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How to choose your signet ring

Updated: Dec 18, 2023

The ultimate guide to help you choose which signet ring is right for you

With so many different options, choosing a signet ring can feel daunting. In this guide our experts at The Hamilton Gold Company, based in Surbiton & Kingston have put together all of the information you might need to help you choose.


We create signet rings for customers in Surrey all over the UK and our friendly team can help you design it over the phone or by email to meet your exact needs. Well also offer a 30% discount for those in the military, veterans and blue lights workers to show our appreciation.


Hamilton Gold Company Signet Ring with engraved monogram

 

What metal should you choose for your signet ring?

When it comes to choosing the perfect signet ring, one of the key decisions you'll face is selecting the right metal. At The Hamilton Gold Company, located in Surbiton and Kingston, Surrey, UK, we offer a wide range of metal options to suit every taste and style. Each metal brings its unique characteristics, so let's dive into some popular choices to help you make an informed decision.


Classic Elegance with Gold

Gold signet rings have stood the test of time, symbolising elegance and sophistication. Our collection features various gold carats, including 9ct, 14ct, and 18ct, allowing you to balance quality and affordability. Opt for traditional yellow gold for a timeless look, or choose white gold for a modern twist. For a touch of luxury, consider rose gold, known for its warm and romantic hue. The difference between 9, 14, and 18ct gold lies in their gold content, with 9ct containing 37.5% pure gold, 14ct containing 58.5%, and 18ct containing 75%; the higher the purity the bolder the colour and the more likely the ring is to retain it's gold value, however the durability does reduce slightly.


Affordable Elegance with Silver

If you seek timeless elegance and versatility in your signet ring at a more affordable price, silver is the perfect choice. At The Hamilton Gold Company, our sterling silver signet rings are meticulously crafted to add sophistication to any style. With its cool white shine, affordability, and endless personalisation possibilities, silver signet rings are an exquisite expression of individuality that will endure through time.


Timeless Luxury of Platinum

For those seeking the pinnacle of luxury and durability, platinum signet rings are the ideal choice. As one of the rarest and strongest precious metals, platinum creates a stunning statement piece that will endure for generations. Its natural white color complements any design, making it an excellent option for personalised engravings.


Durability and Versatility with Palladium

Palladium is a fantastic alternative to platinum, offering similar characteristics at a more budget-friendly price. Its light weight and hypoallergenic properties make it a comfortable and practical choice. Choose palladium for a contemporary and refined signet ring that can withstand everyday wear with ease.


Remember, the metal you choose for your signet ring should reflect your personal style, preferences, and lifestyle. Whether you seek the timeless allure of gold, the luxury of platinum, or the versatility of palladium, our expert team at The Hamilton Gold Company is here to guide you through this exciting decision-making process. With our exquisite selection of metals and craftsmanship, your perfect signet ring awaits!


 

What Style of signet ring should I choose?

When choosing the style of a signet ring, customers should consider their personal taste, lifestyle, and the significance they wish to attach to the piece. Whether opting for a timeless oval, a classic round, a modern square, or an elegant cushion, each style carries its own symbolism and can be customised to create a cherished and meaningful keepsake.


Oval Signet Rings

Oval signet rings are a classic and timeless choice, with a shape that complements most finger sizes and hand shapes. The elongated design creates an elegant and sophisticated look, making it suitable for both men and women. Oval signet rings are versatile and can accommodate various types of engravings, from initials and family crests to intricate designs. This style is a popular choice for those seeking a refined and traditional appearance.


Oval Signet Ring


Round Signet Rings

Round signet rings are a popular choice for their simplicity and balanced design. The circular shape symbolizes eternity and unity, making it a meaningful choice for family heirlooms or sentimental pieces. Round signet rings can feature a central emblem, initials, or even a single initial monogram. This style suits those who appreciate a clean and understated look with a touch of elegance.


Round Signet Ring

Square Signet Rings

Square signet rings offer a modern and bold appeal, making them a favorite among those who prefer a contemporary and eye-catching design. The square shape provides a unique canvas for various engravings, from geometric patterns to personalised symbols. Square signet rings can exude confidence and individuality, appealing to fashion-forward individuals who seek a distinctive and striking statement piece.


Square Signet Ring

Cushion Signet Rings

Cushion signet rings combine the elements of square and round designs, creating a softened and stylish appearance. The rounded corners of the cushion shape offer a gentle touch, making it comfortable to wear daily. This style provides a versatile backdrop for engravings, allowing for both intricate details and larger designs. Cushion signet rings suit those who appreciate a blend of classic and contemporary aesthetics, perfect for expressing one's unique personality.


Cushion Signet Ring

 

What engraving should you choose?

