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  1. Signet Stories: Lovebirds in Tennessee

    Signet Stories: Lovebirds in Tennessee

    A moving love story plays out among the wetlands of Tennessee, with a one-of-a-kind wedding ring to tell Kara & E’s beautifully unique tale.

     

    As a teenager, the high school biology class was E's safe space: a teacher who cared, tasks that had clear-cut plans, and front-row tickets to the annual Great Blue Heron migration that flew across the wetlands behind the lab.  These regal and elegant creatures - intimidating and powerful - became a talisman to E.  Later after moving to Nashville, and spending time at Percy Priest Lake, they found that same comfort as herons would nest and fly over the reservoir.

    "Every time I see one take off I’m exhilarated."

     

    As fateful happenstance would have it, these majestic creatures were also their future wife Kara's favourite bird.  Spotting them all over Tennessee as their courtship blossomed, herons have become an enduring backdrop to their love story.  The symbolism of

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  2. Death. She comes for us all.

    Death. She comes for us all.

    During the 16th to 18th centuries, nowhere was this message more apparent than on the memento mori jewellery that adorned everyone from wealthy middle-class merchants to royalty. But contrary to popular belief, the symbolism behind these fascinating pieces owes less to the macabre and more to the celebration and veneration of life.

    Looking back to the early 1600s, contemplation of mortality was a prominent theme across art and literature. It was the age of Shakespeare's Hamlet soliloquising over the skull of Yoric, and of vanitas paintings - depicting skulls, melting candles, and rotting fruit - making their mark across the Netherlands and other European nations. With the average life expectancy a sobering 43 years of age, it's no wonder that this obsession with death took hold.

    At this time, memento mori jewellery becomes de rigueur. Translated from the Latin as 'remember you must die', rings, pendants and brooches bearing skull and crossbone

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  3. Gifting a Signet with a Secret

    Gifting a Signet with a Secret

    Big occasions require big gestures, and for Gail and her partner Sophie - both approaching significant birthdays - a matching pair of Rebus signet rings stood out as the ultimate in the art of gifting.

    Embarking on a consultation process with the Rebus in-house team, the couple were given guidance (and a little coaxing!) to create a gift they hoped would symbolise, "timelessness, intrigue, and quality".

    Working together with Rebus, they designed a ring that featured their beloved first dog Mabel standing over a bed of flowers - representing where they both come from - and their combined initials.

    But inside the ring lies something so intimately meaningful and unique to the couple that we aren't at liberty to share: a secret message engraved into the back of the bezel.

    "We can't tell you what it says

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  4. Signet Stories: James' Nautical Wedding Ring

    Signet Stories: James' Nautical Wedding Ring

    "When I started looking at wedding rings, I couldn't imagine myself wearing a normal band".

    Like his grandfather before him, James opted for a signet ring instead of a traditional wedding band.  A signet ring allowed him to connect his past with his present, and craft a legacy that he could pass down to his son.

    With no familial coat of arms, he embarked on a journey with Rebus to design a bespoke signet ring, choosing instead to detail the story of his courtship and marriage to his wife.

    The couple, who live and were married in Poole, chose a boat sailing on waves - drawn to resemble the lifeboats of Poole harbour - as a reminder of home and to symbolise their love for the sea. Continuing the nautical theme, their initials J and G were crafted into an anchor.  Three stars in the sky, representing husband, wife, and son, sit in the sky above a cherry tree - an ode to their wedding which took place in spring.

    For James, his signet ring

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  5. Meet the Team | Megan

    Meet the Team | Megan

    Meet the Team: Engraving Apprenctice, Megan Rigby

    Twenty-year-old British Academy of Jewellery student Megan is an engraving apprentice at Rebus.  Taking us behind the scenes of her five-year apprenticeship, she reveals how she’s already making waves with a prestigious award from the so-called Oscars of Jewellery, and how she’s learning to get things right and focus on the improvements, not the frustrations...

