The Collection

The collection draws on ancient heraldry and the ecclesiastical rings of the late medieval period. Where contours have been reinterpreted or new elements have been brought in, they have been done so through a clean, modernist perspective seeking to minimise embellishment and unnecessary motifs.

 

The Band

Fresh and understated and with an engraving inspired by carvings into sandstone, the band ring differentiates itself from the collection for its fusion of simpler aesthetic sources. A ring that renews a perennial design: it is simple, modern and discreet, and yet manages to distinguish and celebrate your achievement.

The engraving is fundamental to the band ring and since every band ring is made to commission and individually crafted, our craftsmen have the opportunity to produce an engraving perfectly balanced to be both luxurious and restrained. Each letter is individually and precisely cut into the precious metal band, ensuring legibility and resulting in a finish that is both distinct and discreet.

Never crude, never loud, the band is an exquisite meeting of words and materials, imbued with your distinctive personality.

Combined with a subtle inside inscription these engravings will distil and honour your achievement.

 

The Signet

Few pieces of jewellery can match the history of the signet. Of all designs of ring, it has been the one that has been worn continuously and that has maintained its symbolic value. From its earliest days, when few could write and the seals they bore were a distinguishing mark essential for governance and business, it has continued to endure. And in each age the signet has been reinterpreted; through the middle ages when heraldic shields and coats of arms were introduced, and on into the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries when they became a symbol of gentlemanly ascensions to fortune by sword and wit and were venerated as heirlooms, to more recent reinterpretations when the signet has come to symbolise present-day moments of celebration and achievement.

Our signet design is firmly woven into these traditions. It stands above seasons and trends and continues to complement any occasion and style. In the spirit of our own times, our Graduation signet is simple, limiting the inscription to the bezel around the shield and the option of two discreet side panels referencing your degree on each shoulder of the ring. Utmost it has been designed to be beautiful and clearly express your achievement.

 

The Imperial

The history of the imperial ring dates back to the Roman times when it was used as a mark of honour and distinction. Unlike the signet, the imperial ring was always gold and set with a stone that had not been engraved. The shape of the ring, a circle reflecting endlessness, was also a sign of inviolable loyalty, and for centuries no ecclesiastical occasion was complete without the presence of the imperial ring.

Finally from the early 20th century, inspired by Art Deco and Modernism, the designs were revived and simplified: becoming more geometric, the lines clean and bold, the symbolism muted. So that eventually the rings themselves became valued for the meaning given them, not by interest groups, but by the individuals that wear them.

Our Imperial design, liberated from the rings traditional allusions, celebrates your achievement in the life and brilliance of the stone, while preserving the intrinsic qualities of its imposing classical shape, one recognizable to all generations.

The result it is a design that offers a rare fusion of colour and meaning.

The Imperial's Stone

A belief in the power of stones to influence fortune and health arose very early in our history. To the ancients their rarity and beauty created the belief that they were derived from heaven and endowed the wearer with supernatural defences against misfortune. Today the belief that stones are connected to the heavens continues is some way in the use of gems as birthstones.

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Annotated Design Projects

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Annotated Design Projects

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The Story of Annotated’s Education Collaboration 

Originally created by three friends at the University of Oxford looking for a different, but elegant way to celebrate and cherish their undergraduate memories,

this project goes back to the beginnings of the small design studio that proceeded our company.

Since those earliest days, Annotated has stood for the idea that, by making things well, we could imbue our products with a sense of soul.You can feel it the moment you touch one of our Signet rings.

And being the children of university lecturers and teachers it was natural for us to combine this with the notion of celebrating educaiton and studying for its own sake.

Over the years, the Annoted graduation ring has become our definition of one-of-a-kind and bespoke: completely made-to-order in collaboration with its owner and crafted by hand from precious metals.

Whether a graduand is someone who typically is interested in finr jewllery or not.

Please note, custom-made items cannot be returned but can be cancelled within seven days of order confirmation when production is still at an early stage.


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