9ct & 18ct Superior Quality Signet Rings Crest & Seal Engraved By Me
most popular mans pinky finger signet ring
Signet rings engraved with family crest or coat of arms have been traditionally given as a special gift to men / boys on either their 18th or 21st birthday for generations. 14mm x 12mm oxford oval most popular
Unfortunately with gold prices now roughly 3 times as high as they were 10 or 12 years ago, and the traditional Hatton Garden workshops where this work has been performed for as long as I can remember having suffered massive rent and rates increases , hand engraving crest signet rings is rapidly becoming a dying trade like many others.
With over 40 years experience of hand making heavyweight signet rings in both contemporary & classic styles , and the ability to laser engrave crest's and Coat Of arms in my own secluded Hertfordshire workshop I am now reviving an age old tradition at an affordable price.
Exceptional hand engraved mens crest signet ring Start from £750.00
By contrast one of my laser crest engraved signet's start at £495.00
Ladies size signet rings in mans weights
Why is it expected that ladies want a thin lightweight signet ring, based on what clients tell me most of the offerings they see are "Pathetic"
This is so simple to explain, though difficult to understand, but if you take an average quality signet ring that was intended to be size T and size it down to finger size D to H the head gets dramatically curved.
In order to crest engrave a signet ring by hand the head should be as flat as possible and having filed the re-sized ring flat it is generally so thin in the center that it will not be suitable to crest engrave.
The signet rings specially designed for crest and seal engraving by hand have 2.5mm thick heads, and subsiquently thicker and heavier shoulders and shanks, once sized down very small and filed flat are generally no less than 1.75mm thick , giving the engraver adequate material to carve deeply, made from a process known of as "Die Stamping" are roughly 2 times the price of making cast signet rings.
The gold signet rings I produce for laser engraving are similar in weight and thickness, cost roughly 2/3 the price, an affordable alternative.
Which Option Of Crest Engraved 9ct or 18ct Gold Signet Ring Is Right For You ?
I can not answer this question, I can however guide you in the right direction at the end of the day my laser engraved offerings are a compromise.
If you want to buy a "Rolls Royce" quality hand crest engraved signet ring, you can go to Garrards or Harrods, even Mappin and Webb where the average price for a 9ct gold signet ring with your bespoke family crest or Coat Of arms will cost you £1,200.00 or £2,000.00 in 18ct gold.
There are plenty of Internet sellers providing cheaper alternatives. A few specialist manufacturers who will provide the same direct for £900.00
Likewise I can provide you with a superior quality Die Stamped signet ring, hand crest engraved by R H Wilkins in Hatton Garden, from £750.00
I can produce a heavyweight signet ring individually cast and handmade by me, laser crest engraved in 3D from £395.00 ladies or £495.00 gents
Please note at busy times of the year or when orders are required urgently die stampings only may be available
Personally going back to the starting paragraph of this page, if you are giving a crest ring to a teenager or a 21 year old on their birthday, do you really want to spend on average a £950.00 to £1,400.00 and do you really want them walking around with that on their finger.
A true deep reverse crest engraved signet ring will produce a nice wax impression to keep in a box in the living room drawer to get out and admire on the aniversary of their birthday, my laser version may or may not, so the real question is are you going to make wax seal's from it?
18ct Gold or 9ct Gold , which to choose , what is the difference ?
Expelling the mith, that 9ct gold is harder wearing than 18ct gold, quite to the contrary as 18ct gold is a denser material it is actually harder wearing than 9ct gold. However as 18ct gold is considerably softer, when making a rasor thin piece of jewellery, or a signet ring with a thin shank it will bend and buckle easily, where as a harder 9ct gold will be more resiliant and less likely to bend.
My ladies signet rings have a minimum of 1.25mm thick shanks , and on average 2mm thick shanks on mans signet rings no risk of you bending those, and as they wear less, it will be a good 70 or more years of hard wear before they become as thin as most cheaper signet rings started out.
18ct gold weighs 50% more than 9ct gold, unfortunately 18ct gold cost's twice as much when buying in bullion, and as the ring will weigh 50% heavier in most retailers you will pay roughly 3 times as much for an 18ct ring as you will for a 9ct ring.
I carry a small stock of 18ct gold signet rings made from recycled gold (old jewellery) these will usually cost you appx twice as much as the equivalent 9ct gold signet ring , the engraving charges stay the same, which means in general mine will be half the price you would pay one of my competitors for a 18ct gold die stamped signet ring which has been hand engraved with your family crest or Coat Of arms.
I can also supply 18ct gold die stamped signet rings to order in any size or pattern, or I can cast from new bullion to order inclusive of 20% VAT