Gold signet rings the upper middle class wear on their little finger

(140 Posts)
HanneHolm Mon 16-Dec-13 11:06:55

why? where from what for?
and has no one pointed out they are one step away from a MOM signet ring from Lizzy duke?

I have honestly never seen someone wearing one. Seen plenty of sovereign rings and mum/dad rings but never anyone with a pinky ring.

HanneHolm Mon 16-Dec-13 11:08:33

you dont mix in the right circles wink

Hah, clearly not. Ah well, I think I can live with that wink

momb Mon 16-Dec-13 11:10:02

My father wore one but never wore a wedding ring as 'Gentlemen wear their signet ring only.'

It's a the family seal. If we still used wax to seal letters then it would be stamped with the ring before despatch.

SpeedData Mon 16-Dec-13 11:10:57

It's to show off the family crest.

ShatnersBassoon Mon 16-Dec-13 11:11:06

I've never noticed them in relation to a certain group of people. I think they're often family heirlooms.

HanneHolm Mon 16-Dec-13 11:11:11

arf at family seal

HanneHolm Mon 16-Dec-13 11:11:30

family crest
in 2013?


MirandaWest Mon 16-Dec-13 11:12:33

I got one for XH when we got engaged. He had his mum's family crest put on it.

HanneHolm Mon 16-Dec-13 11:12:46



CooEeeEldridge Mon 16-Dec-13 11:13:30

My parents in law believe that it is a sign of homosexuality. No joke! Once had a conversation where mil was in hospital, doctor treating her happened to mention his wife, but mil / fil thought she didn't exist because...(said in hushed tones) he was wearing a signet ring !!

Artandco Mon 16-Dec-13 11:17:07

I have one. It was my great great grandmothers and is past down through generations as the eldest child is around 11 years. Funnily the eldest has always been a girl but I only have boys so will give to eldest when he's old enough. I wear on my second smallest finger as too big for smallest

PedantMarina Mon 16-Dec-13 11:24:18

So, OP, you're saying that anybody who has a family has to be ashamed of it? That geneology and history have no place in 2013?

Congratulations, my first ever biscuit.

FruOla Mon 16-Dec-13 11:24:40

I've got one, I inherited it from my Mum - it has her family seal on it. It's a bit too big for the correct finger and I don't like wearing it on the wrong finger!

MirandaWest Mon 16-Dec-13 11:35:59

Yes my XHs mums family has a family crest. It's not that odd (although has to be said that my family does not have one).

ILikeToMoveItMoveIt Mon 16-Dec-13 11:40:43

I think titled/posh males wear a band on the left little finger with the signet ring as well.

Abitannoyedatthis Mon 16-Dec-13 11:42:01

My dad had one with his dad's family crest and motto but never wore it. Likewise DH has one but wears his wedding ring instead. Lots of families have them. I really don't care what jewellery people wear or don't. I think some men used to get a signet ring on engagement.

ILikeToMoveItMoveIt Mon 16-Dec-13 11:42:03

Doah - that should read wedding band.

Absy Mon 16-Dec-13 11:47:21

I first encounted this at university (I went to a univeristy that was stuffed to the gills with rahs) and my flatmate was given one for her 21st birthday. I didn't get it then, I don't get it now.

Normally I use it as criteria for deciding whether or not someone is a bit of a twat.

Damnautocorrect Mon 16-Dec-13 11:56:34

If my family had a crest id wear it with pride

HanneHolm Mon 16-Dec-13 12:03:25

Lol at twatmeasure

I think I agree. Plus aesthetically are vile

WigWearer Mon 16-Dec-13 12:04:45

Prince Charles wears one. But he is a bit of a cough peacock. By all accounts.

WigWearer Mon 16-Dec-13 12:07:52

If my family had a crest id wear it with pride

Every family is as ancient as every other family.

Every family goes back to the dawn of humanity.

<head explodes>

WhereIsMyHat Mon 16-Dec-13 12:28:49

All the MIC boys wear them, guessing they're from their rich Daddy.

I want one.

