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Jewelry Blog: Jewelry Tips
Jewelry Engraving Tips
Depth is a crucial consideration in jewelry engraving - not just in the depth of your message, but in the depth of the cut. Engraving that goes deep into the metal is usually less prone to wear than shallower engraving. Since the whole idea of engraving jewelry is to have an everlasting message that can be easily read, or a beautiful pattern than can be easily seen, be sure to discuss durability issues with your engraver.

Engraving Techniques

Hand engraving and machine engraving are the two types of engraving available. Hand engraving is done with a graver. A graver is a chisel-like tool and good hand engravers are adept at inscribing different intricate text styles and symbols. Machine engraving works with a computer or templates and an engraving machine. The types of text styles may be limited in some machine engraving operations, however, machine engraving is often less expensive than hand engraving.

1. Choose by the look rather than by the method

Both types of engraving are usually still quite affordable, so it is often best to check out both options and select the type of engraving you want based on how it looks rather than by the particular method used. Machine engravers as well as hand engravers will have samples of lettering and other designs to help you decide on the look you want for your piece of jewelry.

2. Make sure your piece of jewelry is suitable for engraving

Be sure that the piece of jewelry you choose to have engraved has a large enough surface to contain the engraving work you want. For example, ring bands should be wide enough to contain all parts of the design or lettering with even spacing. A too-crowded look can ruin the look of the piece. Don't be shy - get the engraver's advice!

Meaningful Messages

While engraving names and dates is popular and can be very touching, don't be afraid to be even more expressive and creative when having jewelry engraved for a loved one.

1. Be sure your message suits the wearer, the occasion and the piece

Wedding rings can be engraved with a single word that holds special meaning for the couple. The message you choose for a relative's graduation will certainly be quite distinct from the one you choose for your husband or wife for your 25th anniversary. Remember that the message you choose will hopefully last for generations, so be sure to give your choice of engraving a lot of thought. .

2. Personalize the jewelry in an expressive and thoughtful way

Keeping #1 above in mind, don't be afraid to be sentimental. For example, if a couple shares a special phrase, the message can be shared even more by having one half of the message engraved on each wedding ring. Engraving pet names or nicknames is another good way of personalizing jewelry if the recipient likes the name. If you share no special name or phrase, express something heartfelt and thoughtful that shows your feelings for the wearer and you can't go wrong!
Posted by Sheri L at 5:25 PM - Link to this entry  Share this entry
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