Seal Engraving History

Seal engraving originated in Ancient China and Eastern Asia and was introduced to the Western world in the 12th century. A seal is always engraved in reverse and is much deeper than traditional 2 dimensional hand engraving with a third or fourth dimension added deeper and finer. This takes the craftsman much more time to achieve and is normally engraved by more mature hand engravers. There is a different price structure for seal engraving which is structured on the amount of detail involved.

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18ct Yellow Gold Signet Ring

This hand engraved deep in reverse crest ring is complete with yellow/cream wax impression, provided with small handmade oak box.

PRICE £1,220.00
+ Dimensions: 12mm by 14mm
+ Weight: 15 grams (based on an average finger size)
+ Any size available.

(Completion time 4-6 weeks)

18ct White Gold Signet Ring

This hand engraved deep in reverse crest ring is complete with yellow wax impression, provided with small handmade oak box.

PRICE £1320.00
+ Dimensions: 16mm by 13mm
+ Weight: 17 grams (based on finger size "P")
+ Any size available.

(Completion time 4-6 weeks)

9ct Yellow Gold Signet Ring

This hand engraved deep in reverse crest ring is complete with yellow/cream wax impression, provided with small handmade oak box.

PRICE £680.00
+ Dimensions: 11mm by 13mm
+ Weight: 9 grams (based on an average finger size)
+ Any size available.

(Completion time 4-6 weeks)

18ct Yellow Gold Signet Ring

This vintage bloodstone crest was supplied by our customer and was faithfully copied by our Master hand   engraver, completely by hand.

PRICE £1240.00
+ Dimensions: 12mm by 14mm
+ Weight: 15g

(Completion time 4-6 weeks)

Seal Engraving

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With a history of more than 3,000 years, seal engraving has played a very important role in Chinese culture. The use of wax seals however, did not begin until the Middle Ages. Monarchs, bishops and royal courts used them in issuing official decrees and to authenticate documents. Seals then became more democratized, butchers would sign agreements with a seal bearing the head of a hog or cow and then by the 13th Century were more accessible to the ordinary freeman. In a time where most were illiterate, seals were used to authenticate agreements, contracts, wills and letters.

Setting a personal seal on an object is to establish ones ownership. Today, the majority of seal designs are still Coats of Arms, Crests, shields etc.

Also monograms and clan badges are very popular. All  seal  e ngraving is hand cut, preserving the unique quality of the completed article.
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