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Where they come from

The origins of Crest Rings

Signet or crest rings have been around for years. The history of the crest ring dates back to the 1800’s when the wearing of a legacy ring engraved with a family crest was worn to indicate which family line you represent, or which king’s authority you had access to, and for whom you can enter into a covenant. 

Our studio has been privileged to design some of the most incredible crest rings. This has proved to be one of the most effective ways to design people's stories and we are loving it.


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1. Ring size 

It's very important that we have the correct ring size. You can measure it at your closest jewellery store or in our Miinella Studio. Alternatively, you can use our ring size measuring guide.

4. Crest, Symbols and its meaning

Now for the fun part! Designing your own legacy ring consists of finding symbols and meanings of what you would want to represent with your crest. We have compiled a list of commonly used symbols and their meanings for your perusal. You are also more than welcome to choose any other symbols and designs that are not featured on our list. 

The great thing about this process is that YOU get to tell us what you want the ring to symbolise and we collaborate in creating your very own unique crest ring... How cool is that?!

6. Production

When starting production, your plain 3D design is printed in wax and then casted in your precious metal of choice. Once this has been done your ring is polished, finished, engraved and on it's way to you. Make you mark. Leave your legacy.

5. 3D Design

We will manufacture a plain signet ring in the shape of your choice and lazer engrave all the details right at the end. Our lazer engraving can be deep engraved and all the details are captured so precisely and beautifully.

2. Shape

There are different elements to consider when designing a legacy jewellery piece, the first is to define the item you would like and then the shape. Our most popular shape is oval, but some other options you can consider are a cushion cut, smaller oval, rounded square, etc.

3. Metal type

The most frequently used metal is solid 9ct gold as it is a hard, durable and luxurious metal choice. It could be made in Yellow, White or Rose gold to make quite the statement. Sterling silver is another option for signet rings, however it is prone to scratch more easily than gold as it is a softer metal. We also manufacture in Sterling Silver, Oxidized Silver (Black on the inside).

1. Determine Your Ring Size

2. Choose Your Shape

3. Choose Your Metal

4.  Choose your symbols and create your own family crest

Your crest can consists out the following symbols with their meanings that we have compiled for your perusal down below. 

You are also more than welcome to choose any other symbols and designs that are not featured on this list.

5.  3D design

We will manufacture a plain signet ring in the shape and size of your choice. Choose whether you would like a regular or inverse engraving.

6. Production

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the estimated cost of a crest ring?

In general, prices for a crest ring in sterling silver can vary between R5000-R8000 depending on shape, size and design.

When made in 9ct gold, costs usually vary between R11 000 - R23 000, just depending on the shape, size, and amount of metal used.

Do I have to pay extra for the design?

For a customised ring on top of the ring, the price is included. Any side designs, If you have an existing design or something simple in mind we can work it into the quote. If it is a more complex design an extra fee of R400/hour will be charged.

How long does it take to make a crest ring?

Production usually takes 4-6 weeks to complete the product.

In what shapes can crest rings be made?

As our crest rings are customised, we can manufacture it in any shape you would like. The most common shapes are Oval, Cushion, Round, Rounded Square.

 Are there specific sizes for crest rings?

Although our rings are customized and can be made in any size of your choice, we do have few general sizes that works well.

Oval - 17mm x 15mm

Small Unisex Oval - 14mm x 11mm 

Rectangular Cushion - 17x15mm

Rounded Square - 17mm x 17mm

Round - 17mm x 17mm

What Our Customers Think

A few of our absolute favourite reviews from previous clients who have purchased a bespoke Miinella Legacy Ring.