The old school signet ring is a traditional jewelry staple that’s become some of our favorite statement pieces to design.
These metal-heavy signet designs look real good on the finger, put your favorite gemstones on a pedestal and make a super bold statement amongst your everyday jewelry! Read along to learn we think they’re the perfect piece to kick off your TBH (To Be Heirlooms) collection.
The Signet Ring's History
So what exactly is a signet ring? A signet ring typically has a flat precious metal surface with an engraving of an establishment’s seal, a family’s crest/coat of arms, or even someone's initials.
When the engraving is carved into a semi-precious gemstone like amethyst, onyx or carnelian it is called an intaglio! (Not to be confused with a cameo, which is carved out of a semi-precious gemstone like coral or mother of pearl.) Fun fact: Pharaohs were actually the very first to incorporate seals into a ring.
Signet rings have been used for centuries to sign and authenticate important legal documents and letters by kings, queens, nobility, clergy, etc. Signets signified the power and authority of the wearer, while preventing any forgeries or false orders being handed down.