Signet rings began in ancient Egypt. Pharaohs, religious leaders, and nobility wore rings that were flat on one side and decorated with symbology unique to the wearer. Most people were illiterate so a seal as a signature assured authenticity. Seals date back to Mesopotamia, around 3500 BC. It was the Egyptians however, that crafted the idea of a seal into a ring. Cut to a few thousand years later, and we have the Victorian Era. Signet rings were used by the elite to show wealth and fashion, as well as for practical purposes like signing documents. The ring face might express a coat of arms, a set of initials, a family crest, or a motif that was strictly used by the owner. These rings weren’t just worn on the pinky, they were mounted onto chains or worn on a pocket watch.
This Victorian signet ring was handcrafted in England around 1850. It features a shield-shaped motif with an agate intaglio at the center with engraved accents on the shoulders and the band. The white agate showcases a cross intaglio. The ring face measures 10.2 x 12.1 x 2.6 mm off the finger and the band width is 2.3 mm at the back. This ring bears no marks and has been acid tested at 15 karat gold. It weighs 3.0 grams and is a size 5.5.
This ring would look handsome on the finger of a gentlemen. It would also look quite fabulous hanging from your favorite gold chain and clasped around your neck!
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Victorian Intaglio Signet Ring 15k Gold Chalcedony
$1,020 $1,200 SALE
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