Traditional English signet rings since 1849
Our beautiful signet rings are exclusively supplied by Hancocks of London, the world famous firm of English jewellers. The Hancocks' story began over 160 years ago in Victorian London when they opened their first shop on the corner of Bruton and Bond Street. They quickly acquired a magnificent reputation, becoming leading purveyors of fine jewellery and silver, winning medals for excellence at International exhibitions and earning royal warrants from many crowned heads of Europe, including Queen Victoria. In 1856, Hancocks was chosen to produce the Queen's new medal for gallantry, the Victoria Cross. This is an honour proudly upheld by the firm to this day from their premises in London's famous Burlington Arcade.
Hancocks have supplied gold and gem set signet rings and cufflinks since 1849, making the firm probably the world's longest continuous supplier of these traditional English jewels. Today, wherever you are, you can join that history by ordering the classic style Oxford oval signet ring engraved with your family crest directly from Hancocks at myfamilysilver.com.
As you would expect, Hancocks can also make almost any type of signet ring or cufflink for you including stone set, cushion shape, square or even enamelled. So if you want to discuss a special order please do not hesitate to contact the shop below.
52-53 Burlington Arcade, London, W1J 0HH
Selecting your precious metal
Gold is the traditional choice for signet rings. Our rings are produced in 9ct, 14ct and 18ct gold. For information on which standard of gold to choose click here. 18ct gold is the most popular option with our customers.
We also produce rings in rose gold and white gold. These variations are achieved by alloying gold with other metals, usually palladium and silver for white gold and nickel, copper and zinc for rose gold.
White precious metal signet rings are another popular option. Silver can be used as a cost effective option but it will tarnish and is not particularly durable. Platinum is a much more durable metal, it produces a beautiful, lightweight ring which will not tarnish.
Traditional seal engraving can be done directly on to all of these precious metals. However some people prefer to have a stone set ring. For examples click here
Which ever precious metal you choose your ring will be skilfully crafted in our workshops with the utmost care and attention to detail.
Which standard of gold should I choose for my ring?
We are often asked which type of gold is best for a signet ring. Apart from price, the difference between 9ct, 14ct and 18ct gold is the standard of gold purity. 18ct gold is the most popular option with our customers.
9ct gold is 37.5% pure gold, 14ct is 62.5% pure gold and 18ct is 75% pure gold.
The rest is a mixture of metals to give strength, durability and colour (particularly for white gold) to the alloy.
All standards of gold display a crisp and detailed seal engraving and all our rings will give more than a lifetime's service.
However, as gold is a relatively soft metal, over time 14ct and 18ct gold rings may show more wear than 9ct. They are also richer or more "golden" in colour as the gold content is higher.
Interestingly, this is an appearance which gradually increases over many years as the pure gold migrates to the surface of the ring.
Can I visit Hancocks to try rings on?
Of course you are very welcome.
52-53 Burlington Arcade, London, W1J 0HH
The shop is open weekdays 10am-5.30pm and Saturdays 11am-5pm
How long will it take to make my ring?
Your ring will be finished and delivered within 30 days, although Hancocks will always try to meet tighter deadlines.
Can I have a message engraved as well?
Yes, a personal message or date can be engraved inside the band of the ring, see the order page for details.
Can I have a different style of ring?
Yes, of course. Almost anything is possible!
What about Delivery?
Delivery is by Royal Mail Special Delivery and costs from £7.50 within the UK.
Overseas delivery is by international shipper at a variable charge - this will be shown on your basket page.
All deliveries in the UK and overseas are fully insured.
How is it packaged?
Every ring comes beautifully boxed by Hancocks and with a wax impression of its seal engraving for you to keep.
If I am not happy with my ring can I return it?
As your ring will be made, sized and engraved especially for you, you will understand that Hancocks cannot offer a full refund, credit or exchange if you have second thoughts. However, they will refund, or credit, the prevailing value of the precious metal if the ring is returned to them within 28 days.
Of course, in the very unlikely event that your ring is damaged or faulty, Hancocks will offer you a full refund, exchange or credit so long as the ring is returned to them in an unused condition within 28 days.
Hancocks also cannot guarantee that your ring will be the perfect size. If necessary ask for a a ring sizer by post before placing your order. Hancocks will re-size returned rings for free within 7 days, or later for a minimum charge of £35.00.