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

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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?

OneLittleLady Mon 16-Dec-13 11:07:52

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

OneLittleLady Mon 16-Dec-13 11:09:38

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.

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