“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 were still used to form wax seals on correspondence. This late Victorian or early Edwardian gold signet ring is set with a smoldering .41ct old mine cut diamond. The style is more typical of the kind of signet rings worn in the present day, meaning it is meant to be worn as a fashion statement (and is it ever!) or a signifier of status. Or how about as an engagement ring?
18k gold (marked), .41ct old mine cut diamond
Very good - British hallmarks (city and date letter have worn away)
7.75, can be resized; 7.8mm head, 2.8mm shank
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1837 — 1901
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In the 14th century, it was discovered that the only way to cut a diamond was with another diamond.
A wax seal was critical for document authentication and security. It evolved into something wearable and chic.