One of the simplest ways by far, to personalise an item of jewellery and make it truly unique, is by the addition of an engraving onto or inside the item of jewellery. Engraving has traditionally been achieved by hand, or by machine to literally carve away the metal to produce a line of text, or a date, with certain restrictions on where the engraving lies, and how much you are able to say. Over the last few years we have been providing an additional service whereby an item of jewellery can be laser engraved, with quite literally any symbol, word or character on either the inside or the outside of a piece of jewellery, with astounding results.
Amongst the commissions we have received have been engagement rings laser engraved with Chinese and Japanese, and an ancient Egyptian piece of literature engraved around a pair of matching wedding rings. One of our most popular requests has to be the laser engraving of Roman Numerals, which are etched into the ring, by laser in deep crisp contrast to the outer ring surface. The addition of two small diamonds as separators is a beautiful additional detail which we can also provide.
There are few considerations to bare in mind before considering having a ring or item of jewellery laser engraved. These are listed as follows.
Ring size – Certain size reductions where sizes are incorrect can result in the engraving needing to be polished off, following resize and re-applied at additional cost.
Scale – Although laser engraving can scale down to the size of a hair, it should be remembered that you need this to be legible, or the engraving becomes that much more of a secret! Perhaps also consider increasing the same font on a matching men’s wedding ring to a larger size in proportion with the ring. Such a detail can be provided by our engraver, who is happy to work to a “what looks best” approach when working on each commission.
Spacing – Wording has to be spaced to avoid such details as stone settings, and hallmarking. On the outside of a ring, where a small section of an engraving is provided, but where the design might look best all of the way around, we can repeat the engraving, and scale it to be equally spaced around the outside of the ring. This we have done many time, with a latin phrase, engraved twice, with a small separator between the duplicated phrase.
Diamonds – These can be incorporated and make beautiful spacers between sections of engraving. Consider perhaps a small 1.3mm diamond flush set on the centre line of the ring, between words, or between the wedding date in Roman Numerals.
Font – Quote us any font you require, and this can be replicated on the item of jewellery, along with your specific choice of wording. If you choose a font from a Mac or PC this is again no problem as we work from both. Where difficult fonts are chosen, we would ask you to forward by email to us the TTF file for the font, that would be passed across to our engraver.
Item – We can engrave most items, and also offer the service to other retailers and clients where they have their own piece of jewellery and require the engraving alone.
Choice of Words – Your choice of words might not be the detail that adds impact to the engraving, but the words themselves. An example of this would be a ring we laser engraved recently where for a special occasion, a piece of jewellery was presented to the mother, containing a small message from the young daughter, hand written and copied into the engraving in perfect detail. Where a particular font just does not get quite personalised enough, this makes a perfect solution and a timeless reminder of sentiment.
Theme – The theme of the engraving has the greatest impact and can be decided by the wording or characters alongside the occasion the wording is chosen for. To further elaborate on this, take for example the theme of a wedding. This can be carried further by engraving the wedding date into the ring, or by adding a very personal set of words. We have engraved, couple’s own nick-names for each other, and for one couple that met online, their log-in names for the dating website that they met through. We have even worked into an engraving, diamonds in place of a letter “o” adding that extra special secret detail on the inside of the ring.
Timescale – Timescale is important and our engraver is often piled high with work, so please allow us up to two weeks to arrange the engraving, a few days for any setting work where diamonds are requried, and another few days for refinishing where polishing is required to take out minor scratches picked up during the engraving process. It is therefore wise to allow approx. 3 weeks for work to be done and ready to come back to you.
One of the questions we do get asked, is how a client conveys to us the engraving that they require. If someone forwards to us a ring for us to engrave, we would ask that the wording, and font, or image and font are included in a letter, or emailed across to us following an online order of a wedding ring. The payment can be arranged at the very end before the work is sent out.
Further to the above, we offer many further services, for even more unique engravings, such as fingerprints, where we recommend a clear print being forwarded such as those from the inkless fingerprint kits (see our online link)
Many of the costs, and a wide range of example images can be found on our information page on laser engraving to be found on our website.