1 a: the act of taking on or displaying an attitude or mode of behavior not natural to oneself or not genuinely felt b: speech or conduct not natural to oneself : artificiality
2 obsolete : a striving after
synonyms: see Pose
If you don't think it applies to you then nae bother... but I say that it does apply to some people with signet rings. Feck it, if they want to wear signet rings they can go ahead and knock themselves out. Have one on each finger and thumb. Its their right. Its also my right to consider them an affected *. A breed of Walt.
'Fraid I wear a signet ring because thanks to some bloody nuisances called Cromwell and William of Orange, and Gallowglass grandpere's propensity for gambling, wenching (allegedly), and hare-brained schemes, it's the only tangible part of my family heritage left to me ....that, and the overdraft I'm told I stand to inherit
Generally if someone draws attention to the fact that they're wearing one, they probably aren't entitled to do so - there are actually 'groups' on that facebook whatsit dedicated to those parvenus who wear signet rings...have to be seen to be believed
I was given my signet ring for my 21st birthday and despite various very drunken escapades I still have it 20+ years later (much to my surprise). If I have the funds, I will give a signet ring to my sons on their 21st.
I would concur with Gallowglass in that if you need to announce it to all and sundry then something is not quite right. I think the most apt word is discrete when it comes to the ring and the wearing of it.
By entitled I think Gallowglass means that any heraldic design (crest or shield) on the ring has to have been granted to you* or your ancestor by the proper heraldic authorities. Googling for your surname and picking the coat of arms listed by various commercial websites for your ring would, strictly speaking, be a no-no.
* As a commissioned officer in HM Forces you meet the requirements for a grant of a coat of arms. However, you do need about Â£4K for the fees.
Doesn't posting the fact that you wear one; on an internet site viewed by hundreds of thousands of people, constitute drawing attention to oneself?
By all means, feel free to wear signet rings, cravats and even plus fours if you so wish, but don't be surprised when us plebs treat you as a source of amusement.