Authentic Coats of Arms & Treasures

How To Properly Use Your Coat Of Arms

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Fine Legacy is on a mission to help people create a coat of arms for their family. We aim to achieve the best possible customer service satisfaction, which not only means educating people about what a coat of arms really is, but also walking them through the step-by-step process of choosing elements for their unique coat of arms commission.

People are often surprised that creating a coat of arms with Fine Legacy is such an in-depth process. Unlike the people selling coats of arms at the mall or via online DIY creation tools, we’re dedicated to helping people understand both the history and purpose of coats of arms, helping them to create a legacy that can be a point of pride for their family members.

Part of that is educating people on how they can properly use their coats of arms after they’re created. You might be surprised to learn that there are rules of etiquette governing this sort of thing!

Using Your Coat Of Arms Isn’t As Simple As You May Think

Creating a coat of arms continues a centuries-old tradition and should not be taken lightly. The same goes for using your coat of arms, which heraldic etiquette dictates should never occur in a casual manner. There are also some restrictions on which family members can wield the coat of arms, which however outdated, are still worthy of note.

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Ways You MAY Use Your Coat Of Arms

  • It is appropriate to use the coat of arms created through Fine Legacy in the following ways:
  • Engraved or embossed on wedding invitations, birth and death announcements, or other formal familial correspondence IF the father’s family bears the coat of arms and his name appears on the documents.
  • Engraved or embossed on place cards or menu cards for a formal dinner hosted by the family who owns the crest.
  • Engraved on large pieces of silver servingware.
  • Painted (or these days, printed), framed and hung on the wall for decoration.
  • A lozenge (diamond-shaped version of the shield) may be engraved or emblazoned on a woman’s personal possessions such as a handkerchief, dressing-table accessories, or writing paper (the coat of arms would traditionally belong to her father or husband).

Ways You MAY NOT Use Your Coat Of Arms

There are few hard and fast rules about what you can’t do with your coat of arms, especially in these modern times, but rest assured, if you make a faux pas, purists won’t hesitate to tell you about it. Although there’s no such thing as the “coat of arms police” the best rule of thumb is to only use your coat of arms in formal situations that involve your family directly.

Want to get starting creating your own coat of arms? Contact Fine Legacy today. We’ll let you know all the documentation and information that’s needed for the design process to begin. Also, don’t forget that we have a full selection of formal “treasures” on which your coat of arms can be beautifully displayed. These include works of art, timepieces, and signet rings.

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