This magnificent MacDonald Clan Crest signet ring bears the motto `PER MARE PER TERRAS (`by sea and by land'); the crest shows a crown from which a hand in armour is holding a cross. The wide band is polished and smooth, gently tapering from the face towards the back.
There are many spelling variations for the Clan MacDonald family surname. Mac and Mc are interchangeable (Mac in Gaelic means "son of"). Included are families (known as Septs) with different surnames from the original Clan name. Throughout the centuries, surnames have continued to `develop', often leading to astonishing variants of the original MacDonald spelling.
The MacDonald Clan Crest, which all members are entitled to wear when the crest badge is encircled by a belt and buckle, is from the crest on the top of the Clan Donald Chief’s Coat of Arms. The complete MacDonald Coat of Arms is displayed only by the Clan Chief and passes down directly to their heir. The wearing of your Clan MacDonald Chief’s Crest badge is a way of honoring your Chief, your Clan association and your Scottish Family Ancestry.