Absy Mon 16-Dec-13 12:29:46

Yes yes, I'm with Scout Finch on this one - surely everyone's family is as old as everyone else's? It's just some started reading earlier than others, or raped and pillaged very successfully. It's not like, apart from a select few everyone else kind of landed on this planet 50 years ago.

diplodocus Mon 16-Dec-13 12:38:24

Just google your name - you'll almost certainly find a family crest for it should you feel the need.

EveningCalls Mon 16-Dec-13 12:38:28

CooEEE - my Dad always told me that's how you tell if a man is gay shock too

Absy Mon 16-Dec-13 12:45:09

I think I might do a Beckham and create my own family crest , given that none came up when I googled the name and "family crest". Though this guy came up. I think that's a good starting point.

Why do you care though? If someone wants to wear something that reminds them of their family that's not anyone else's business. Just like if someone wants to get their DC's names tattooed on their arm, or to wear a necklace with their baby's thumbprint on it. Just because it's not to your taste doesn't mean you need to be horrible about it. If you think it's ugly or stupid just ignore it.

My Dad has one, it's a family heirloom, in the old fashioned sense he is head of the family now. It's an item of family jewellery, nothing more.

squoosh Mon 16-Dec-13 13:10:18

Yah, Jamie Biscuits from Made in Chelsea is always sporting one. They are the finger equivalent of red trousers.

CallMeNancy Mon 16-Dec-13 13:12:21

Family crest. We have it in our cutlery too.

YoungBritishPissArtist Mon 16-Dec-13 13:18:54

Pippa Middleton wears one grin

I have a very popular surname, like probably top 10 popular. Shall I just Google the crest and start wearing one like I'm reet posh? grin

lookdeepintotheparka Mon 16-Dec-13 13:19:30

Key to this look is that the wearer has fat and stumpy little fingers grin

HanneHolm Mon 16-Dec-13 14:02:45

look at my fucking red trousers naff gold ring?

gwenniebee Mon 16-Dec-13 14:09:15

I have one, I'm not upper middle class I don't think! I inherited it from my great aunt, it's over 90 years old. Currently not adorning my right little finger as has worn too thin, but DH is getting it re-done (complete with crest re-imprinted) for my 30th.

It's part of my family history, it certainly doesn't feel "naff" to me.

EveningCalls Mon 16-Dec-13 14:15:16
ClaraStahlbaum Mon 16-Dec-13 14:33:56

Didn't the Middletons start wearing them relatively recently, you know, after they'd designed their family crest...

HanneHolm Mon 16-Dec-13 14:36:58
ClaraStahlbaum Mon 16-Dec-13 14:37:56

I'm not a Middleton-hater btw, but just thought that instead of trying to be aristo, when they're not and not considered that by other aristos (although probably MUCH better tolerated now that they're officially linked to The Family), they should have just been proud of being who they are.

Gatekeeper Mon 16-Dec-13 14:41:27

dh wears one; was his dad's and his dad's before him and on and on etc. We are not posh, upper class/whatever and it is NOT vile

HanneHolm Mon 16-Dec-13 14:41:53

Tis ;)

Gatekeeper Mon 16-Dec-13 14:44:36

Tisn't rasssssssssspppp
<slaps HanneHolm and runs away so she can't slap her back>

missmartha Mon 16-Dec-13 14:45:09

I've got my mum's. She had it as a birthday gift when she was seven.

My grandparents were very working class and proud, they definitely didn't have a family crest.

My grand father believed that people with family crests should be put up against a wall and shot.

dexter73 Mon 16-Dec-13 14:49:10

OMG!! Have just googled my maiden name and we have a crest! I'm off to Elizabeth Duke to get a ring made up with my crest on it asap!

squoosh Mon 16-Dec-13 14:53:38

Every name has a crest surely. I know every Irish family does.

But I wouldn't in a million years display my family crest anywhere, that's for American tourists.

dexter73 Mon 16-Dec-13 14:55:00

My mum's side of the family have a tartan. Is that better than a crest?

missmartha Mon 16-Dec-13 14:58:11

My mum's maiden name was Jones.

THe Jones crest probably isn't much to write home about.

