Signet rings were originally worn by aristocratic persons to create an embossing in wax on documents or written correspondence. It was usually worn by men who wore the ring with the family crest. These gentlemen’s rings were not worn by the women in the family.
Today, however, both men and women wear signet jewelry. When these rings were first worn in 3500 B.C. through to the 18th century, they were worn on the baby fingers of men to seal documents and as a status symbol. Today, wearing these rings are as a tribute to the college, fraternity, or society to which the person belongs.
In the present, women are frequently seen wearing rings with signets like the men of old. Actors, noble women, and women of notoriety are often seen wearing them. The signet can be engraved with a crest, monogram, or meaningful symbol on a round, an Oxford, a bulbous oval, a straight oval, and an octagon shaped piece of metal.