A ribbon, or riband, is a long narrow strip of silk, linen, &c. Though the ribbon had at one time been used as a charge in its own right in Society heraldry, the practice is now disallowed. Ribbons may still be used, however, in conjunction with another charge: e.g., as the decoration on a chaplet.
Sometimes the term “riband” was used to mean a diminutive of the bend by 19th Century heraldic writers, but it is more often used in its normal sense; and always so in Society heraldry. For related charges, see escroll.
The Gyllene bandets orden, of Nordmark, bears: A ribbon Or.
Aegina de Spencer bears: Gules, a mascle of two ribbons entwined, two ends pendant from chief Or, thereon in cross four sunflowers proper.