Here, each ring is soldered, bent into shape and polished before the engraving begins. And what makes Rebus stand out to many of the clientele is the opportunity to see the process of this craft, with the workshop located downstairs from the showroom. Another great appeal is then the fact each individual can have a design that’s unique to them engraved on the face of the ring. While a simple design takes the craftsmen just four or five hours to engrave, another design could take up to three entire days.
Nine or 18-karat rose, yellow and white gold rings in a series of shapes, from the Oxford oval to marquise, are engraved with the client’s bespoke design, or set with gemstones such as Sardonyx before the mark is made. These marks range from crests and coats of arms to designs relating to the client’s own life and interests. And these signet rings can then be complemented some of the jeweler’s keeper rings, which are designed to fit against the oval signets, and come set with rubies, sapphires and diamonds.
“I think the fashion industry has latched onto signet rings,” Emmet explains, “because we’re now seeing the trend going towards chunkier jewelry. And at the same time, they’re items people can wear every day; these rings are timeless and well-made, and people can put their own mark on them.” As Rebus sees burgeoning interest in their signet rings, there seems to be no disputing the increasing appreciation for good craftsmanship and timeless style.