I say that as someone with jones blood coursing through her veins.

Absy Mon 16-Dec-13 15:03:42

Not every name has a crest. I imagine it's way more common for anglo-saxon families to have crests, but after extensive googling research my family name doesn't have one. They weren't exactly handing them out in the shtetl.

SootikinAndSweep Mon 16-Dec-13 15:14:57

Ooh! My surname has a crest. It's very very ugly.

<considers changing name>

squoosh Mon 16-Dec-13 15:27:17

I've just checked my family crests, the mottos are a bit aggro. I might need to invent a fluffier, friendlier one.

DH wears one, it is a tradition in their family ( the Earl of X)

He does not care what people think and has had his faur share if bosh- bashing.

Who cares anyway.

dexter73 Mon 16-Dec-13 15:43:18

I don't think anyone cares. It is just something inane to natter about on a rainy afternoon.

That's why I'm here....

HanneHolm Mon 16-Dec-13 16:07:01

i love it when someone cares enough to come on a thread to ask why we care

cos they don't care

Quenna Mon 16-Dec-13 16:12:46

I've just bought one for my DD who is 13. I am not going for the crest thing as that would be mad ...we are very ordinary...but I am going to get her initial engraved on it.

I had the ring made from my mum's wedding ring which was left to me.

I thought it would be nice.....

noddyholder Mon 16-Dec-13 17:53:37

My ds has a VW one silver he loves it as do his mates Just very simple with the little orb.

MrsHowardRoark Mon 16-Dec-13 17:59:46

My DP has one, as does everyone on his father's side. All the children are given one on their 21st birthday.

They don't look naff at all and are quite subtle. In their case it is a link to their past family, many of whom were killed during the holocaust.

Dilidali Mon 16-Dec-13 18:04:00

Oooh gawd, never thought of it! Just googled and we do have a crest. It is actually really really ironic. The only person in the family who wears a signet is really really snobbish and the motto on the family crest goes against every grain of this person's belief.
That's soooo funny!!! Oh, I can feel a controversial little 'gem' spilled at the dinner table coming on! Cold dish and all that. I shall be wearing my pearls for this.

HanneHolm Mon 16-Dec-13 18:05:10

i cant imagine wanting to wear one piece of jewellery when 21 and when 81 tbh
regardless of meaning

ItsAWonderfulCervix Mon 16-Dec-13 18:05:10

WeI don't have a crest but we do have our own tartan grin

Oddsocksrus Mon 16-Dec-13 18:06:54

My family all have them as 21st birthday presents. The men wear it on their left hand as most haven't chosen to wear a wedding band, the girls on their right hand.
They have our initials on them.
It's just an old tradition, we don't have a crest and have a fine history of sheep rustling hence our distant relatives in Australia and Tasmania...

HanneHolm Mon 16-Dec-13 18:20:31

the tradition bit is even MORE cringey

I only know 4 people who wear one. All very posh, land owner types. With spaniels.

I expect they got theirs in town. wink

Laska42 Mon 16-Dec-13 20:23:58

Masons.. Avoid..

WidowWadman Mon 16-Dec-13 20:28:06


"i cant imagine wanting to wear one piece of jewellery when 21 and when 81 tbh
regardless of meaning"

I got my engagement ring at 25 - should I live to 81 I hope I will still be wearing it. Some jewellery is timeless. Especially when it has meaning.

ARealPickle Mon 16-Dec-13 20:29:11

I had no idea it was sometimes done by the upper class. I've always thought of "MUM" rings and incredibly naff when I've seen them...

magicbiscuits Mon 16-Dec-13 20:29:17

I've never seen a woman wear one.

And I've only ever known one man to wear one, and he was a prat who paid to have a crest designed just so he could wear one and be posh like his best friend hmm

SirRaymondClench Mon 16-Dec-13 20:33:23

You've got a real chip on your shoulders Op.
What a fucking horrible attitude you've got.

