a little Signet ring history

The history of the signet ring is a very old one indeed, with Signet rings being traced as far back as 3500BC to the people of Mesopotamia. Signet rings have graced the fingers of Egyptian pharaohs and queens, Roman Kings, Noblemen and even Shakespeare.

Typically made entirely of gold or featuring carved gemstones, the top of the ring was usually engraved with an identifying symbol such as monograms or family seals to be used as a seal. Wax was melted onto a document and the top of the ring was impressed into the wax, leaving a clear and permanent mark.

Similar to a signature today, signet rings provided their wearers with a way of leaving their mark and a way to assure authenticity.
Many families had a single ring that was handed down from generation to generation, making them one of the most recognised heirloom ring styles.
A more people became literate and the use of signet rings as document seals declined, signet rings maintained their popularity. Instead of a seal, they became symbols which represented family, elegance and sophistication. For many years signet rings were considered a mark of the elegant gentleman.
Nowadays signet rings are worn plain, engraved or decorated with stones, holding a more subtle connection to the individual. Engraved or not, these classic rings have proven to be an absolutely timeless piece of jewellery which can be passed down through generations.
From classic round shapes to a modern take on the traditional ring, all RUUSK signet rings have been lovingly hand carved in wax and are cast in solid Gold.

Made to order just for you, your own modern heirloom in the making.
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