Victorian Signet Ring Bloodstone Bees Landsdowne 18k Gold

I like to rock a signet ring now and again. I may or may not make up elaborate family histories whenever a stranger comments on it (which is often). If I was rocking this particular signet, I would tell a tale of it being passed down through the generations by my late Great-great Uncle, the Marquise of Landsdowne.

“See,” I would say, “here’s our family crest, a hive of busy bees with the words ‘Virtute, non verbis’.”

“Oh, it means ‘by virtue, not by words’,” I’d explain, “what can I say, we’re do-er’s.”

If I had longer to spin my yarn I might flesh it out a bit, tell my ancestors deeds, of how we were Navy people going back to the 12th century, maybe throw in a pirate story or two. After all, who doesn’t like a good tale of intrigue on the high seas?

This marvelous signet ring was handcrafted in Birmingham, England in 1856. It is set with a carved bloodstone seal which boast an active beehive and the words ‘Virtute Non Verbis’. The seal is set into a smooth ring of 18 karat gold with a wonderful weight and soft, silky feel. Inside the band of this size 7.5 ring are the hallmarks for Birmingham, England and the date code H for the year 1856, it also has an ’18’ for the gold content and the makers mark ‘HA’. This ring measures 15 mm north to south and 13 mm across, the stone itself measures 11.8 mm north to south and 9.9 mm across. The ring sits 3.1 mm off the finger and narrows to 3 mm at the back of the band, it weighs 5.7 grams.

If you’re looking for some instant ancestry, a signet ring is a perfect place to start. Even if it’s not your family, history is history, am I right?

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Item ID: RGA23612VA



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