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Christmas Presents for Men – gold and silver cufflinks make great gifts

domed silver cufflinks with raven and initialsIf you are looking for Christmas presents for men, gold and silver cufflinks make great gifts. Unlike a signet ring you don’t need their size so the gift can be kept secret.  These featured in the photo are domed oval silver cufflinks. Signets and Cyphers make gold and silver cufflinks in a variety of different styles. Our best selling are the twin oval cufflinks but we also make them with a swivelling turnbar and with a torpedo at the end of the chain. Some people prefer the turnbar or torpedo as they are easier to put on to the cuff.  If you want to make them really special we can add a small diamond, ruby or sapphire, star set into the middle for a luxury touch. The engraving can be either a family crest or initials or both.  The engraving is done by hand so our world class engraver can engrave in many different styles. If you see something you like just send it in and we can tell you if it will work on the cufflink. We also recommend putting a date on one side if it is a present to mark a milestone like a special birthday or a wedding, or even a wedding anniversary. The gemstone additions are very good to personalise the gift even more – for example you can have rubies for 40th Wedding Anniversary, Sapphire for 45th and Diamonds for 60 years.  Prices for silver cufflinks engraved with initials start at £250, gold at £595, but for a more accurate quote contact bella@signetsandcyphers.com For more ideas and photos please see the website http://www.signetsandcyphers.com/domed-oval.php

How Do I Find My Family Crest?

We can help with this by looking in our library of Heraldic books. We use Fairbairn’s Book of Crests. There are many editions of this unique reference book which was first published in 1859. You can normally find a copy in your local library, should you wish to do your own research. Most family crests are detailed in this book and we would be more than happy to send the options to you by email.

Bella@signetsandcyphers.com

Or you can visit the website and fill out the Crest Finder form:

http://www.signetsandcyphers.com/crest-finder.php

Your family crest can be engraved on your signet ring either in reverse or for sight. The traditional way is in reverse so that it is the correct way when it is pressed into wax to make a seal. This is where the term seal engraving comes from.

Which Finger Should I Wear My Signet Ring On?

Most people wear their signet ring on their non-leading hand. In other words if you are right handed (which is the majority of the worlds population) you would most normally wear it on your left hand. Left handed people generally prefer to wear their signet ring on their right hand.

Traditionally people always wore their signet on their little “pinkie” finger. This is because you can then use it as a seal without actually taking off the ring. When creating a wax seal (to seal a letter, for example) it is best to slightly roll the ring to create a deep clear impression in the sealing wax. It is possibly more difficult to create a seal if you wear the ring on any other finger and that is why the tradition developed to wear your signet on the little finger.

If you wear a wedding ring this is normally worn on the non-leading hand.  This means that a signet ring worn on the little finger then touches and rubs against the wedding ring. In this instance, if you find this annoying, you may prefer to wear the signet ring on your other hand – your leading hand.

Ultimately there are no strict ‘rules of etiquette’ regarding wearing of a signet ring. It is a very personal thing and in our opinion you should always wear your ring however you want!

More recently, (particularly in the United States of America) it is quite normal to wear a signet ring on another finger; possibly your ring finger or middle finger. Bear in mind that in this instance the ring needs to be larger to keep it in proportion to the size of the finger.

In aristocratic and upper middle class British circles it was uncustomary for men to wear a wedding ring but this tradition is slowly in decline. In these circles, quite typically we find that a signet ring is an accepted alternative to a wedding ring.

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