Signet ring

White jeans Escada, similar - Burgundy blouse with tassel scarf Gucci, similar 

Grey bag, similar - Butterfly print heels Nine West , here flat version 

Vintage onyx and gold signet ring, here similar in with coral stone

I've had this men's vintage signet ring for over fifteen years. It's actually a man's ring, originally meant to be worn on the small finger of the non dominant hand, which is why it fits my 5 1/2 size finger.

Signet rings were meant to signalize power. They were first found in tombs in Egypt, as a lot of other jewelry was, Egyptians had a thing for bling. In Roman times, the bigger the ring, well the more power and influence you had. 
Besides showing power of the wearer, signet rings were carved and doubled as wax seals for important documents. 
Signet rings would usually have carving on metal or certain stones such as onyx, carnelian or sardonyx, these stones are anti-adhesive which made it easier to serve as a wax seal. 
The carving on the metal or stone could range from scarab beetles, family crest, gods, animals, mythical creatures or basic initials

While my onyx version has no carvings, it still fits the "large oval face, flat surface" definition of signet rings. 

Had you heard of signet rings? 

Linking to Shelbee's + Straight A Style

More on signet ring history here.


Mica said...

I think it looks great on you! I know of them but I didn't know the history behind them, that's really interesting! :)

Hope your week is going well :)

Away From The Blue

backinstyle said...

Love this chic top with the scarf tie. It is a gorgeous color on you, too! And what a wonderful vintage signet ring. I have a few signet and initial pieces but didn't know they had such a rich and interesting history. Thanks for sharing!

Sheila said...

I love this colour on you too. Your signet ring is very cool - they were hugely trendy in the 60s/70s for men. I have my dad's. :)

Gemma said...

Love the outfit and such an interesting post! Have a great week.

Gemma x