The classic Cushion 9ct yellow gold creates a perfect frame for any stone in a Rebus signet ring. Perfectly matched with any colour and the hand engraved design of your choice, you will be the proud wearer of a stylish yet traditional piece. Each ring is created with a solid back to give the stone additional strength and stability.
Of the three carats of gold we offer, 9ct (375 parts of gold per thousand) has the lowest gold content. As a result, it is the toughest of the three - the higher the gold content, the softer the metal. We would recommend 9ct gold if you're very active and your hands take a lot of wear and tear. Yellow gold, the element's natural colour, is by far the most traditional colour for signet rings. Yellow gold is usually alloyed with copper and silver to strengthen it and give the jewellery longevity. The shade of the gold depends on its gold content and 18 carat gold has a richer yellow colour than the paler 9 carat gold.
Also known as Carnelian, the name comes from the Latin word for flesh: carnis. The name refers to the dark, almost fleshy colour often seen in the stone. The colour comes from the iron-oxide in its structure, and at Rebus, we select stones with a uniformly deep red to brown colour. Cornelian was widely used in the Roman Empire to make engraved gems for signet rings or wax seals for correspondence or other important documents, as the hot wax they used did not stick to Cornelian. The stone is most commonly found in Brazil, India, Siberia and Germany. Cornelian was once the stone prescribed for those with weak or timid voices, thought to give them the power to speak with courage and conviction. It was also said to protect against envious glances and to grant the wishes of the wearer.
The 14mm x 12mm medium sized face is our best-selling gentleman's size, and the large cushion shape signet (16mm x 13mm) looks striking on the ring or little finger on a larger hand. The 12mm x 10mm is a little more discreet and will suit smaller hands. These measurements refer to the overall face size, rather than just the stone.
Deep seal engraving
Traditional deep seal engraving is the most popular method of engraving signet rings. We create your design by carving deeply into the metal, hand engraving the design in reverse.
Once the seal engraving is completed, we use the engraved signet ring to produce a 3d wax impression - the seal. Your ring will arrive presented in a beautiful gift box, with an encapsulated impression of your design and a wax taper to make your own seals. If you would prefer for us to engrave your design as it is seen on paper, i.e. not in reverse, please let us know by using the comment box found in your shopping bag. read less
Surface cut engraving
As with seal engraving, surface engraving is produced by hand, using handheld gravers. In fact, it's the same technique used by traditional bank note engravers.
Unlike seal engraving, we don't carve deep into the metal - instead, we create the design by cutting hundreds of lines of varying widths and depths until the design comes to life. This method is ideal for cufflinks and it also looks effective on signet rings, but does not have the same longevity as seal engraving. read less
Engraving message inside the band
You can have a message or motto of up to approx 25 characters hand engraved inside the band for just £50.
Of course, this depends on the finger size, so talk to us about whether your engraving will fit. You can choose from two styles - either roman capitals or upper and lower case script. read less