The original purpose of the signet ring was a portable seal to prove the authenticity of documents which was commonplace in the medieval period. This wasn’t necessarily for legal papers and contracts but was also used for more mundane communications such as letters too. In an era when anything could be transcribed it was important to prove who it was from. Most families have a ‘crest’, which is actually the top part of a full coat of arms, and so it was commonplace to have several people with the same crest. As time has moved on the gold signet ring with a crest has stopped serving its original purpose and is now viewed as jewellery.
Until recently it was mostly the domain of men, passing on their signet rings to their male children or gifting them as 21st Birthday presents, however the fashion for signet rings for women has become more widespread. The Duchess of Cornwall, Pippa Middleton and Princess Diana are a few of the notable women who have been seen sporting signet rings with their crests on.
Our Signet rings are hand engraved in our workshop with either a crest, coat of arms or monogram. If you want to be more fashion forward with your ring then we can engrave most things. If you don’t want a crest on a signet ring, or indeed a ‘pinky ring’, then you can also opt for a monogram engraved ring with your initials on it.
At Susannah Lovis we pride ourselves on providing our customers with only the highest quality jewellery items and selecting pieces with beautiful, elegant designs. We have been based in the Burlington Arcade, London for over 20 years. We specialise in antique engagement rings as well as other antique jewellery. We are also able to value jewellery for insurance and design bespoke jewellery.