The Bentley & Skinner signet ring is meticulously handcrafted and hand finished in our Mayfair premises using traditional techniques that demand the highest level of skill and expertise. Our signet rings are die stamped and hand forged rather than the more common practice of casting the metal into shape.
A rolled blank sheet of gold or other precious metal is placed between specially shaped dies and, when subjected to great weight when the hammer is dropped, is cut and compressed to its desired shape, resulting in a sharp and extremely dense result. This is similar to the process used by the Royal Mint to manufacture coins. The flat profile is then annealed and forged by one of our expert goldsmiths into a blank signet ring ready for engraving. The forging hardens the precious-metal resulting in an incredibly strong signet ring with a superb finish.
Casting metal on the other hand gives it a coarse texture, reducing its strength and durability and making it far more difficult to buff the ring for engraving. Not only is our final product from the stamping visually superior to the method of casting (where the gold is melted and poured into a mould to solidify), but the compressed metal from the stamping presents a much more sharply defined engraving. The classic Bentley & Skinner die-stamped signet ring also makes for a far more durable heirloom enabling the ring to be passed through many generations.
1. Create Your Own Signet Ring
Explore the steps to create a customised Bentley & Skinner signet ring. Once you have decided on the elements of your unique ...Read More
2. About the Bentley & Skinner Signet Ring
Offering the best of British tradition and understated elegance, Bentley & Skinner have been supplying signet rings since 1880.Read More
3. The History Of The Signet Ring
In its most simple definition, the signet ring’s name originates from the Latin word signum, meaning sign.Read More
5. Signet Ring Engraving
The finishing touch to any signet ring is the engraving. Bentley & Skinner are proud to have access to the UK’s finest hand ...Read More
6. Heraldry & Coats Of Arms
Designed to be proud and powerful, the coat of arms is somewhat shrouded in mystery and allure, but remains a popular choice ...Read More
7. The Etiquette Of Wearing A Signet Ring
The traditional way to wear a signet ring it to wear it on the little finger of the non-dominant hand. Thus, the standard is for the ring ...Read More