The Lord of the Vintage Rings Vo.1: Beginner’s guide to deciphering hallmarks and ring engravings
As a vintage collector and aficionado, I’ve been intrigued by the history and symbolism behind jewellery for even longer than I’ve been collecting it. Interpreting hallmarks is where a jewel’s exploration begins, while engravings are what really tell its story. Rings, in particular, are loaded with meaning and significance and are known to be the most intimate jewel that we wear since ancient Egyptian times. They’ve been in existence for over six thousand years, appearing in almost every culture of the world and serving various purposes, both practical and symbolic.