Last of the engravers: Jewellery as personal as a signature
Neil Oliver has been engraving rings by hand all his working life.
The practice of wearing a family crest or motto and using it to press seals into wax for letters and official documents, is a tradition that goes back thousands of years.
Yet fewer than 20 people in Britain still engrave by hand.
The process involves making a miniature carving that is both back to front, and inside out - an art which has largely been phased out by machinery.
Neil says that although the new process is faster, it means the inscribed rings are not unique, as a personal signature should be.
BBC News went to meet Neil at his home and studio in the Scottish Highlands.
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