SirRaymondClench Mon 16-Dec-13 20:34:39

Sorry forgot this biscuit

BeginnerSAHM Mon 16-Dec-13 20:35:11

It's just something that some people do. My family has one - it was worn by my grandad (and his) but my dad didn't choose to wear it. My brother does now though. Surely it's just personal taste. I think it's quite nice if it's inherited and has family memories. And if it's not/hasn't it's just an individual choice.

I think being judgmental about it is inverse snobbery - just as bad as 'middle' class people being sniffy about 'working' class accents or anything else.

MissRabbitsCV Mon 16-Dec-13 20:43:20

HanneHolm the red trousers! You have just had DH and I crying with laughter. Love the name too btw.

TheCurseOfTinsel Mon 16-Dec-13 20:45:52

I don't get it.

What is cringey about tradition? Do you wear a wedding ring, OP? That's just tradition too. or do you also sneer at anyone who chooses to wear one?

Dh's family have one. With the family crest on. It's an important (to them, not so much to anyone else wink) bit of family history.

BUt then, they have the right to that family crest.

Contrary to popular belief, there is no such thing as a coat of arms for a fmaily name, in general. they are granted to specific families (or individuals) for particular reasons. so often, when someone is (legitimately) wearing a signet ring with a crest/coat of arms on, it is for a specific reason (or was, in history). Which would be why they want to carry on wearing it, maybe hmm

there are quite complicated rules governing who/what/where/why crests can be worn - it's not as simple as just fancying wearing one, technically. (and generally, people entitled to wear them tend to be interested in genealogy and heraldry, and can spot a fake a mile off)

JassyRadlett Mon 16-Dec-13 20:50:23

The ugly class issues on this thread are making my head hurt. People have different traditions and backgrounds. Get the fuck over it.

Said as an immigrant who'd never wear a signet ring, but who thinks sneering at people they perceive as from a different class is bloody disgusting.

Coats of arms aren't granted to families. They're granted to individuals. You're not allowed to use someone else's coat of arms, even if that person is your family.

Not that it matters, but I think it is a bit daft to pretend it's about genealogy and heraldry. If it's a sentimental bit of jewellery you want to wear, fine, wear it. That's lovely. Go with that as a reason.

Of course, you could also claim you wanted to revive the sumptuary laws and renounce wearing gold or silver or ermine, if historical reenactment takes your fancy.

I have a family crest AND tartan <classy> AND I CAN GET IT PUT ON A MOUSEMAT! <explodes with pride>

WillPenn Mon 16-Dec-13 20:53:16

Definitely with HannahHolm on this one - the red trouser and the signet ring are natural partners in my (extensive) experience.

I think the problem is they are not worn in an unassuming manner - they are part of the "posh" uniform of the entitled.

TheCurseOfTinsel Mon 16-Dec-13 20:54:23

erm, beg to differ.

coats of arms can most definitely be granted to families. I have the actual arms upstairs, stating this.

dexter73 Mon 16-Dec-13 20:54:51

I think I might get a cloak made up from the family tartan and go a bit Braveheart (in Oxfordshire).

TheCurseOfTinsel Mon 16-Dec-13 20:56:46

And I didn't claim it was all about heraldry and genealogy. I said that people who can legitimately wear arms tend to know a bit about genealogy/heraldry (if they do actually wear arms), and so can spot the ones who have got any old crest mocke dup on a bit of jewellery.

Now I want one.

dexter73 Mon 16-Dec-13 20:59:00

Here you go Bill.

thecurse - I think I am right saying that a coat of arms is actually recorded. You're granted the right to bear arms, and you can record what arms you want to bear.

Then, you need to use a difference for different members of the family.

I could be wrong, I guess. What I know about heraldry is the formal stuff, not the Baroness Thatcher/Lord Sugar 'bought a knighthood' stuff.

curse - fair enough, I'm sure you are correct.

Maybe we could have a meeting of the clans dexter? In the mist on a hill somewhere? Wearing our ancestral tartan.

