Pinky Rings: A Little Bit of History
Men's pinky rings as a symbol of status and wealth date back to the days of the Roman Empire. Noted in the "Naturalis Historia," by the Roman philosopher and naturalist Pliny, the Elder, is that some Romans wore all their rings on the little finger.
While other Romans only wore one pinky ring, especially nobles, as a status showcase. The implication behind wearing mens small pinky rings was to show off one's wealth at home by wearing a humble piece when outside.
In Egypt, pinky rings were incredibly personal to the wearer, from pharaohs to nobles, men, and women. Pinky rings in Egypt often were inscribed with the owner's name.
Sometimes, the pinky rings were so deeply personal to the wearer that the family destroyed them when they died. This was done to avoid forgery.
Aristocracy and marriage
During the Victorian era, mens decorative rings, notably signet rings with family crests worn on the little finger, were popular among royals. In the same period in Germany, it was traditional for men to wear wedding bands on their pinky.
The same tradition became common among married men in England. Interestingly, men uninterested in marriage also adopted the pinky ring. In both cases, the pinky rings indicated the wearer was not searching for a bride.
Pinky Rings: Design, Style, and Tips on Choosing the Right Size
Pinky rings are available in various styles and sizes, especially today, as they are popular among men and women. Pinky ring styles are versatile as they attract attention, whether statement signets or simple bands.
Some of the pinky ring types include:
- Vintage pinky rings - They are often family heirlooms passed down through generations.
- Simple bands - These pinky ring styles are great for those with minimalist styles and who do not like wearing big pieces. For example, with their unique yet minimalist design, our Coyote Bone Ring or the Rya Ring are great choices for minimalist styles.
- Different metals - Pinky rings can be made from different metals, like silver, gold, brass, mixed metal, etc.
- Statement pinky rings - Statement rings usually have bolder and chunkier designs. They complement individuals with bolder personalities that like to be the center of attention.
- Pinky rings with gemstones - Regarding gemstones, you can buy a pinky ring with diamonds, or if you like colorful stones, there are onyx, turquoise, etc., pinky rings.
- Skull pinky rings - Skull pinky rings are great for rockers and bikers. You can easily show off your tastes and preferences with a skull ring.
- Signet rings - These rings are not always inscribed with family crests. Signet rings may also feature intricate designs that you like or are custom-made for you. There are also simpler signet ring designs for those with minimalistic styles.
Choosing the Right Pinky Ring Size
You must know your finger's size when purchasing rings, especially when ordering online. You can consult our ring size chart to find your size.
Remember that when choosing the right ring size for your pinky finger, you must pick the exact size. The ring should fit as snugly as possible without being too tight.
Some tips to consider when choosing your little finger's size are the following:
- Ask a local jeweler to measure your ring size.
- Buy a ring sizer tool.
- Measure your ring size at room temperature for accuracy.
- Measure the diameter of a pinky ring you already own.
- Measure your finger size with a paper strip.
Pinky Rings and Fashion Styles
Pinky rings are a great way to elevate your outfit. Plus, there are many ways that you can style a men's and women’s pinky ring.
Simplicity leads to elegance
Making a statement does not always mean wearing the biggest or the most rings you can find. For example, if you have a more classic clothing style, a single signet pinky ring for women paired with a chain from the same metal leads to a sophisticated yet fun look.
The minimalist approach to rings also works for formal events. Suppose you are attending a wedding, a single pinky finger ring is all you need to complete your outfit. This is especially true for men.
Nonetheless, the minimalistic approach also works for women that do not like wearing a lot of jewelry. Pinky rings are great for daily wear with any outfit, whether formal or not.
Fun with colors
Those with bubbly and expressive personalities can show off their creative side by wearing colorful or pinky rings with intricate designs. You can stack two pinky rings like a simple band and a signet with a colorful stone.
Moreover, you can wear rings on more fingers. If you attend a formal event, you can wear rings made from the same material for a more elegant look that matches the occasion.
Another way to elevate an outfit you feel is dull is by adding several rings with different patterns and gemstones.
Pinky Rings Materials
Jewelers handcraft pinky rings from various materials, including silver, sterling silver, gold, platinum, and brass. The materials also determine the price of the rings; there are cheap pinky rings and women's and mens expensive rings.
