Signet rings began out as essentially the most formal piece of bijou possible, impressed on wax seals as a stamp of authority or carved with imposing crests to sign heraldry and sophistication. Today’s variations are rather more frivolous — however simply as private.
“Gone are the times of custom…nonetheless, what we’re left with is a hoop steeped in symbolism and a approach to characterize our family members,” says Cece Fein Hughes of Cece Jewellery. “The giant clean canvas of a signet ring gives up a lot area for storytelling, which I consider the world is craving throughout these unsure instances.”
Fein Hughes takes the canvas description actually, utilizing enamels to color tiny, whimsical scenes — usually extremely private to her shoppers — onto her gold signets.
Katherine Jetter’s new assortment, Lady of the Rings, swaps ancestry for friendship. The seven gold rings have etched designs inside a body of baguette diamonds to represent the completely different personalities amongst teams of girls, such because the seductive-but-deadly siren and the straight-shooting archer.
Other quirky designs embody Roxanne First’s smiley signet, which may be flipped to speak a cheerful or unhappy temper, and Alison Lou’s CeLoubration pinky rings with tongue-in-cheek pictograms symbolizing love. Whether they’re wild or just sport a splash of shade or an ostentatious flash of diamond pavé, trendy genderless signet rings are jubilant pledges of allegiance to ourselves.
Main picture: Sailor’s Superstition Ring by CeCe Jewellery, in 18-karat yellow gold with enamel (CeCe Jewellery)