Signet or Seal Rings
The wearing of signet rings is a tradition among European
nobility, and stretches back to the Roman Empire and beyond. A signet
ring is one which may be used to create a wax impression, or seal, to
close an envelope or sign a document, in a secure, not easily copied way. Signet rings
would often have a crest or arms of a knight's family, or initials, or
a portrait, or a personal symbol and/or motto. Portraits or crests were
often cut from a gemstone such as carnelian or onyx, or engraved
directly in the metal of the signet ring.
Wearing a signet ring is a symbol of power, and sentimentality, and
often family identity. It can also indicate interests or hobbies, or
membership in an organization. Signet rings are sometimes created as
awards in the business world, to commemorate years of employee service,
or goals met.
At Foxfire Design Studio we create a custom signet rings in any shape,
form and with any motif you choose. Gentleman's, Ladies' Signet rings,
Signet rings in 14K, 18K, yellow or white gold, platinum, palladium,
and/or with stone seals custom cut of carnelian, onyx, lapis lazuli, or
other stones. We can create signet rings using CAD/CAM design, but
often combine the high tech with the old world art of hand engraving.
Our Artists will be happy to develop the design with you, and can quote
an exact cost once the design has been determined. You will be asked to
provide all available artwork for your symbol, crest or initials, that
are to be used, or we can create a new design from your description.
The designer will be happy to advise you on what level of detail can be
achieved in the actual ring. Foxfire can create signet rings with or
We are pleased to offer custom engraved
gemstone seals. These are hand carved
Germany, where master craftsmen follow a centuries old tradition of
fine craftsmanship, so they are exquisite and beautiful.
We recommend opaque gemstones such as Carnelian, Bloodstone, Lapis
Lazuli, Jade, Black Onyx, and Tigereye. It is also possible to do a
carving on transparent faceted gemstones such as Amethyst, Garnet or
Citrine, although this is a very different look, and may be unsuitable
for a signet ring due to style and durability.
Gemstone carving prices range from around $500 for a simple initial, to
$1,800 and beyond for faces, coat of arms, etc. The process takes about
6-12 weeks depending on complexity and shipping through customs.
Once the stone has
been completed, or if no gemstone is to be used, we can start work on
the metal portion of the ring. We offer a choice of precious
metals: Platinum, Palladium (a platinum group metal), 18 Karat Yellow
Gold, 14 Karat Yellow Gold, 14 Karat X-1 White Gold (a superior white
gold alloy, very white), 14 Karat Palladium White Gold, 14 Karat Red
Gold, 14 Karat Green Gold, and Sterling Silver.
The metal work for a signet ring generally ranges from $1,500 and up in
14K Gold, and the process takes 8-10 weeks. We can do all types of
lettering, symbols, devices on the top and sides of the ring, plus
engraving on the inside or outside. Sterling Silver starts around $500.
We do a wide variety of creative custom work for clients, drawing on
whatever technique is most appropriate from Old World hand engraving to
cutting edge CAD/CAM computer design.
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