Engraving Metals and Special Gemstones
Although not all metals can be engraved, most metals popularly used in jewelry--such as gold, silver, and platinum—are engravable. However, metals with a rough surface are nearly impossible to engrave because the rough texture of the metal competes with the engraving. In addition, metal used in jewelry is often plated. And while most plated metal surfaces can be engraved, it's important to ensure that your jewelry has high-quality plating, as engraving can damage poor-quality plating.
Jewelry can be engraved any time, either during or after purchase. If the jeweler is unable to do ring engraving, they should be able to direct you to an engraver. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) also performs special gemstone engraving. If you're not partial to the idea of inscribing a visible message, consider engraving the message on the gemstone itself. The GIA can laser-inscribe a microscopic message or graphic on the diamond, creating a special hidden message privy to just you and your partner. A laser-inscribed message also serves as a foolproof identifier in case your jewelry is ever lost or stolen.
If you're not quite ready for an engraved wedding ring or diamond, consider an engraved promise ring. Promise rings are traditionally given before the engagement as a promise of future commitment. Promise ring engraving ideas include quotes such as "To the moon and back" or romantic lyrics from favorite songs such as "Truly, Madly, Deeply."
Engraving Cost and Care
The cost of ring engraving typically depends on the number of characters in the inscription, the type of font, and the engraving technique (i.e. by machine or hand). Although machine ring engraving is less expensive, hand ring engraving adds a special hand-forged feel. For diamond engraving, the cost often varies based on the carat weight of the diamond.
Similar to any piece of jewelry, engraved rings require a little love and care to keep in sparkling condition. It is often advised to take off your ring when bathing, cleaning, or applying makeup as the chemicals in cosmetics, hairsprays, lotions, bath products, and household cleaning products may tarnish jewelry or create a film that dulls its shine. Outside of household dangers, extended exposure to chemicals found in swimming pools can also discolor your ring.
In addition to avoiding certain products, take the time to proactively care for your ring! Clean your jewelry with a soft cleaning cloth at the end of each day and do a deep clean once a week with warm water and some mild soap.
If you're hesitant about getting a ring permanently engraved, keep in mind that engravings on solid metals such as gold or silver can be buffed out and re-engraved. However, if you are considering re-engraving a piece of jewelry, ensure that the ring is solid gold or silver, and not plated, as any metals with plated surfaces cannot be re-engraved. Buffing plated surfaces will remove the plating and expose the core metal, rendering it incapable of being engraved.
When it comes to the cost of removing an engraving, the price typically depends on the style of ring engraving. While machine ring engravings are fairly easy to polish away, engraving done by hand takes a bit more effort, as the metal needs to be filled in. This difference is mainly due to the depth of the engraving.
Engraved rings are unique and heartfelt pieces of jewelry perfect for any couple. An engraved wedding ring for her is a romantic option if you're looking for a personalized way to express your love!