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How Do I Find My Family Crest?

We can help with this by looking in our library of Heraldic books. We use Fairbairn’s Book of Crests. There are many editions of this unique reference book which was first published in 1859. You can normally find a copy in your local library, should you wish to do your own research. Most family crests are detailed in this book and we would be more than happy to send the options to you by email.


Or you can visit the website and fill out the Crest Finder form:


Your family crest can be engraved on your signet ring either in reverse or for sight. The traditional way is in reverse so that it is the correct way when it is pressed into wax to make a seal. This is where the term seal engraving comes from.

What is the Difference Between 9ct and 18ct Gold

The Main Differences Between 9ct and 18ct Gold.

Fine gold content:

• 18 carat gold contains twice as much fine gold by proportion (750ppt vs 375ppt)

• 18 carat gold is approximately 40% heavier.

• 18 carat gold contains over 2.6 times as much fine gold as a 9 carat product of the same size/volume. That is to say, don’t expect that if you have two identical items in 9 and 18 carat gold, the 18 carat one has twice as much gold, this is not the case.

Other properties:

• Tarnish resistance – 18 carat gold is more resistant to tarnishing and other chemical attack than 9 carat gold. This is because silver and copper, which constitute a larger proportion of 9 carat gold, oxidises more readily than gold.

• Hardness – An issue on which there is much discussion. It is often claimed that 9 carat gold is harder than 18 carat, but this does not mean it is more durable. Gold rings can give many years of wear – a ‘soft’ 22 carat ring can easily last for more than 50 years, and the wearer can appreciate the fine colour and lustre of almost fine gold for the whole of that time!

By Bella Pritchard-Barrett

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