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The history of signet rings

Signet rings are ornamental rings, usually worn by men, which are engraved with a personal design or seal. Each individual ring is instilled with the heritage of the wearer, and those who wore the piece before them. Signet rings are now common across many cultures, but they originated in Ancient Egypt, where they were used in place of the modern written signature.

As time went on, signet rings formed a strong association with English heritage, used to seal important warrants and documents by leaders of the time. However, they because increasingly common over the years, and by the 17th century they were popular across Europe, both as a outward sign of distinction and an instrument with which to seal less formal documents, such as letters, with a personal touch.

Nowadays, signet rings are not often used as seals, but rather as personal statements, often engraved with a family crest, initials, or personally significant symbol. Classic signet rings are crafted from traditional yellow gold, but thanks to contemporary developments they can also be studded with gemstones or crafted from alternative precious metals.

If you’d like to invest in a signet ring of your own, why not pay a visit to Rebus, the signet ring specialists? Their store is located on Leather Lane in the heart of Hatton Garden, and their friendly, knowledgeable staff will be more than happy to help you choose a ring or design a bespoke band of your own.

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