"You can take my freedom, but YOU'LL NEVER TAKE MY BARCLAYCARD"

BeginnerSAHM Mon 16-Dec-13 21:00:50

Just read through some of the posts. 'Raped and pillaged successfully'?! You can't get much more judgmental than that really. I can't even be bothered to explain how our family got their crest (a couple of hundred years ago - nothing to do with anybody I ever knew) and haven't mentioned it to anybody I know actually. My brother is very sweet, normal and self-deprecating and would never wear red trousers. And i wouldn't care if he did. He just loved his grandad and isn't ashamed of his family. I know people post on here anonymously and light heartedly but I am quite surprised at how ignorant and superior some people sound.

Ok, rant over. Will resume only posting on more frivolous fashion and beauty issues...wink

charitygirl Mon 16-Dec-13 21:01:15

Snort. Not a fan. I know it's 'posh' but I do think it looks naff and flash.

That is well classy.

I quite like the wheat sheaf, looks authentically aristocratic (in a land owning way)

Liking the sound of the Oxfordshire Braveheart grin

dexter73 Mon 16-Dec-13 21:03:03

MissBeehiving - I'm there. just tell me where and when! It needs to be in the South though as I'm a soft Southerner and the thought of going further north than Banbury fills me with the fear! Maybe White Horse Hill?

My dad has several pairs of red trousers oh the shame

Maybe they're ancestral too <muses>

AthelstaneTheUnreadyFucker Mon 16-Dec-13 21:04:29

We have a crest. hmm And a shield. hmm

Doesn't mean any more than not having one means. Perhaps 200 years ago, but not now.

We used to have a family seat in Banbury sheltered housing near the coffee factory. Sounds a marvellous venue for a clan up. Lunch at the pub?

stubbs0412 Mon 16-Dec-13 21:07:40

There's a person I'm acquainted with that I soon decided I considered "up her own arse" ..... She wears a signet ring.

TheCurseOfTinsel Mon 16-Dec-13 21:08:35

LRD - not always, although usually, yes (re: right to wear amrs/differnece needed for family members etc) It does depend on what is recorded on the arms, though.

It is not common, I agree. However, it is possible - dh's family are one such family.

BeginnerSAHM Mon 16-Dec-13 21:09:11

...therefore everybody who wears one must be up their own arse. Brilliant reasoning, well done.

dexter73 Mon 16-Dec-13 21:09:42

Definitely sounds like a plan. Entrance to anyone wearing a family tartan or a signet ring with their crest on.

monkeynuts123 Mon 16-Dec-13 21:10:13

Oh god I knew my sister was a twat but she gave her son one of these...crest? Oh F**k off!

Fair enough curse. I'm now curious who your family are! grin

I do think it is unlikely that everyone who claims to have a family crest can be accurate, though, don't you think?

IME the net is filled with people claiming descent from famous historical figures (pretty plausible, actually, given the basic arithmetic of human ancestry), and those same people are the ones who develop immense pride in a heritage, and feel the need for a 'family crest' and 'family coat of arms'. That is harmless enough, but when it becomes a trend and 'tradition' I find it a bit dodgy.

dexter73 Mon 16-Dec-13 21:12:12

Do I go for the ancient or modern tartan for the cloak? I'm quite liking the pink stripe in the modern.

(And btw, before you feel fed up with me, yes, I do reserve most of my irritation for companies that play on people's completely innocent interests in this area. There are shitloads of places that will claim to sell you your 'family crest' or even, who will research your 'ancestral family coat of arms'. hmm It's like the 'name a star' scam but more crap.)

AthelstaneTheUnreadyFucker Mon 16-Dec-13 21:13:43

No tartan though [sad face].

But given we bloody bankrolled your last attempt at freedom, I think we're due an honorary one?

TheCurseOfTinsel Mon 16-Dec-13 21:14:53

grin no one special!

Agree with you re: amount of people who claim to have a family crest. that's what I was (very badly) saying earlier when I mentioned heraldry/genealogy - it is all very specific, and there are a million little pointers to flag up those who feel the need for a family crest, and turn it into a 'new' tradition.

joanofarchitrave Mon 16-Dec-13 21:17:38

DH has one, but it has his initials on it. According to Jilly Cooper this places him in the middle middle class, or in fact me, as I bought it for him.

