We're always on the hunt for pretty antique and vintage signet rings in unique shapes or with interesting engravings. This is a vintage signet ring (initial ring) in 10 kt gold, circa 1920s, with its original box. The design of the shoulders of the ring, the beautifully engraved letter (Gothic script), and its rosy hue caught our eye. Because they are usually simple in design and all one color, signet rings are incredibly versatile. They pair well with other antique and modern rings, making them easy to mix and stack.
Despite the fact that this was originally a man's signet ring, it looks delightfully delicate on the finger. The band (shank) is solid which a nice surprise as many have worn thin over time. Because of its durability, 10 kt gold can be a good choice for a signet ring (specially helpful if you intend to wear it every day)!
Dimensions & Details
- The ring is 10 kt gold (tested).
- Ring size, US 8 1/4. It can be sized so that you can wear it on any finger.
- Engraved (in Gothic script) with the letter B.
Period & Hallmarks
- Circa 1920's.
- Not marked, but tests as 10 kt.
- The ring is in good vintage condition with general wear that one would expect in a piece of this age. There are surface scratches on the face of the ring that are more visible in the photographs (due to the magnification) than when viewing it on one's finger.
About Signet Rings
Like many fashion trends, signet rings originally had a practical purpose. Starting out as seal rings they prominently displayed stone, gem, or metal faces with intaglio carvings of a symbol or coat of arms. Seals were impressed into hot wax as a signature and/or means of authentication.
Over time signet rings evolved from the practical (and decorative) to the primarily decorative. Instead of being carved in the reverse to leave the mirror image in wax, they were now engraved to be read from the viewer's perspective. Decorative rings from the late 19th to present are typically engraved with initials (a single initial, monogram, or cipher), a coat of arms, or parts of a coat of arms such as the crest and motto.
If you are interested in reading more about the jewelry terms or decorative periods referenced throughout our site, visit our Resources section for additional information.
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