Inspiration | Signet Rings

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I’ve made a few signet rings in these intermediate years as a jeweler  (I say ‘intermediate’ because one can only call themselves an expert jeweler after 30-40 years of working as a full time goldsmith)  by a few I mean 3 or 4, maybe 5.  You can view some of my signet ring works herehere and here.

Signet rings, to me, are just lovely, really.  I find them to be charming; they are customizable and forever changing,  yet classic.  The timeless silhouette to the signet ring, can be giving an complete different feel, just by how one chooses to adorn it.  They can carry an air of soft delicate femininity when reliefs of botany and script are introduced.  And yet, they also can be masculine and bold by adding rough textures and symbols of strength.

The history of the signet is what’s most fascinating.  Dating back to biblical ages, these rings important meaning and uses.   They were used by kings to seal official documents; by pressing the ring top into soften wax or clay.  This seal was a sign of authenticity and untampered delivering. Signet rings also spoke to the wearers ranking or social position.

 

 

Of course, I have a full Pintrest board dedicated to signets.  Most of my pins are of antique or ancient, signet rings.  Others are modern versions of what the those rings once represented.  I love that these signet rings have made such a big return the jewelry world! Almost every jewelry maker has some version of this sentimental adornment.

The modern version are my favorite. I too plan on bring my ideas of a signet ring into my collection of work.  Seeing details of our modern lifestyle cleverly depicted on old world traditions and heirloom wears excites more than I can express! Current day signets make me happy and inspired all the same as the ancient ones!

 

Below are some good writings on the history of signet rings.  Give them a read, should you be interested.

1//  The Modern History of the Signet Ring – via 18th Century History Blog

2//  The Fascinating History of Signet Rings – via The Jewelry Box Blog

3//  The History and Symbolism of the Signet Ring – via Jweel Blog

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*photo credits in order of appearance:

1// Peg + Awl via Terrain  2//  Ninh Wysocan Jewelry via Una 3// via pintrest  4// via pintrest   5// via pintrest  6// Conroy & Wilcox via pintrest  7// Urban Outfitters via pintrest 8// via pintrest

On the Bench | Personalized Shield Ring

My time at my bench, lately, has mostly been spent on custom projects, and I'm enjoying every minute.  I don't always get to document all my custom orders (I'll work on that) but I really wanted to share this particular commission.  It is a commissioned ring for a very patient New Yorker named Karla.  She wanted a replica of a ring she'd found on Pintrest.  I try not to do exact replicas of jewelry out of respect for other artists.  But, Karla wanted the ring to be as similar to her inspiration photo as possible.  So I did my best to change up the details a bit while keeping with her chosen aesthetic.

This was for sure a fun and channeling project.  Not only did it push me out of my choice of aesthetic; it also force me to learn a few new tricks!  I was so pleased with the outcome of this ring I forgot clean and re-polish it before snapping a quick picture!  I'll update the photo after I touch up the ring a bit! For now lets just enjoy this beauty!

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