Women’s Signet Rings – Which Finger and Why

Signet rings have a colourful past, often steeped in traditions from an era that was very male-orientated. Thankfully, we can look back at the past but cut ties with things that no longer seem relevant, especially when it comes to our style and taste in jewellery. The revival of the signet ring has been trending across social and print media over the last few years. And one of the most prominent buyers and proud wearers of gold signet rings are women.

There’s a lot of discussions on the correct finger for men to wear their signet ring. So, is there also a similar etiquette for women on how to wear a signet ring?

Which is the Correct Finger for a Women’s Signet Ring?

In a historical sense, signet rings were worn by men only, often for signatory purposes, as the name suggests. Fortunately, these customs are a thing for yesteryear, and signet rings have taken on a completely different function. Essentially, women don’t have to worry about the traditions that people might associate with owning a signet ring.

While we can manoeuvre around conventions, people still tend to look for advice on how to wear their signet ring. The typical recommendation for how women should wear a signet ring usually follows a similar principle that covers both genders. It’s often worn on the pinkie finger on the non-dominant hand, so, if you’re right-handed, the signet ring goes on the left pinkie, and vice versa.

Another thing that comes up frequently when discussing how to wear a female signet ring is to avoid the fourth finger of either hand. This is a tradition that transcends the concept of modernity, and people save this finger for engagement and marriage. Although this shouldn’t put anyone off doing so if it feels right for you. 

It’s All About You – Choose the Precious Metal and Style –

Now that you have an idea of what finger you’re thinking of displaying your signet ring on, it’s time to consider what style you might choose. And what better way to do this than to provide a recent case study from one of our clients.

A London businesswoman recently made an appointment with us to discuss a signet ring design she was considering. Although still a relatively new enterprise, her business enjoys year-on-year growth and is highly respected within its industry. She was looking for something that could represent prosperity, longevity and style, and a ladies’ signet ring embodies each point.

She was looking for a piece that had some of the traditional aspects one might associate with a signet ring, but with a contemporary difference. That’s where the idea of using a modern precious metal and a more contemporary style design of signet ring came about.

Her chosen signet ring used rose gold, which has a pink hue, the colour is derived from the presence of copper in the alloy, creating a flattering colour for many skin tones. The next choice was to use a cushion shape signet ring, with her company’s logo as a crest. And on the back on the ring, we made another personal engraving of the date the business began.

The result was a stunning piece of bespoke jewellery that will last a lifetime, signifying her personal achievements and embodying her own unique taste.

Hancocks – London’s Number One Producer of Women’s Signet Rings –

The signet ring’s bygone use was once the sole ownership of men, which is thankfully something we can consign to the history books. Women’s gold signet rings are amongst the most popular selling pieces of jewellery every year. Since there’s less link to the past, it’s easier to come up with contemporary ways to wear them.

Regardless of what finger you choose to go with, it’s the quality of the signet ring that will grab people’s attention and ensure you have a ring to be passed down through generations. Hancocks are master producers of women’s signet rings; each one is hand-crafted by jewellers who have a lifetime’s worth of expertise. Our passion for creating unique and stunning jewellery shines through in every signet ring we produce.

If you’d like to arrange an appointment to discuss our range of women’s signet rings, please contact us today. We have an exceptional combination of precious metals and design to create you your unique signet ring.