A 14ct gold classic Cushion shape in hard wearing and precious 14ct yellow gold gives this Rebus signet ring a solid feel with a sense of heritage. Its classic rectangle Cushion shape and the high quality stone setting create the perfect backdrop for your bespoke seal engraved design. Designed with solid backs, giving the semi-precious stones the strength and stability they deserve, these signet rings will provide many years of pleasure.
14ct gold (585 parts of gold per thousand) is a popular choice of gold for a signet ring, as over half of it is pure gold and it is still very durable. The heavy weight Rebus signet rings in 9ct, 14ct or 18ct gold will last a lifetime. 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.
Often seen in artistic works found in the ruins of Crete, Sardonyx has long been used for decorative purposes. The stone comes in a wide range of natural colours and shades and is comprised of coloured bands: the top layer is called Sard and the bottom layer Onyx, giving the stone its name. The colours we use in signet rings range from petrol blue with bands of black and creamy white with shades of amber. Once engraved, the contrast between the layers makes for a very striking seal. It was this eye catching colour that made the stone a favourite with the ancient Romans, who believed that the virtue of stones was increased when they were beautifully engraved. In the ancient world, people also believed that Sardonyx could protect the wearer from infectious disease and from the venom of poisonous animals, including a scorpion’s sting. When worn around the neck, the stone was said to soothe pain, inspire willpower, attract friends, and bring luck in love and success in legal matters.
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 small (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