We have decided to start experimenting with video clips to answer frequently asked questions and our first one explains how a signet ring is engraved. It is a mesmerising process requiring skills honed over many years. Have a look for your self on Engraving a signet ring. or search under “myfamilysilver engraving a signet ring” in youtube.
As my children were keen to point out (“No offence Dad, but…”) I have a face for radio and a voice for the silent movies and, not being very keen on the hearing the sound of my own voice anyway, I found the recording of the voiceover excruciating. But I am very keen to show people why our signet rings are so well engraved. Our engraver is rather shy and forbade me from showing his face or revealing his name, but the actions of his hands speak for themselves. It takes a decade or so to acquire the skills to become a proficient seal engraver and the artistry required to turn a two dimensional image into a three dimensional mirror image is staggering.
Have a look at the film and see for yourself.