The word itself already helps us learn a lot about the history of the signet ring . The use of the term "signet" or "seal", from the Latin “sigillum” ("seal"), diminutive of signum ("sign") dates back at least to the second half of the thirteenth century, when the signet ring was yet a "small seal used for formal or official purposes", ie a substitute for a signature on official documents in a time when few people could write. But the story of the signet ring is very old. Indeed, men have been wearing them for thousands of years. Their first use seems to date back to ancient Egypt, more than 4,000 years ago.
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