What do you do if you’re a sultan but you can’t sign your name? Well, you have your court calligrapher create a tughra for you. What’s that you ask? Well, similar to the coat of arms and the monogram (which came into being several hundred years after that) the tughra was a seal or signature, if you will and used in your official correspondence and decrees. Nowadays only folks like Mr V. Putin and other tyrannical figures use them but we don’t think you have to be tyrannical to wear one – like this lovely tughra style ring, for example.
What We Love About It: We love the flourishes and swoops that make up the main figure. And the enamel work and the faux-pearl in the center are quite lovely too. We like the play on the modern day monogram, without being quite so blatant.
The Deets: This particular tughra style ring is modeled in 8kt yellow gold (but could actually be 9kt), with totally intact black enamel throughout and one faux pearl in the center. It’s currently a size 5 US but could be sized by our jeweler (the option for such is in the above) or by yours. It weights in at 2.4dwt and the face of the ring is 15mm x 20mm.
Are you feeling like the Sultan of your own abode? Looking for something for a new take on the standard signet ring? We vote tughra and that’s so not tyrannical.