No family crest? Would you like something other than your initials?
If you believe you have no family crest or you do not know your family crest, you could consider having a different engraving. Of course there is always the option to have your initials in a monogram or cypher.
Or, you could have a beautiful signet ring which has been engraved with a logo, emblem or something which is special and unique to you.
Here are some stunning examples of alternative engravings:
A word or two about engraving
Our engravers do not ‘stamp’ the engraving, they use fine tools with diamond tips to carve the gold, gemstone or silver out of the ring to make a reverse engraving.. So they can see how the engraving is coming along, they use something a bit like blu tack or plasticine to push into the ring every few minutes so they can see the engraving forming and make adjustments as necessary. This is a breathtakingly fine art, and the best engravings are made by the most skilled craftsmen we can find.
Unleash your creativity!
At Signets and Cyphers, we can help you find or choose an image to be engraved on your ring. We can advise you on which engravings will look best and which will not work on a signet ring or perhaps on that shape of ring. So really it’s time to let your imagination go wild – unleash your creativity and get something amazing made just for you!
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.
My personal feeling with this is that you should do whatever is most comfortable for you.
However the general consensus is that you should wear them on your non leading hand and with the bottom of the crest nearest the base knuckle or your wrist.
As far as I know the British Royal Family tend to wear them this way.
Traditionally one would create a seal by rolling your hand outward and impressing into the wax. Rather than making a fist and pressing down vertically from above. This way the crest will be the correct way up. There is more control in the former method and you can use your other hand to assist and gently apply pressure in the right areas to get a good seal.