Craft / December 2018

Rebus: Symbols of Significance

London-based jewellery label Rebus is renowned for its meticulously hand-crafted signet rings, each designed to express the individuality of its wearer.

Each of Rebus' incredible signet rings are handcrafted to be one-of-a-kind.

Jewellery has the potential to say a lot about its wearer. Functioning as a unique expression of personal identity, it’s deeply rooted in sentimentality, nostalgia and emotion, and whilst often overlooked as merely aesthetic accessory to one’s clothing, it represents far more. The designers and craftspeople at iconic jewellery label Rebus know this, and thus make it their mission to create timeless pieces that convey significant meaning to the individual. Signet rings are their cornerstone, with the team’s precious metal offerings lovingly die-stamped, handmade and hand-engraved at the brand’s newly refurbished in-house workshop in Hatton Garden, London’s famed jewellery quarter.

Rebus is renowned for its devotion to symbolism and as such, each signet ring is deeply entwined with heritage and identity. The brand’s motto, ‘non verbis sed rebus’ is a Latin phrase that translates to ‘not by words but by things’, which conveys the rebus principle - the practice of using symbols and pictures to represent the sounds of words. For thousands of years, people have used symbols on signet rings to express what matters most to them, and Rebus enables the continuation of this tradition, providing clients the opportunity to personalise their pieces with symbols unique to their experiences or identity. Family crests are a popular choice, but more unconventional requests are increasingly received: Rebus’ director (and one of the company’s original apprentices) Emmet Smith recalls one for an intricately detailed mountain scene (as once dreamt by a client) and another of a replica of a loved one’s tattoo.


Aobh O'Brien-Moody