Diamonds / Gold

7 Signet Rings That Prove There’s Power in the Pinky


Traditionally, signet rings were made with the crest, coat of arms, or other design exclusive to royal and noble families. Acting as both a seal and signature, they were worn on the pinky to easily stamp into hot wax and authenticate documents. The rings were considered so personal and important that they were often destroyed when their wearer died.

Today, the signet ring doesn’t carry so much weight in business relations or politics, but it’s equally as important as a contemporary means of self-expression and for some—an all-new type of signature. While many are still engraved, others are going even bigger and bolder with oversized stones and vibrant colors. Nina Runsdorf’s All That Is iteration, for example, features a 3.07 ct. round brilliant-cut diamond set in layers of 18k yellow and white gold and hand-painted blackened rhodium, while Brent Neale’s carved turquoise signet ring splashes the expression “This Too Shall Pass” in a playful swirl pattern across its front.

Below, we’ve rounded up some of the most statement-making signet rings that prove that there’s power in the pinky.

David Yurman ring
Chevron pinky ring in 18k yellow gold with 1.11 cts. t.w. pavé diamonds, $4,950; David Yurman
Retrouvai ring
Tiered Fantasy Flying Pig signet in 14k yellow gold, $1,440; Retrouvaí
Marrow ring
Crescent Moon signet ring in 14k yellow gold with 0.1 ct. t.w. diamonds, $2,350; Marrow
Ferian ring
Wedgwood Blue Stubbs Horse Square signet ring in 9k gold with a vintage Wedgwood cameo, $757; Ferian
Nina Runsdorf ring
All That Is pinky ring (also shown at top) in 18k yellow and white gold and hand-painted blackened rhodium with a 3.07 ct. round brilliant-cut diamond, price on request; Nina Runsdorf
Arielle Ratner ring
Power Pinky ring in 14k yellow gold with a 4.39 ct. golden tourmaline, $3,600; Arielle Ratner
Brent Neale ring
This Too Shall Pass carved stone signet ring in 18k yellow gold with turquoise, $7,800; Brent Neale

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By: Annie Davidson Watson

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