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Secret Behind The Signet Ring: Why Prince Charles Has Been Wearing An Original Design Ring On His Pinkie For Nearly 30 Years

Date August 6, 2018 09:36

Even though every lady in the British royal family surely has her own collection of jewelry and on special occasions each of them can borrow precious accessories from Elizabeth II herself, there are at least two objects they hardly ever part with. First, magnificent engagement rings, and second, simpler classic bands of yellow welsh gold. As for the male members of the royal family, their attitude to the jewelry is far more commonplace.

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Just before Prince Harry’s wedding the public attention got drawn to the fact that Harry’s brother William, unlike his wife Kate, wasn’t wearing his wedding ring. The admirers of the monarchs started wondering why, and if the youngest child of Lady Diana was going to follow his example.

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The explanation was very simple: Duke of Cambridge is absolutely indifferent to jewelry and doesn’t feel the need to wear the wedding ring. And there is some sense to it - everybody knows that he is married to a woman beautiful in every respect and raising three kids with her. Besides, Prince Philip, Elizabeth’s husband, was not a fan of jewelry worn by men either, especially military officers, such as himself.

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As for Duke of Sussex, he keeps wearing his engagement ring, thus violating one of the family traditions.

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Looking back, one can remember that Prince Charles’s ring finger has rarely been adorned with the neat golden band. However, for nearly 30 years he has almost never parted with a ring of yellow gold he is wearing on his pinkie.

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As for the engagement ring: after marrying Camilla Parker Bowles he almost always wears it together with the signet ring on the same finger. What is so special about it?

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As a matter of fact, it’s neither a fashion statement, nor a whim. The signet ring, typically worn by men on the smallest finger, is also called the “gentleman’s ring”. With it aristocracy used to distinguish themselves and emphasize their noble birth, high status, and also honored their own families and demonstrated eagerness to preserve their heritage. It is not uncommon for a signet ring to have an inscription symbolizing the family’s philosophy or the owner’s motto.

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This ring is already 180 years old, and through generations it’s been passed from a Prince of Wales to a successor of the title. Its previous owner was Charles’s uncle, Edward VIII, notorious for his abdication for the sake of marrying a divorced American.

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It’s not a coincidence that there is a family seal on the signet ring. Earlier down the history it was the ring that was used to sign official letters and appeals, as well as to symbolize power and strength – here’s why the aristocracy has kept this type of jewelry extra-safe.

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In recent years these signets have lost their original purpose and hidden meaning, and with ever expanding range of designs women started to wear them too. Moreover, some are particularly designed to be purchased as an investment.

In different times there have been different views on signet rings. Although models offered by modern designers lack rich history of the antiques, now there are ones that go with earrings, which ladies will definitely appreciate.

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