NYU London Explores a Jewelry District Favorite: Rebus
If you’re looking for a piece of unique and stunningly crafted jewelry, look no further than Rebus. Rebus is best known for their signet rings which have a hand-carved design on the face to leave an impression in wax. they also make pendant necklaces and cufflinks.
I took a trip to London’s jewelry district to meet with Emmet Smith, the founder of Rebus, at their store to learn more about the company’s vision, their products and what goes into making each ring.
Rebus was founded over ten years ago and has since become one of the U.K.’s premier creators of high quality signet rings. What is central to Rebus’ jewelry is that everything is customizable and can transform an ordinary piece of jewelry into a personal memento. Rebus signet rings are high quality blank canvases – you tell the workshop what you’re looking for, and they help you create something truly beautiful.
Emmet showed me how they draw inspiration from stories close to customers’ hearts. Emmet keeps a book of Victorian crests catalogued by family name in the shop so that you can search for their surname and see their family crest. If ancestry isn’t your style, you can provide Rebus with a moodboard, and they will work with you to design an emblem which is truly your own.
Rebus caters to a range of ages and backgrounds, and their personalized rings reflect that. Emmet showed me a picture of two wedding rings that didn’t use a family crest, but instead an engraving designed by the couple. These rings were uniquely personal to them.
Rebus signet rings come in a variety of metals, shapes and sizes. Typically, they are worn on the pinky finger with the most common shape being the Oxford Oval. Other options include round, square or landscape oval faces. Rebus has gold, silver, white gold or rose gold options, and you can choose to have the face set with a stone. In the store, Emmet showed me examples of all the different options as well as the cufflinks and pendants that Rebus also makes.
Next, we went downstairs to the basement workshop where Emmet walked me through the process of creating their jewelry. Each step is done by hand, from the initial shaping all the way to the polishing. The hand carving is incredibly intricate; I watched as one of their craftsmen focused on engraving the sides of a ring with a tiny carver. While they are working, craftsmen make imprints to ensure that the depths and shapes of the crest look right. Each ring receives the utmost attention and care, and Rebus keeps you updated on the process to make sure you are in love with the final product. The ring is packaged with a stick of sealilng wax, so you can also use your stunning new piece of jewelry to seal letters or documents.
From the very beginning, Rebus is focused on providing you a unique work of art that has meaning to you. Whether you’re looking for a signet ring or something more subtle, such as a pendant necklace or pair of cufflinks, Rebus can take your ideas and story and transform them into something beautiful. If you’re studying in London, swing by their shop to find out more. Otherwise, you can certainly head over to Rebus' website!
Written by: Gabrielle Roehr