When it comes to personalising your signet ring, the options for engraving are diverse and can reflect your individuality and heritage. At The Hamilton Gold Company, we understand the significance of choosing the right engraving for your signet ring. Our expert team can assist you in designing the perfect engraving that complements your style and holds deep personal meaning. Some popular engraving choices include:


Monograms or Initials

A timeless choice, monograms or initials add a touch of elegance and personalisation to your signet ring. You can choose from various font styles to create a unique and sophisticated design.


Signet Ring Monogram with Initials

Family Crests and Coats of Arms

Embrace your family's history and heritage by engraving your signet ring with your family crest or coat of arms. This prestigious choice carries a sense of tradition and lineage.


Signet Ring with family crest

Patterns and Designs

From intricate patterns to delicate motifs, you can choose custom designs that hold sentimental meaning or showcase your artistic preferences.


Signet Ring with pattern engraving

Military Insignia

For those with a military background, engraving your signet ring with your military insignia or unit emblem can serve as a symbol of pride and honor.


Military Signet Ring

 

What size signet ring should I get?

When choosing the size of your signet ring, it's essential to get the perfect fit to ensure comfort and style. Our experts at The Hamilton Gold Company can assist you in determining the ideal size that suits your finger perfectly. Keep in mind that the cost of the ring may increase with larger sizes due to the additional materials required. Women often prefer smaller and more delicate signet rings, while men may opt for bolder and larger designs. Our team will guide you through the sizing process, taking into account your personal preferences and the specific design of the signet ring, ensuring you walk away with a beautifully crafted ring that fits flawlessly on your finger.


When selecting the size of your signet ring, it's essential to consider the dimensions that best suit your style and the size of your engraving if you choose to have one. For oval signet rings, standard sizes typically range from 9x11mm to 13x16mm, providing a balance between elegance and prominence. Round signet rings are often available in sizes ranging from 10mm to 14mm, offering a classic and timeless look. If you prefer a more geometric shape, square signet rings usually come in dimensions like 10x10mm to 14x14mm, delivering a modern and sophisticated appeal. For a unique touch, cushion signet rings typically offer sizes from 10x12mm to 14x16mm, combining classic and contemporary elements. Our team at The Hamilton Gold Company will guide you through the options, ensuring your signet ring is precisely the size that reflects your individual style.


 

What engraving method is right for you?

There are several methods of engraving available to customise your signet ring. Each method offers its unique characteristics:


Laser Engraving

Utilising precise laser technology, this method creates detailed and intricate designs on the surface of the signet ring and is the most affordable option. Laser engraving allows for versatility in design and is suitable for various materials.


Lasered engraving on silver Signet Ring

Traditional Deep Seal Engraving

This classic method involves cutting the design deep into the metal, resulting in a distinct and tactile impression. Traditional deep seal engraving is a popular choice for creating a lasting and heirloom-quality piece.


Deep seal engraving on Signet Ring

Surface Cut Engraving

Surface cut engraving offers a refined and elegant look, with the design etched smoothly onto the ring's surface. It is ideal for intricate patterns and delicate details.


Raised Engraving

This method elevates the design above the ring's surface, creating a visually appealing and dimensional effect. Raised engraving adds texture and depth to the overall appearance.


No engraving

For those who prefer a more understated and minimalist look, opting for no engraving on their signet ring can be an elegant choice. The clean and unadorned surface allows the beauty of the metal and the design to take center stage, making it a versatile option that complements any outfit or occasion. Additionally, choosing no engraving can also be a more budget-friendly option, as it eliminates the cost associated with intricate designs or personalised engravings.


At The Hamilton Gold Company, we are well-versed in all these engraving techniques, and our skilled artisans can help you choose the most suitable method for your signet ring. Whether you desire a timeless deep seal, an intricate laser engraving, or a raised design, our commitment to excellence ensures that your personalised signet ring will be a cherished and exquisite piece of jewelry.


 

Customising Your Signet Ring with Stones and Engraved Stones

Elevate the elegance of your signet ring by incorporating stunning gemstones that add a touch of color and significance to your personalised piece. At The Hamilton Gold Company, we offer a wide selection of exquisite stones that can be expertly set in your signet ring. Some popular stone options include:

Onyx

Symbolising strength and protection, onyx is a classic choice for signet rings. Its smooth black surface provides an elegant backdrop for engraved designs, creating a striking contrast.



Lapis Lazuli

This deep blue gemstone exudes a regal allure and has been treasured throughout history for its beauty. Engraving intricate patterns on lapis lazuli adds a touch of artistry to your signet ring.



