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Signet rings

Signet rings

Signet rings from Lyppens jewellers

Lyppens jewellers has a long tradition supplying families all over the Netherlands with signet rings. The signet ring can be traced back to ancient times when it was a handy way to sign and seal official documents by stamping the family seal engraving in molten wax.

The signet ring is often deeply rooted as a family’s tradition to hand down their seal to the next generation, commonly when their child reaches adulthood. The team at Lyppens understand how important this moment can be for a family and the experienced team can guide you through the process of choosing the right seal and creating a ring that can be worn for generations to come.

The collection consists of 14 and 18 karat yellow, red or white gold rings and offer a selection of different coloured semi-precious gemstones that can be created in many different shapes and sizes.

History of the signet ring

Signet rings can be traced back to Roman times when they served as a tool to seal and sign official documents. Even though theoretically the signet ring can still be used for this function today, we see that they serve a more esthetic purpose. A signet ring made from solid gold or with a gemstone and now often also worn without a seal as a fashion item.

Different types of signet rings

There are many different types of signet rings. The most important difference is with or without a gemstone. In general, nearly all signet rings are set with semi-precious gemstones. These come in all shapes and sizes, like blue layered stone, consisting of two different tones of blue, green heliotrope, deep blue lapis lazuli, or black onyx. There are also pure gold signet rings, made from yellow, red or white gold.

Every signet ring can be engraved with your family seal or monogram.

Process of designing and engraving a signet ring

The process of designing and engraving a signet ring is something that the sales team handles with great care. It is important to help you choose a ring that can stand the test of time and is able to be given down from generation to generation. The first step is to choose a model ring, the colour gold, the shape of the signet. The vast in-house collection and staff experience will be able to help you swiftly make the right choice.

The second step is engraving the ring. The engraver requires a clear and detailed copy of the full seal, preferably in colour and on paper or digital like a PDF document so that the engraver can engrave the finer details more accurately. Traditionally heraldry has common practices that the staff are familiar with and are able to advise on. Though it has to be said many of these practices are now considered to be outdated and not always followed.

To produce a signet ring takes a lot of time and effort. If you are looking to give a completed ring as a present on a specific date, please take an average of three months from start to finish in consideration.

How do you wear a signet ring?

A signet ring today can be worn in many different ways and on many different fingers. Lyppens advise you to wear the signet ring on your non-dominant hand with the choice of your ring or little finger. Pink signet rings are especially popular with women as the non-dominant (left) ring finger is often left open for an engagement ring.