My secret (and I fully accept, evil) aim was to stop him routinely wearing the signet ring he got from his grandfather aged 21. He never wore it when i first knew him, then I think got a bit 'genealogical' when ds was born and it suddenly started being worn regularly. I would never, ever tell him this but I LOATHE IT. it is a massive great chunk of tiger's eye and looks like a bird shat on his hand. I hope I will adjust to it by the time ds is 21 as dh will inevitably want to give it to him for his 21st birthday and will NOTICE if he doesn't wear it. Hope ds is braver than me if he doesn't like it.

My dh's side of the family all have them. Dh wears his all the time. They were each given them when they turned eighteen.
It's small, subtle and has his initials on it.

And he's never owned a pair of red trousers (except maybe as a toddler)

See now, Jilly Cooper on family crests I would believe. grin

curse - I am irritated about it because my uncle and both his sons wear signet rings with 'family crests'. That side of my family are descended from illiterate Welsh coalminers.

I have no problem with him wanting to be proud of family heritage but I'd love to know what's not good enough about Welsh coalminers that he has to invent this stuff!

dexter a jazzy waistcoat in that stripe so you grin

TheCurseOfTinsel Mon 16-Dec-13 21:26:10

oh, agree absolutely.

I am descended from illiterate yorkshire miners. apparently (according to my father) you can trace our heritage right back to the beginnings of a village which shares our name (c1400). not a distinguished person amongst them, but all just fine in their own right.

I ws hmm at a previous boyfriend who got very close to ordering me a 'family crest' because I was 'always banging on about' family history (as in, had mentioned once or twiceI was interested, and might one day get around to seeing if my dad's claim was true).

I didn't need a crest to validate my feelings about my family. I totally understand why dh wears his though - completely different kettle of fish.

Illiterate miners .... always a good background! grin

TheCurseOfTinsel Mon 16-Dec-13 21:31:35

absolutely grin

although they are probably all spinning in their graves right now, as I have gone to the 'dark side' (ie South grin)

VworpVworp Mon 16-Dec-13 21:31:38

I think, Hanne, you are just well jel, because I doubt v much you could find a crest for your current surname! wink

My father has one. He would be described as umc I suppose.

dexter73 Mon 16-Dec-13 21:33:05

I'm going for the maxi skirt. Great for hogmanay New Year!

Larvely, but apparently it's impossible to wear shoes with confused and the men in that picture appear to have to sit with their legs splayed. Inadvisable in a kilt.

LaFataTurchina Mon 16-Dec-13 21:54:40

I know 2 RL people who wear them, one is a traditional UMC man in his early 20s. He's lovely but a bit of a walking stereotype.

The other is a very posh girl who wears one a little gold chain (no boys in the family!) I think it's quite sweet really.

MooncupGoddess Mon 16-Dec-13 22:01:30

Oh Christ I have one. My granny had them made for my brother and male cousins so I had a massive feminist strop and she had one made for me too.

Worst of all, when I asked my father about the history of the crest he told me that we have no official right to wear it at all, our family come from humble stock but when they started going up in the world in the 18th century they pinched the crest from an unrelated much grander family of the same name blush

HanneHolm Mon 16-Dec-13 22:07:29

Oh god. Bin it. It's as bad as a pandora.

HanneHolm Mon 16-Dec-13 22:08:36

Vwlrop I bet. Rl surname is bastardisation to hide turn of the century war crimes apparently. IKR

dexter73 Mon 16-Dec-13 22:09:57

Hanne - I'm not surprised you don't like crests as yours is a bit lairy!

dexter73 Mon 16-Dec-13 22:12:22

Fide sed cui vide - Trust but watch whom you trust

A good motto!

yah Wig - but they're not all aristocracy innit.

FWIW pretty much every man I've met (quite a few) that wore a signet ring was an emotional retard probably arrested emotional development thanks to being sent to boarding school at the age of 6. They are best avoided IMHO smile.

lurkingaround Mon 16-Dec-13 22:28:31

I see Richard E Grant on Liberty, channel4, sporting a signet ring, left hand. <intelligent contribution to thread> hmm

gwenniebee Mon 16-Dec-13 22:30:06

Wow. Some serious attitudes here.

