In the 80s, Prince Charles presented a signet ring to Diana Spencer. And now Duchess Megan, Kate Moss, the Hadid sisters and the heroine Jodie Comer in the TV series “Killing Eve” are flaunting in such jewelry with might and main. We tell you how the most famous decoration of aristocratic men became the must-have of women’s wardrobe (and where you can look for the most stylish option).
Gigi Hadid and Duchess Meghan
What can unite Prince Charles, Princess Diana, Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne? In addition to the boundless affection for London, there is a love for signet rings. Once these cast rings with coats of arms and precious stones were an integral part of the image of wealthy aristocratic men. The rings were decorated with the family coat of arms, and they were often used to sign important documents: with this accessory, it was possible to leave an impression in any soft wax or clay.
Before the advent of the Internet and other electronic innovations, this jewelry was listed in the casket of most of the most influential people in the world. Each ring was unique and usually depicted the family coat of arms as a distinctive sign that identified the identity of the owner. All the jewelry has been designed with maximum detail so that they cannot be faked. Of course, such unique jewelry was expensive, so only wealthy people could afford them.
Rings with precious stones and pearls, XV-XVIII centuries
In the Middle Ages, any influential man had a ring made of gold or silver. Most of the rings produced at this time were destroyed immediately after the death of the owner: this excluded the possibility of forgery of documents. In the XIX century, the design of rings became more intricate, as precious and semi-precious stones began to be used in their production.
Gradually, the signet rings, like all the most interesting and unusual things, migrated to the women’s wardrobe. In 1981, such an ornament was presented to Diana Spencer before the wedding by Prince Charles, who himself rarely appears in public without his favorite signet. There is a similar decoration in the Duchess of York’s jewelry box.
Prince Charles in 1981
Princess Diana in 1988
Although the Duchess of Cambridge is indifferent to such an inherently aristocratic trend, her younger sister Pippa does not deny herself the pleasure of wearing a ring with the family coat of arms – she appears in it regularly in the stands of Wimbledon. Among the lovers of these jewelry, Duchess Meghan was also noted, who during her life in the royal family tried on several such rings for a visit to Sussex County.
Sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid, Kate Moss, Cara Delevingne and even the heroine Jodie Comer Villanelle from the TV series “Killing Eve” could not resist this trend. In one of the scenes, the girl appears in a massive signet ring with the inscription “It’s not what they think about me that matters, but what I think about them.”
Villanelle in the TV series “Killing Eve”
Modern signet rings practically do not differ from their predecessors – jewelry is made of gold, silver, jewelry or costume jewelry alloys, with inserts of enamel or iridescent stones. However, the main function – verification of documents – no longer matters, now it’s just a way to diversify the outfit in an interesting way.
Miranda Kerr’s signet ring, which she wore with her engagement ring
You can wear such rings in different ways. They can be combined with other rings, and it is not necessary to select metals by color – feel free to mix gold with silver, pearls with colored stones, thin rings with massive ones. And to make your experiments with accessories easier, we have selected the most stylish and unusual signet rings, which are breaking all popularity records this season.