Signet ring engraving

A project I’ve been wanting to do a long time – to engrave a signet ring. So finally one client came along who wanted exactly that and I was more than happy to do it.

Ring itself is 925 sterling silver one and was very nicely engrave-able. As this was my first such project, it was learn-as-you-go process, and learn I did.

First thing is that the engraving has to be rather deep, so the wax impression has enough contour and relief. Too much fine detail isn’t needed, because it wouldn’t be transferred to wax anyway. Of course the fine detail doesn’t hurt, because then the ring itself looks good.

Here is the final result:

Engraved signet ring

Engraved signet ring

Wax impression close-up. The stars not having sharp and deep edges is because the wax doesn’t transfer all the fine detail in the engraving – it looks fine there.

Wax impression from signet ring

Wax impression from signet ring

Here are the checks I did during engraving to see what and where needs to be changed on the ring:

Signet ring and wax impressions

Signet ring and wax impressions

All in all a very interesting and educating project.

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