Exploring Signet Ring Metal Types

on Aug 09, 2023

Joe Jackson

Joe Jackson

Director | Family run jewellers specialising in bespoke & antique jewellery
Joe Jackson

Joe Jackson started his career in Jewellery in 2008, where he began working in his father’s shop in Marlow. After learning the ropes and gaining an in-depth knowledge of jewellery, he took over the business with his brother George. Now running our Maidenhead boutique he continues in his father’s footsteps.

Joe specialises in buying in beautiful antique and pre-loved pieces that are proudly displayed in all our boutiques. He’s also motivated to blend the traditional skills and craftsmanship with the demand for digital and online content by creating our website and sharing the day-to-day running of the business and workshops on social media.

Exploring Signet Ring Metal Types

Traditionally, signet rings were used to seal important documents with a family crest, but over time they have become a fashionable accessory. These rings come in an array of shapes, from cushion signet rings to oval signet rings, and they can be customised to your individual design preferences. It’s still common for people to have their signet rings engraved and they are often passed down through generations as family heirlooms. 

One aspect of signet rings that has evolved over time is the variety of metals used to craft these iconic rings. There are options available to suit all styles and budgets, and there are benefits to each metal type. Below we have explored some of the most popular metals used for signet rings today; yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, platinum and silver. 

Yellow Gold Signet Rings 

Yellow gold is a classic choice for signet rings due to its timeless appeal and intrinsic value. Typically, yellow gold jewellery ranges from 6 to 24 carat, however when purchasing signet rings, 9ct yellow gold and 18ct yellow gold are most common. Yellow gold is loved for its warm colouring that exudes a sense of luxury. 

Its resistance to rust, tarnish and corrosion makes high-quality gold a long-lasting choice and its malleability means it’s perfect for hand engraving a family crest or seal. It’s worth noting that the higher the carat, the softer the gold, which could lead to increased wear and tear over time.

White Gold Signet Rings 

For anyone looking for a more modern touch to this traditional ring, white gold is a great choice for signet rings. White gold is an alloy of pure gold mixed with silvery-white precious metals such as palladium or silver. The signet ring is also coated with a layer of rhodium to create a beautiful, long-lasting silver colour that has an excellent shine. 

Again, 9ct white gold and 18ct white gold are most popular for jewellery that is worn on a day-to-day basis, and they’re a durable option to explore. This sleek and contemporary metal provides an understated elegance and it perfectly complements other metals and stones.  

Rose Gold Signet Rings 

Rose gold signet rings offer a unique blend of vintage charm and modern style. The distinctive pinkish colour of rose gold is created by combining pure gold with copper metals. Whether you purchase a signet ring that’s made with 9ct rose gold or 18ct rose gold, it will have the same soft gold-tinged pink colour that is so popular these days. 

Lots of people purchase rose gold jewellery due to its romantic and warm tones that complement all skin tones. While rose gold offers the same durability as yellow and white gold, its copper content makes it slightly tougher and more resistant to scratches.

Platinum Signet Rings 

If you want a luxurious signet ring that will stand the test of time, platinum is the perfect metal for you. Platinum signet rings are heavier and more durable than other metals used in jewellery making, so they will look as good as new for years to come. In fact, platinum is one of the most hard-wearing metals available when purchasing signet rings. 

Platinum's natural white sheen doesn't fade with time and its hypoallergenic properties make it suitable for people with sensitive skin. However, this luxurious metal comes with a higher price tag, reflecting its rarity, durability and high demand.

Silver Signet Rings 

Last, but certainly not least, silver signet rings offer an affordable yet stylish option. Most commonly made from sterling silver, which is an alloy that has a high percentage of pure silver and is mixed with other meals like copper, silver signet rings can be a good choice due to their accessibility and ease of maintenance. 

Although slightly less durable and more prone to tarnish than gold or platinum, sterling silver still looks stunning. It has a lustrous white glow that adds a touch of sophistication to any outfit and its relative softness allows for intricate crest or seal engravings.

Ordering a Bespoke Signet Ring Online 

Ultimately, when purchasing a signet ring, the metal you choose will depend on factors such as personal style preferences, lifestyle and budget. There is a signet ring metal type to suit absolutely everyone. Regardless of whether you opt for yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, platinum or silver, we have a selection of signet rings to choose from at Anthony Paul Jewellery. You can browse an array of shapes and sizes on our website. 

Here at Anthony Paul Jewellery, all of our signet rings are made to order and we provide a hand-engraving service. Our team of skilled engravers specialise in different engraving styles and can add a personal touch to your jewellery, making your signet ring even more sentimental.  To find out more about creating a bespoke signet ring, explore our website or get in touch with us today. We will happily answer any questions you have.