A man chooses an engagement ring for his future wife, buys his mother earrings on her birthday, selects a bracelet for his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day, a pendant for that special anniversary. What about him? Having focused only on the women in his life, when it comes to choosing a ring for himself, he feels lost. What type of Man’s ring will he wear?
We often forget that jewelry is not just for women. When I design, I like to keep the men in mind and ensure that the Neta Wolpe Timeless Treasures collection includes a men’s jewelry range that speaks to him. I consider the fact that for most of these men, there will only ever be one piece of jewelry he will wear. A man must therefore have a special ring, a unique ring, a timeless ring, something that speaks directly to him.
To me there is no piece of jewelry more elegant, more masculine and more fitting than the Signet ring.
A Little History
Often considered the “gentleman’s ring,” the Signet ring dates all the way back to the days of the Old Testament, when it was used as seal, a personal signature or a symbol of family heritage.
At this time, it was more of a device rather than an actual Signet Ring. The gentleman would press the device into hot wax or soft clay and it would be a way of proving his authenticity and of identifying himself to another, as it would have the markings of his identity, or coat of arms or family emblem. By the start of the Middle ages almost everyone of nobility and social standing wore a Signet ring. The Signet Ring was widely used by Royals to authenticate documents and legal correspondence, and was worn on the hand in order to be kept safe. At the start of this period, only the noble were wealthy enough to afford jewels and fine metals.
By the Victorian era, Signet Rings were considered a staple of the well-dressed gentlemen, and continued to remain through the Deco era, maintaining a symbol a high level of class, elitism, and a superior status.
Today signatures have replaced the use of Signet rings as a way of verifying ones identity. The Modern Signet Ring today can be worn by anybody (male or female) as statement rings, and are still often passed down from generation to generation as a family heirloom.
In my opinion, the classic Signet Ring will always remain a true symbol of male elegance, and is therefore a perfect choice as a timeless man’s ring.
On what finger do I wear my Signet Ring?
Traditionally Signet rings have been worn on the pinkie finger (or smallest finger) of the non-dominant hand. This dates back to ancient times as it was therefore more easily to be used for traditional means of using it as a seal. Today, if one wears a Signet ring on the pinkie finger, it is therefore more of a statement ring or a means of personal expression, rather than having any religious or cultural associations.
More and more these days, we get requests from our male clients for a Gold Classic Signet Ring to be designed for them as timeless wedding rings, and therefore find them wearing it on the third finger of either the left or right hand (depending on cultures).
Signet rings, still the mark of the elegant gentleman, have played a large part in the Neta Wolpe Timeless Treasures collection over the years, and will continue to do so over the years to come.
Shapes and Materials
The most common shapes of Signet rings are oval, round, cushion, or squared (Oxford) face.
We use 14 karat gold and 18 karat gold and create both men’s rings and women’s rings in yellow gold, rose gold and white gold.
You may contact us directly to help you custom design your Signet ring and you may also view our current collection of men’s Signet rings and women’s signet rings on our website http://www.netawolpe.com/rings.html?cat=76