plated signet rings
For you gold lovers out there, gold-plated signet rings ooze sophistication and precision, while possessing warm, golden tones. A gold-plated signet ring looks wonderful with a cuff bracelet, a pair of gold cufflinks or a matching watch.
Whatever your style or accessories, you can rely on a gold-plated signet ring to complete your look.
Silver signet rings
Arguably the most contemporary material choice out of our collection if signet rings, a silver signet ring offers unbeatable, rich tones.
If you’re looking for a signet ring that will grow with your personal aesthetic and look refined for years to come, then a silver signet ring could be the option for you.
Should I engrave my signet ring?
Historically signet rings were always engraved with the signature of the wearer; however that doesn’t necessarily have to be the case these days.
Our signet rings have been carefully designed to look as precise and refined left blank as they do with an engraving. Tactile, versatile and solid, our signet rings are a minimalist and contemporary piece of jewellery that can speak for itself.
However, if you want to make your mark on your signet ring, or perhaps you are gifting a ring for a loved one and want to add a special, personal touch, then engraving in a brilliant choice.
At Maral Kunst, we can offer an in-house engraving service that ensures your pieces are just as you desire.
We recommend engraving a basic monogram like an initial, a number or a word, in a font of your choice, to ensure your signet ring is unmistakably yours.
Whether you would like to engrave your own initial, the initial of a loved one, a significant date or a word that holds meaning to you, these engravings are all possible on our collection of signet rings.
Gifting signet rings
A signet ring makes a precise and meaningful gift for the man/ the women in your life. Whether you are shopping for your partner, a friend, your brother, your son or your father, a signet ring is sure to be a gift that he will really cherish.
When choosing a signet ring for a partner, opt for a material that you know he wears regularly.
Why not engrave with his initial or your anniversary date for a special touch? Maybe you are getting married and want an extra gift that he can wear alongside his wedding band for years to come? Whatever the occasion, a signet ring is a classic choice.
As well as partners, signet rings make beautiful gifts for friends. Why not leave blank for a modern feel or engrave the signet ring with a word that means something in your friendship, maybe an inside joke or a positive motto. Whatever you choose, a signet ring will really show them you care.
When we think of gifting signet rings, family members come to mind most readily. Why not play with the tradition of the signet ring and gift one to your father, son or brother?
Get the signet ring engraved with the family initial and gift them a timeless piece of jewellery that can be kept in the family.
So, which finger do you wear a signet ring on?
The answer is however you want it!
There is no strict rule to wear a signet ring, as long as it is meaningful to you. When choosing your signet ring, consider the metal and stone, pick a style that suits you, and get it personalized for an extra special touch.
For more inspiration for styling your signet rings, check back next week when we’ll be discussing how to style your signet rings so you can create a look that is both unique and stylish.