Seal of approval

© Written by Rachael Taylor for Rapaport

Once a hallmark of the upper crust, signet rings have become democratised and are now signifiers of an allegiance to fashion rather than family tree.

Worn on the pinky by both men and women, these gender-neutral adornments deliver a look that is at once insouciant and considered. In place of traditional crests, today’s signet rings sport simple initials or modern talismans, such as star signs.

Gemstones play a key role, with diamonds outlining where an onyx slice might once have gone, or completely smothering the gold, reawakening the signet ring’s original role as a symbol of wealth and influence.

 

This story was originally published in the May 2018 issue of Rapaport magazine. Continue reading to see layouts and download a full-sized PDF of the feature and front cover. (Main image: Rebecca Notkin)

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DOWNLOAD: Rapaport magazine May 2018 Jewelry Connoisseur

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DOWNLOAD: Rapaport magazine May 2018 front cover

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