We make our pinky with the highest quality materials:
- Sterling silver
- Mixed metals
Gold pinky ring
Gold pinky rings are usually the most expensive option due to the high price of gold. For example, if you want to purchase a 14k gold pinky ring men's or women's pieces, you should be ready to spend more.
As a cheaper gold option, there are some high-quality gold-plated pieces.
Silver and sterling silver pinky ring
Pure silver (99%) is too soft and malleable, meaning it is difficult to work with. This is why most manufacturers prefer to work with sterling silver. Silver jewelry is more prone to damage and may lose shape due to its softness.
In comparison, sterling silver is highly durable, and people often prefer the look of sterling silver jewelry to pure silver despite being cheaper. Still, it is important to note that sterling silver contains a high amount of silver, 92.5%.
The rest 7.5% of sterling silver comprises other metals, usually copper, which gives it durability. Real sterling silver pinky rings will have the mark 925 on the inside.
Brass pinky ring
Brass pinky rings are usually the most affordable while maintaining high quality. Brass is durable and affordable material as it is readily available. But remember that brass is not hypoallergenic.
So, if you have sensitive skin, it is better to get sterling silver or gold pinky rings.
Pinky Rings Gemstones
Jewelers use various gemstones for pinky rings, including onyx, citrine, amethyst, turquoise, aquamarine, opal, tiger eye stone, etc. Regarding gemstones, customers get an array of colors to choose from. If you want to spend more, you can even buy a pinky ring with a diamond.
You can even check your birthstone and purchase a pinky ring with the gemstone. Or, you can choose a gemstone in your favorite color; as long as you like it, there is no need for deeper meaning.
Taking Care of Pinky Rings
No matter what material your pinky rings are made of, it is important to know how to take care of them. You can read a detailed guide on how to take care of your gold, silver, and brass jewelry on our blog.
Each material requires its own proper care to prolong the life of your pinky rings. However, if you do not want to clean the rings, take them to a professional jeweler that provides cleaning services.
Besides cleaning, you should also properly store your jewelry. The following tips are for jewelry storage:
- Clean your rings before storing them away.
- Store your pinky rings in airtight boxes.
- Wrap the pinky rings in a soft cloth (cotton or muslin).
- Store different types of jewelry separately.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I determine my pinky ring size?
You can easily determine your ring finger size by using a ring sizer or having it measured by a professional jeweler. You can also use our ring size chart to determine your size.
Are pinky rings suitable for men and women?
Today pinky rings are worn by both women and men. Nevertheless, some designs tend to lean towards a certain gender.
For example, a pinky ring with diamonds is unlikely to be worn by men, so it is seen as more feminine. On the other side, signet rings are seen as more masculine.
How do I clean and care for my pinky ring?
Are pinky rings considered formal or casual jewelry?
You can wear pinky rings based on your preference. But if you are looking for a pinky ring specifically for a formal occasion, choose a more elegant style like a signet or a gemstone pinky ring.
Can I wear a pinky ring with other rings?
If you want to achieve a bolder look, you can wear mixed metal pinky rings. Another way to wear a pinky ring is by putting simpler rings on your other rings to help you achieve a cohesive and elegant look.
Are pinky rings adjustable or resizable?
Depending if your pinky ring is chunkier or has a simpler design, it may affect resizing. Also, if your ring is larger on your finger, it may be easier to resize than a smaller ring. However, it is best to consult a local jeweler and ask for their recommendation.
Are there any cultural or religious considerations when wearing a pinky ring?
When wearing jewelry, it is important to be mindful and respectful of cultural and religious differences. Regarding pinky rings, they do not have strong connections to any religion.
Nonetheless, they connect to the mythological Roman god Mercury in the art of palmistry.
Can I find vintage or antique pinky rings?
Our handcrafted pinky rings have a vintage design with an air of antiquity. This is another thing that sets our jewelry apart from other manufacturers.
Are there any celebrities or historical figures known for wearing pinky rings?
Notable historical and art figures that preferred wearing pinky rings include Queen Elizabeth I, Queen Victoria, and Oscar Wilde. From the 20th century, notable are the rat pack, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr., for always wearing pinky rings.
Can I wear a pinky ring as a wedding or engagement ring?
Today, the ring finger (the finger next to the pinky) is where most wear engagement and wedding bands. But in some cultures, pinky rings were worn as wedding rings. So, it depends on your preferences. Do it if you want to wear a pinky ring as a wedding band.