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Signet Rings

The people of Mesopotamia were probably the first to use signet rings starting around the year 3500 B.C. Initially, softer materials like ivory and softer gemstones were used in signet rings, but as technology progressed, harder stones were also used.

Signet rings were usually engraved with a crest in a mirror image. The ring was pressed in hot wax to officiate documents relating to trade and politics, and this crest was engraved in either the gold of the ring itself or in a semi-precious gemstone that was set into the stone.

Today, people don’t need signet rings for that specific purpose, yet the ring is still very popular. For men, it is a very accepted piece of jewelry to own next to their watch and wedding ring. The crest is often replaced by engraved initials or a faceted... Read more

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A hallmarked silver Gentleman's signet ring set wi

April 30, 2016, 9:00 AM BST
Middle Claydon, United Kingdom

£12 (starting bid)

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10k Bangor High School 1950 Class Ring

April 30, 2016, 10:00 AM EST
Bath , PA, USA

$45 (3 bids)

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An 18k gold and Roman carnelian intaglio ring

May 19, 2016, 4:30 PM CET
Cologne, Germany

€1,000 (starting bid)

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A 14k gold Roman jasper intaglio ring

May 19, 2016, 4:30 PM CET
Cologne, Germany

€500 (starting bid)

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A 14k gold Roman jasper intaglio ring

May 19, 2016, 4:30 PM CET
Cologne, Germany

€500 (starting bid)

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A 14k gold early Christian carnelian intaglio ring

May 19, 2016, 4:30 PM CET
Cologne, Germany

€500 (starting bid)

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A 14k gold Sasanian agate intaglio ring

May 19, 2016, 4:30 PM CET
Cologne, Germany

€500 (starting bid)

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A 14k gold Roman jasper intaglio ring

May 19, 2016, 4:30 PM CET
Cologne, Germany

€500 (starting bid)

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A 14k gold Roman carnelian intaglio ring

May 19, 2016, 4:30 PM CET
Cologne, Germany

€500 (starting bid)

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A 14k gold late Hellenistic carnelian intaglio

May 19, 2016, 4:30 PM CET
Cologne, Germany

€500 (starting bid)

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A 14k gold Roman chalcedony intaglio

May 19, 2016, 4:30 PM CET
Cologne, Germany

€500 (starting bid)

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A 14k gold Sasanian carnelian intaglio

May 19, 2016, 4:30 PM CET
Cologne, Germany

€500 (starting bid)

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An 18k gold swivel ring with a jasper scarab

May 19, 2016, 4:30 PM CET
Cologne, Germany

€500 (starting bid)

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A 24k gold and paste intaglio ring by Orhan Gurhan

May 19, 2016, 4:30 PM CET
Cologne, Germany

€1,100 (starting bid)

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