Bloodstones

Also known as heliotropes, bloodstones display a captivating blend of green and red hues. Its unique appearance evokes a sense of vitality and passion.



Carnelian

With its warm reddish-orange tones, carnelian embodies courage and creativity. Engraved designs on carnelian result in eye-catching and vibrant artwork.



Tiger's Eye

Known for its striking bands of golden-brown hues, tiger's eye exudes a sense of power and confidence, making it an excellent choice for a distinctive signet ring.



Malachite

Featuring mesmerising green swirls, malachite symbolises transformation and protection. Engraving on malachite enhances its natural beauty and creates a truly unique piece.



Our skilled craftsmen can expertly set these magnificent gemstones into your signet ring, adding a touch of individuality and meaning to your cherished piece of jewelry. Furthermore, we offer the option to have the stone itself engraved, creating a personalized and intricate design that is truly one-of-a-kind. Whether you choose a gemstone that holds personal significance or simply captures your eye with its beauty, our dedication to craftsmanship ensures that your customised signet ring will become a treasured symbol of your unique style and personality.


 

What finger should I wear my signet ring on?

The choice of which finger to wear your signet ring on is a matter of personal preference and tradition. Traditionally, signet rings were worn on the little finger of the non-dominant hand, but today, there are no strict rules, and you have the freedom to wear it on any finger that feels comfortable and suits your style. Many people choose to wear their signet ring on their pinky finger, as it adds a touch of sophistication and elegance to their hand. Others may opt to wear it on their ring finger or middle finger for a bolder statement. Ultimately, the decision is entirely up to you, and our team at The Hamilton Gold Company is here to help you find the perfect fit and style that complements your unique taste and personality.


 

How to resize my signet ring?

At The Hamilton Gold Company, we understand the importance of a perfect fit when it comes to signet rings. That's why we offer a hassle-free ring resizing service to ensure your ring fits comfortably on your finger. Within the first 30 days of purchase, we provide minor adjustments free of charge, allowing you to wear your signet ring with complete confidence. Whether you need a slight size increase or reduction, our expert craftsmen will skilfully adjust the ring to your desired specifications, ensuring a seamless and comfortable fit. Our commitment to exceptional customer service extends beyond the initial purchase, as we want you to cherish your signet ring for a lifetime.


 

How do I care for my signet ring?

Your signet ring is a precious and timeless piece of jewellery that deserves proper care to maintain its beauty and longevity. Here are some essential tips to keep your signet ring in pristine condition:

  1. Regular Cleaning: Gently clean your signet ring with a soft cloth and mild soapy water to remove dirt and oils. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive materials that may damage the metal or gemstone.

  2. Professional Cleaning: We recommend periodic professional cleaning and inspection to ensure the ring is in optimal condition. Our expert team can provide cleaning and maintenance services to keep your signet ring looking its best.

  3. Storage: When not wearing your signet ring, store it in a soft pouch or a separate compartment of a jewellery box to prevent scratches or damage from contact with other jewelry.

  4. Avoid Harsh Environments: Avoid exposing your signet ring to harsh chemicals, extreme temperatures, or rough environments, as these can impact its appearance and structural integrity.

  5. Regular Inspections: Regularly inspect the ring for any loose gemstones, worn prongs, or signs of damage. If you notice any issues, bring it to us for prompt repairs to prevent further damage.

  6. Take It Off: While signet rings are durable, it's best to remove them when engaging in activities that could subject the ring to unnecessary stress or impact.

  7. Re-polishing: Over time, signet rings may develop small scratches or lose some luster. We offer professional re-polishing services to restore the ring's original shine.

By following these care tips and handling your signet ring with love and consideration, you can preserve its beauty and sentimental value for generations to come. Our team at The Hamilton Gold Company is here to assist you with any maintenance needs or questions you may have, ensuring your signet ring remains a cherished heirloom for years to come.


 

Summary

In this comprehensive guide to choosing the perfect signet ring, we've explored various aspects to help you make an informed decision. From selecting the ideal metal type, such as 9, 14, or 18ct gold, to considering different styles like oval, round, square, and cushion, we've covered it all. Engraving options, whether it's monograms, family crests, or military insignia, can add a personal touch to your ring. Additionally, the option to set stones like onyx, lapis lazuli, and more adds a touch of elegance. We've also provided guidance on wearing the ring on the appropriate finger, choosing the right size, and even the option for no engraving. Remember, with The Hamilton Gold Company, you can have the confidence of a perfectly customised signet ring that resonates with your style and holds significant sentimental value for generations to come.


For more information or to place an order, don't hesitate to contact us at The Hamilton Gold Company. Our expert team is ready to assist you in finding the perfect signet ring that embodies your unique style and preferences.


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