Last updated on April 15, 2020
Ring engraving usually has a special meaning to those who do it. It doesn’t just have to be for wedding rings, but for any special occasion too. Regardless of whether it is a promise, engagement or a wedding ring, or just a gift for your loved one, there are questions to answer before engraving a ring.
Consider the Ring’s Width
The first thing to consider is the width of the ring because if it is not thick enough there wouldn’t be much space to put all the text you want.
Take a good look at the ring you want to get engraved and see how much space you have available for the engraving.
As a general rule, the width should not be less than 3mm as the most engravers won’t be able to work on such a small space. Even if you find a jeweller who can work on a small territory, be aware that the result might not be that satisfactory.
To achieve the best result and have a good inscription size choose a width of 5-7mm.
And last but not least, always ask for the jeweller’s opinion and discuss the possible options.
Check If the Ring Fits Well
Before engraving a ring you should make sure it fits well on your finger or on the finger of the person who is supposed to wear it.
This is a very important thing to consider in advance as if a ring is engraved and it turns out to be too big or small, it should be resized. In such a case the engraving will be ruined because it needs to be removed before the resizing process.
Of course, you can have the ring engraved afterwards, but you will pay double price for the same process, and the deletion of the first engraving will remove some metal form the ring which will weaken its structure anyway.
Choose the Engraving Method
Engraving method may seem to be a technical matter that is the jeweller’s concern. In practice, you should choose the engraving method yourself.
The engraving method used will determine what symbols and fonts can be engraved as well as the level of precision the engraver can achieve.
There are three engraving methods used to inscribe messages on rings: machine, hand and laser engraving.
In machine engraving, your ring is inscribed using a template or a pattern and a corresponding sharp tool. This method allows you to choose one of the fonts offered at the jewellery store, so the choice is quite limited.
The engraving is typically not that deep but the letters are more precise than hand engraving.
Hand engraving is the oldest available method that has been around for thousands of years. Since it’s done by hand, the letters are imperfect but they have a unique artistic charm.
However, hand engraving allows the freedom of your imagination, and you are not limited to specific fonts and templates.
As hand engraved symbols are usually deeper than machine engraved letters, your message will definitely last longer.
This is also a perfect method for harder metals such as tungsten, titanium and stainless steel. Laser engraving is used to engrave diamonds as well.
Think About the Message You Want to Be Engraved
It is very important to be realistic about what you can have engraved on your ring.
You can have in mind some fancy symbols and fonts, but the jeweller may not have the technical capability to achieve the desired result. That is why if you want something other than a simple text, you should ask your engraver if this is achievable.
Remember that some fancy symbols can be engraved only using a modern laser engraving machine, so you need either revise your expectations or choose a jeweller that has all the necessary equipment.
How Long Should Be the Engraving?
It’s important to understand that most jewellers will be able to put just a few words onto a small space. Inscribing your entire love story won’t be possible.
Some jewellers using modern technology may be able to write longer sentences, but such engravings will be hard to read anyway.
It is recommended to choose a message that is short and includes the most important things you want to say.
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