In the world of vintage collecting and selling, sometimes you get lucky and pieces literally fall into your lap. Ok, maybe not literally. But it’s like the find their way to you. Like there’s some cosmic attraction and even though you weren’t looking for a Victorian signet ring that was likely converted from a cufflink and has a lovely sentiment engraved inside, one ends up in your hands.
What We Love About It: Can we just say two words? Engraved sentiment. This ring was likely made as a gift for the previous owner, consisting of a cufflink (likely, gold-filled) and a plain band, engraved with the following on the inside of the ring shank: My Happiness February 18, 1967. It doesn’t get much sweeter than that. And with an open area on the head of the ring that’s just crying out for an engraved initial, you can literally make your own mark on it, while honoring the life its already lived.
The Deets: While the shank of the signet ring is likely from the 1960’s, based on the engraving, we’re pretty sure the ring head is from the Victorian era, and was likely a cufflink in its previous life. The shank is stamped 14kt gold, but we feel that the ring head, which is hand engraved with folate detail, may be gold-filled, based on the lead solder used to attach it to the band. It’s currently a size US 4.5 but could easily be sized (although it will alter the engraving if you choose to do so) by our jeweler (see above for pricing and details) or by yours.
We love the idea of carrying around someone’s true happiness and impressing our own upon it at the same time. Are you up for the task?