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.
The word Onyx is derived from the Greek word onux, meaning nail or claw. Legend has it that while Venus slept, Eros cut her fingernails, scattering the clippings on the ground. The gods, decreeing that no part of a goddess should be allowed to die, turned the fingernails into Onyx stones. Onyx gemstones come in a wide range of natural colours and shades, often with lines of white, beige, and brown. We use Black Onyx, which is a semi-precious stone found largely in Brazil and also in Uruguay, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India and Madagascar. In India, Onyx is thought to calm chaos, cure absentmindedness and temper the ardours of love. Used by the Romans, it was an extremely popular choice for carving into seals and cameos. Onyx is also mentioned in the Bible at various points, such as in Genesis 2:12 "and the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone”. As such, the Black Onyx is considered the preferred stone for rosaries.
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