The use of signet seals is a very early example of humankind’s attempt for self-definition. From antiquity to this day, princes and officials, merchants and craftsmen have left their mark on the material culture of their time through their particular emblems, sealed on ancient objects. At the same time, their seals survive the test of time as found during excavation in various types (seals, cylinder seals, signet rings).
Of the various types of seals, signet rings are considered the most luxurious. Often made with precious materials, they always secured the owner a prestigious public image. The use of signet rings is well recorded during a long period that starts from the Minoan age and spreads up to the recent years. Such a recent example from Crete is tis 19th c. signet ring of from the village of Paranymfoi, Monofatsion, Heracleion prefecture, now held in the Historical Museum of Crete. The object is made of silver and bears an oval bezel with the inscription «1882 ΧΡΙΣΤ†». A precise copy of the jewel is available for sale by the IMC, with dimensions customizable.