Heraldry is the academic study of coats-of-arms worn by European nobility in Medieval times. From then on, heraldry also blossomed into a system of identification for people affiliations with various characteristics. Even though heraldry is approximately one thousand years old, it is still very much in use. Subsequently, symbol-rich shields have also been used to denote regions, nations and guilds. Heraldry is based on the following parameters:
During the twelfth century, shields worn by knights fighting in court tournaments and actual battles were decorated with visual patterns and motifs, which followed a rigid rule-set for colours, proportions and text compositions. The arms helped identify the particular knight, obscured as he was by full-body armour.
Compositions were based on the ancestral line of a given individual, perhaps with some minor concessions and details with regards to the symbolism.
The decoration was represented by the graphics in the form of coats of arms.
Historical heraldry is still a way to obtain information about the social symbolism of families or individuals.
The company logo is the Rosenkrantz family’s coat of arms, which is nearly 1000 years old. This tells the tale of a Danish Viking prince, who in 650 AD ventured across the seas “here, he fell in love with an English princess. The two royal families are symbolised by the crowned lions; the chessboard symbolises the Viking’s adventurous journey.
A signet ring is one of the most essential pieces of jewellery a person can own and wear. Traditionally, it is the individual seal, which was historically set as a mark of (legal) authenticity. Whether used to seal hot wax on an envelope or worn for identification purposes and proof of family lineage, a signet ring demands the utmost in detailed craftsmanship.
Rosenkrantz takes great pride in creating these pieces of art, whether designing or re-designing your personal coat-of-arms, emblem, monogram or signet.
Rosenkrantz experienced craftsmen work exclusively with the finest materials. All Rosenkrantz signet jewellery rings, cuff-links and seals are handmade in Italy. Contact Rosenkrantz for a personal consultation.