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MODERN HEIRLOOM

I have an interesting relationship with jewellery. I don’t own a lot of it, but the pieces I wear all have very specific meanings to me. I have mismatched earrings that line my ears (a 7 for the number of people in my family and my birth month, a diamond eye for protection etc.). My engagement ring features crescent moons and so does a small chain bracelet I own (a sentiment from my husband because of a common saying we use with each other)…

It’s pretty rare that I will wear a trend item. I love solid gold pieces that I don’t have to worry about taking off because I know they’ll be safe to sleep, sweat, and swim in.
Better yet, I love previously owned items (I have a few rings from my Grandma that are very dear to my heart). I don’t buy too many pieces for myself, unless I have gifted money from a birthday or holiday and can say it’s from someone else…

I don’t know why that matters to me, possibly because then each piece will remind me of someone I love. I’m sentimental, what can I say?!

Newest to my modest collection is the loyalty signet ring from bluboho, a Toronto based company that I have loved for years. Signets have been around for centuries and were originally worn by businessmen to seal important documents. The signet rings (traditionally worn on the pinkie finger) would be engraved with their family crests and were dipped in hot wax before being used to print a signature.

Signets are quite common these days, though I doubt many people know the history behind them. They are now sold as women’s jewellery (not exclusive to men anymore) and typically have the option of leaving blank or adding an engraving. I chose to include my initial “B”, which is also the initial of my husbands last name.

Do you wear a signet ring? Did you know the history behind it?

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