     

    How would you describe what you do?

    I’m an engraving specialist, focusing on seal engraving.

    What is it about the job that most appeals to you?

    For me, the most satisfying part of the job is spending a long time on a seal engraving, taking the wax impression at the end,

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  6. Meet the Team | Emmet Smith

    Meet the Team | Emmet Smith

    Emmet Smith, founder of Rebus, began his career as an apprentice for the official engravers of the FA Cup & Wimbledon Tennis Championships, before going on to set up Rebus now based in the heart of Hatton Garden. Today, Rebus runs its own apprenticeship scheme in partnership with the esteemed Goldsmiths Centre, training young engravers.

     

    We go behind the scenes and discover how his career has taken him from San Francisco to Centre Court, his fondness for fancy footwear, and how he's still learning along with the next generation of engravers.

     

    How would you describe what you do?

    Generally a facilitator.

     

    What is it about the job that most appeals to you?

    Building a creative environment

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  7. ENGRAVING WIMBLEDON

    ENGRAVING WIMBLEDON

    Rebus owner Emmet Smith is famous for his role as engraver of the winner’s trophy at the Wimbledon Championships.  It’s an image familiar to tennis fans since he took over the role from the now retired master engraver Roman Zoltowski; cameras cut away to Emmet carving into the trophy nameplates as soon as the men’s and women’s champions are decided.

    But it’s not just engraving the trophies.  Rebus also produces commemorative signet rings for Wimbledon players and others involved in the tournament.

    Earlier this year we gifted a set of

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  8. West Coast Trunk Shows | Spring 2020

    West Coast Trunk Shows | Spring 2020

    Rebus will be back on the road this Spring visiting the West Coast of the United States.  We are returning to two of our favourites places, LA and San Francisco, and we will also be making our debut visit to Seattle.

    Whether a self purchase gift to celebrate a landmark occasion, a surprise for a loved one, or a signature style statement - each signet ring is as distinct as it’s wearer.  The traditional signet ring, for which Rebus is renowned, will be available to try on in all face shapes, from Oxford oval to cushion, as well as sizes, metal types, and precious and semi-precious stones.

    During one-to-one appointments, clients will have a chance to browse our feature collection, and the Rebus team will be on hand to offer design advice and demonstrate some of Rebus’ engraving skills.

    If pieces are commissioned they will be produced by the team of hand-engravers, who are based in Rebus' flagship workshop in London’s famed jewellery quarter, Hatton Garden.  Once compl

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  9. REBUS TRUNK SHOW NYC 2019

    REBUS TRUNK SHOW NYC 2019

    The fourth in our popular series of US trunk shows and our second time in the Big Apple; Rebus will be coming back to NYC to host three days of design consultations this October.

    During one-to-one appointments, clients will have a chance to browse a feature collection of signet rings, cufflinks, and pendants and the Rebus team will be on hand to offer advice and demonstrate some of Rebus’ design and engraving skills. If pieces are commissioned, the final design will then be produced by the team of hand-engravers, who are based in Rebus' flagship workshop in London’s famed jewellery quarter, Hatton Garden. Once completed, these special jewellery pieces will be delivered to their new owners.

    The Trunk Show will take place Thursday 24th October to Saturday 26th October at the Nomad

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  10. The Language of Flowers

    The Language of Flowers

    The symbolic language of flowers has been recognised for centuries throughout Europe and Asia. The Victorians were particularly good at deciphering their layered meanings, delving into mythologies, folklore, sonnets and plays of the ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, and Chinese to unearth a treasure-trove of unspoken, perfumed words. We’ve taken a leaf from their book and enjoyed compiling for you a little peek into this secret garden. If this plants a seed of interest in you, get in touch with our team to find out more.

      

    Rose

    Romance, passionate love, friendship, joy

    Where else could we start in our run down of top flower motifs? The Rose is of course one of the most classic of floral icons with myriad cul

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