As the keeper of traditions and values, today the signet ring has a thoroughly contemporary image. Despite this, it is worth taking a brief look at the past. After all, the signet ring is amongst the oldest items of jewellery found, its history stretching back some 3000 years. In China, ancient Egypt, Greece or Rome – every great era was accompanied by signet rings.
The rings were worn by individuals of high standing, with the seal used as a form of historical data protection – with the aid of liquid wax, used to enclose letters and secure them with the mark of the seal. However, the signet ring was never merely used to seal messages, it was also an item of jewellery and a companion that has accompanied us through the course of the centuries. A modern classic, in other words.
Signet ring with intaglio of a mare suckling a foal, gold with red jasper, Rome, 3rd century AD, © Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim, inv. no. 1969/66, photo Winfried Reinhardt