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 Victorian 18k gold shield-shaped piece is more typical of the kind of signet rings worn in the present day, meaning it is unadorned and meant to be worn as a fashion statement or signifier of status.
18k gold (tests)
Very good - surface wear commensurate with age and use
5, can be resized; 9.6mm head, 2.3mm 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.