The history of Military Signet Rings
The Romans probably got it from the Spartan warriors.
Most of the Roman signet rings reflect Egyptian, Etruscan, Greek, and Oriental influences.
A sign of honor, signet rings were often massive,
making it difficult to wear them. Rings denoted one’s social standing.
It was considered a privilege to wear a signet ring,
but it was often reserved for those who served with distinction in the military.
Eventually, this type of ring would be bestowed more freely,
but still was a mark of dignity and often used as an important seal.
Roman custom was to remove a ring from the finger of those who had died,
but there was also a bit of superstition surrounding signet rings, too.
For example, if the ring was removed, then there was a chance of bad luck and tidings.
The custom was to only wear one ring, but as the popularity of signet rings grew,
so did the number of rings that were worn.
Crass-us, a powerful Roman politician wore two rings. Horace, a Roman satirist and poet, wore three rings.
This provoked much debated at first, as altering custom was usually not taken very well in the Roman society.
The shape and size of signet rings could vary. The top of the ring could be raised, cusped, or ridged.
More elaborate versions, with filigree and fretwork would become popular.
Circular and octagonal rings were done in solid metal. Sometimes,
the shank of the ring would have precious or semi-precious stones.
Romans used mostly emeralds, sapphires, or garnets, but diamonds and
amethysts were reserved for the most noble and prominent of men.
Signet rings were used to validate serious legal documents in Roman times.
Cicero and Pliny both state that signet rings were eventually worn on the little finger.
It served as a man’s signature. Julius Caesar wore one with Venus on it.
Augustus has several signet rings featuring a sphinx, the image of Alexander the Great, and
finally one with his own image.
Through the following centuries, the signet ring would once again become a sign of military strength,
finding its way throughout the rest of Europe, to Asia, and eventually to the United States.
Military signet rings in the United States would feature the seal of the branch of military
that the person served in.
It would be handmade, with a raised seal and quite exceptional.
Today, the military signet ring still stands for honor, duty, and pride. The styles of signet rings vary,
as do the precious metals used to create them. The sides of the signet ring are often engraved
with military images or emblems.
The inside of the band can be engraved with a short message,
initials, or an important date. These military signet rings can
be ordered online and shipped just about anywhere in the world.
Each ring is custom made by some of the finest craftsmen in the world.
If you want to show your appreciation for a loved one’s service,
then consider giving a military signet ring. It’s sure to become an honored treasure.
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