Well, when mine is mended I shall continue to wear it in the same way as I wear my wedding and engagement rings (ie just normally and not "assumingly" (assuming that is the opposite of "unassuming")). My brother also wears my grandfather's ring. He's in the army and I'm a teacher (in the state sector, FWIW) so we're neither of us exactly rolling in it/entitled or any of the other massively wayward judgements made here.

I thought pinkie rings were worn by old-school gangsters.
Just google Krays and pinkie rings.

minipie Mon 16-Dec-13 22:39:19

I know a few quite posh people who wear them, including a woman or two (only when no sons to hand it down to mind you).

I don't like them. Can't quite articulate why, but it's similar to the old school tie - it smells of wanting to show you are a member of some sort of exclusive class based club to other members of that club. it's also very patriarchal - as if the only important thing about you, or at least the most important thing, is who your father was. No thanks.

Bunbaker Mon 16-Dec-13 22:45:31

"My parents in law believe that it is a sign of homosexuality. No joke!"

I'm sure they do. That was a popularly held opinion in the 1970s.

During the Victorian era, both single men and women uninterested in pursuing marriage could wear a ring on the little finger of their left hand. And in the 1950s and 1950s these rings became a self-identifying symbol in the gay community.

squoosh Mon 16-Dec-13 22:55:56

Pinky rings aren't posh enough for me. I'm not confident in my gentleman caller's posh credentials unless he has a Prince Albert with attached chain to keep his well bred member flush beneath his breeches. The sign of a true gentleman I'm sure you'll agree.

I don't see anything wrong with signet rings. There's nice ones and not nice ones.

Find one that suits your hand, as with anything, and you'll be fine.

And don't give a stuff what anyone else thinks about your jewellery. It's yours. Noone else's.

I say that as a jeweller and purveyor of good taste wink

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Tue 17-Dec-13 01:49:10

Our "family crest" has 3 cut off heads dripping with blood on it! Lovely, eh? grin

You're such a goth Schro!

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Tue 17-Dec-13 01:56:08


I'm actually lost for words. That's probably the worst coat of arms I've ever seen. Congratulations?!

Mine is a raincloud. I'm basically a care bear.

SchroSawMummyRidingSantaClaus Tue 17-Dec-13 02:01:04

It definitely is the worst coat of arms (I hope you can't get much worse than that anyway!) Wiki says there is also a stripped skull and leg bones on it as well but I can't see them? confused

Jealous of your raincloud one, that actually sounds pretty. sad

MyMILisfromHELL Tue 17-Dec-13 08:02:03

My Grandad wore one. He was upper middle class. I'm lower middle class, however.

diplodocus Tue 17-Dec-13 10:03:19

That is....individual, Schro. But as it's currently unavailable, there's must have been a run on them from somewhere.

prettykedi Tue 17-Dec-13 11:37:07

We have a family crest. Me and my sisters all wear signet rings with it on. It comes from my maternal grandfather's side of the family, who were Irish. Maternal grandfather was upper middle class. I'm working class.

RonaldMcDonald Tue 17-Dec-13 14:38:57

I had one. I think it depends on you as a person. I wasn't even be arsed to wear my wedding and engagement rings when i was the signet thing really is old.
I got mine when i was 21 as all the women in the family did

Damnautocorrect Tue 17-Dec-13 18:32:37

Oh oh oh My maternal side have a tartan, can I jump on the band wagon wear it?

Gatekeeper Tue 17-Dec-13 18:56:06

I am dripping in tartans <pulls out sword>and fambly crests as am git cultered. There is nothing wrong with signet ring wearing I tell you

I did snigger at some gadgie wearing red breeks today though

I have strong drink taken ^ oh dearrr^

Gatekeeper Tue 17-Dec-13 18:59:54

"NEVER BEHIND" !! apologies but have been to a bit of a do and am merry

Damnautocorrect Wed 18-Dec-13 17:16:09

Oh no just found out I do have a coat of arms, super sad my ds doesn't have my surname. But his dads shit means nothing one. Hurmph

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