Owing to the popularity of applying a fingerprint to a wedding ring, we recently introduced Fingerprint signet-rings. The signet-ring is on trend this year—making a significant comeback in a range of precious metals, sizes and shapes. The signet-ring is perfect for anyone looking for a personalised ring design that does not fit into the theme of engagement or wedding. For the independent professional looking for a solid gold ring with detailed customisation, the signet-ring is ideal.
What is a signet-ring?
Historically, the signet-ring was born out of small pendant stamp-seals dating back to Western Asia around 5000BC. Cylindrical seals became the standard form of signet in southern Mesopotamia. The name, family name and profession were inscribed—allowing an impression to be made on soft clay to denote ownership of goods.
In Twelfth Dynasty (c.1800 BC) Egypt, a scarab finger ring was ideally suited for use as a signet. An innovative feature was a swivelling design with a scarab beetle on the upper side, with an engraved underside—protected from wear.
It was from the Romans that we see the routine function of the signet-ring. In Third Century BC. Consuls wore signet-rings featuring intaglios cut into the surface of the bezel. Signet-rings appear subsequently throughout history.
Many variations in shape and design present themselves amongst signet-rings discovered at archaeological sites. The oval gold stirrup-shaped rings from Egypt (c. 2500 BC.) is shaped very similarly to the modern oval signet-ring from our own collection of signet-rings.
Ideas for signet-ring engraving
When it comes to signet ring engravings, the sky is quite literally the limit. We engrave an entire range of designs. Choose from a fingerprint, footprint, handprint, deeply etched initials, or just simple text. All engravings are applied by precision laser engraving, giving crisp clear detail and mirror polished for a perfect finish.