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Antique Victorian Signet Ring with Hidden Key Attached
Located in Stamford, CT
A Victorian 15 Kt signet ring with an intricate crest is a simple oval shape and hides a key on the inside that fits into the frame behind the crest. The crest features a knight with...
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Antique Late 19th Century Victorian Signet Rings

Materials

15k Gold

Gubelin Antique 18 Karat Gold Lion with Key Signet Ring
By Gubelin
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Depicting a deeply engraved lion clutching a key, surrounded by inscription "now that we met let the lie begin" Inscribed 'Rapheal my best friend Lillian' on the inner shank Stampe...
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Vintage 1920s Art Deco Band Rings

Materials

18k Gold

Finding the Right Signet Rings for You

Traditionally considered a ring for men, antique and vintage signet rings today are popular gifts for anyone who desires an expressive, timeless piece of jewelry that can feature all manner of engraved motifs, gemstones, specific symbols or monograms.

Signet rings get their name from signus, which means “sign” in Latin. The rings, which may historically be referred to as “seal rings,” date back thousands of years and were used as a form of signature. Whatever may have been engraved on the ring — a married couple’s initials, a family crest — identified ownership for the purposes of authenticating documents and more when impressed on soft wax. During the Middle Ages, signet rings were symbols of power and prestige and common accessories for nobility. Later, during the 19th century, precious and semiprecious stones such as rubies and diamonds were added to gold signet rings as they took on a more ornate appearance than they had previously.

In recent years, fashion has been primarily about individuality, and nothing is more personal than a jewel bearing a name or monogram. That is the reason jewelers have revived traditional signet rings, custom-engraving their designs with customers’ preferred words or symbols. Those who prefer the thrill of the hunt have a range of vintage letter charms and pendants to sift through.

Find diamond signet rings, onyx signet rings and other varieties of this fashionable accessory on 1stDibs. Browse a broader array of rings in our collection of fine jewelry.