Adding an initial, a message or even an image to a beautiful piece of jewelry is sure to make that piece a favorite to its owner. Today the options available for engraving have expanded and the possibilities are limitless. There are, however, some criteria to consider when thinking about purchasing a piece of jewelry and adding an inscription or another engraving. One of the most important things to keep in mind is the metal of the jewelry and whether it is appropriate for engraving. The other important part of engraving is finding the perfect inscription to convey that special sentiment.
When purchasing an item to be engraved, talk to the jeweler and make sure the item can be engraved. Most metals are fine for engraving, however thin gold or silver may not withstand the process. Before having rings engraved make sure they have already been sized; doing so after an inscription has been laid may alter the wording. Check with the jeweler whether the engraving is done by hand or machine, as this may affect the pricing and options. Lastly, find out if the jewelry is sent out or done in-house, and make sure the jewelry is insured if it's shipped out.
Finding the perfect inscription can be difficult. There are many famous quotes to choose from that may capture the perfect sentiment, or you could just put down something simple, such as "I will love you forever," -- sometimes that's all that needs to be said. The jeweler can be helpful in making this decision and may have suggestions.
Whatever the inscription may be, the fact there is an engraving in the first place is most impressive. After deciding on the wording, discuss the font with the jeweler, as they will know what works best for the jewelry. Generally, block fonts are popular for men and script fonts are popular for women. Today, even photos and images can be engraved onto sentimental pieces of jewelry. Providing the correct file format and a clear image is important to ensure quality work.