Jewelry and Watch Engraving FAQ
Monday, March 2nd, 2020
Jewelry and Watch Engraving FAQ

Engraving elevates jewelry, watches or other decorative with personalized, one-of-a-kind memories. For the gift giver, it can also offer a way to send a very meaningful message to the recipient—whether that be a spouse, loved one, grandchild, friend or top performing employee. What better way to commemorate an event than with a custom message etched permanently in a memorable gift?

What is engraving?
Jewelry and watch engraving are highly skilled techniques which require special tools and specialized training. With engraving, an engraver adds irreversible marks to the surface of the chosen object. Making the choice to have an engraving done is similar to deciding on a tattoo! Engraving can be as simple as a monogram, or as complex as a portrait. The real benefit to engraving, is the option for customization. Whether you’re choosing from a series of offered designs or typography, or you want to request something completely original, you’ll be personalizing a beloved ring, bracelet, watch, or necklace pendant, with a stamp that makes it all the more yours.

How is engraving done?
Engraving can be completed by three methods. Rotary engraving uses a tiny handheld rotating drill bit, laser engraving employs a strong laser beam and hand engraving can be described as painting with metal tools.

Rotary engraving can be completely dictated by the hand of the engraving artist, or it can be programmed by a design that has been entered into a computer and mechanically reproduced. With a rotary engraving tool, the drill bit will need to be regularly replaced because the artist will want to keep the sharpest possible point to achieve detailed designs. The weight of the lines within the design can only be the width of the bit, so it’s important that the artist choose carefully, and even consider using different sized bits in one design. Rotary engraving is not recommended for glass objects.

Laser engraving is the technique of using a high-powered beam, programmed into and carried out by a computer. The width and intensity of the laser beam can be easily and non-mechanically adjusted, therefore allowing for a variety of line weights and depths in the engraving. Any material can be engraved by a laser, including glass, plastic, and even paper!

Hand engraving is a talent completed by highly skilled artists who can create almost anything you can dream. A hand engraver carefully removes metal with their hand and tool pressing upon the item to be engraved. Very few hand engraving artists remain, and this technique is the most expensive type of engraving, but it delivers gorgeous results.

Rotary, laser or hand engraving are appropriate for metal and stone, but only a laser is powerful enough to engrave a diamond.

What might you want to have engraved into jewelry or a watch?

The sky is the limit when it comes to what can be engraved on your jewelry or watch! Initials are a common choice, as well as dates. They might mark any type of union, such as an engagement, wedding, or a milestone anniversary. They could also reflect a baby or child’s initials, or they could help the wearer remember a relative who has passed. For these reasons, trusting your engraver is important, as they will be helping you create a unique gift for or about the most important people in your life.

The size of the object, and the complexity of what you want to draw or say on it, are essential factors when considering the possibilities for your engraving project. As a rule of the thumb, most inscriptions are not longer than 16 characters. The longer the message, the smaller the characters may need to be. Basic engraving, or an engraving option that comes with the purchase of a piece of jewelry, might come with only a very small additional cost. The more complex the engraving project, or the more customized and complicated, the more expensive you can expect the cost to be.

What styles of jewelry or watches will work for engraving?
Any metal object with a flat and smooth surface is typically suitable for engraving. Most commonly, we find our customers asking for engraving on watch backs or sides, the interior of engagement rings and wedding bands, the insides and outsides of lockets, the insides of bracelets, and even on flatware (for example with a family name or crest). With the door wide open to options, you should know that Lux Bond & Green specializes in taking care of your complete desires for your most precious objects throughout the engraving process. Maybe you’re ready for an upgrade to a familiar object, or you want to convey something special to a loved one. Regardless, the gift of engraving is always a beautiful one.

Crystal etching
We also have the ability to engrave or etch crystal for trophies and special gifts for most every occasion. Crystal etching can create the perfect gift and lasting memories for weddings, anniversaries, retirements and special recognitions.

How do you choose an engraving artist?
For your own peace of mind, whether you’re deciding to add your 50th anniversary date to the inside of your wedding bands, or you’re helping your son engrave a bracelet for his girlfriend, we suggest that you select an engraving studio that has experience. Lux Bond & Green can engrave your wedding rings just as we engraved your grandfather’s first gift to your grandmother. It’s no joke when we say that we take “keeping it in the family” incredibly seriously. We’ve kept our business in the family since 1898! We understand the important of creating, and adding to heirlooms, for your growing tribe. Our trusted artisans, including master goldsmiths, expert hand and machine engravers, and Swiss-trained watchmakers mean that you can centralize your jewelry and watch needs under one roof.

Like the look of engraving? Explore all of Lux Bond & Green’s Monogram Options. We think you’ll find it exciting to consider these additional services, like monogram and etching, and all of the ways that you can add customization to your life.
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