Signet derives from the Latin word “signum” translating to “sign” (as in signature). The oldest signet rings were carved with a distinctive emblem that was used as a signature on documents and letters. Until the invention of the mail system and the stamp, signet rings incised with a family crest, initials or other image were still used to form wax seals on correspondence. This Victorian signet ring is made in buttery 18k yellow gold and features a heraldic griffin (a crest aligned with so many families that it's hard to say for sure who it belongs to).
18k gold (marked)
Very good - surface wear commensurate with age and use; mark on the shank from a previous resizing
6.5, can be resized; 11.5mm head, 2.6mm shank
1837 — 1901
please note:Terms of Sale
Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.