The custom hand engraving of jewelry is a skill that takes many years to master. But skill is not the only element required to make a master engraver. This is also an art form, and so the talent of the individual engraver plays a significant role in the quality of the finished product.
Here at Joseph Jewelry, we are fortunate to have a very talented hand engraver. The work is of the highest quality you’ll find anywhere, and that enables us to offer you the opportunity to incorporate these types of elegant and personal details on your fine custom jewelry at a level of detail and precision that’s second to none.Custom Hand Engraving Styles
Because all custom hand engraving is completed here in our Bellevue, WA location, we can replicate any design or pattern you’d like to see. That means you can include a distinctly personal element on your piece, which will help enhance its significance and also ensure it’s truly one-of-a-kind.
There are some basic styles used in jewelry engraving, and any of them can be customized to match your personal taste. Some common options include scroll, floral scroll, wheat, half wheat, leaf, half leaf, and celtic. Our experts can show you examples of all of these styles and more, as well as offer suggestions on ways to adjust them and make them unique to your piece.
While we can put just about any type of engraving on any item, the size and shape of the area to be worked on should be taken into consideration when you’re making your decision about the type of engraving you’d like. For instance, the width of the band of a ring can determine which styles are possible to engrave on it, as well as which will look the best.
In addition to traditional engraving, where the design is carved into the piece, we also offer relief engraving. This is a very time consuming process and requires exceptional skill to complete properly. It essentially involves cutting away the background, leaving the design raised, and it is considered to be the most elegant and ornate form of engraving.
The added time and exceptional skill required to complete this type of engraving does make it more expensive as well. But the wonderful effect it creates means it is a truly exquisite detail to add to your custom piece.
All hand engraving requires a tool called the graver, and there are different shapes of gravers for different styles of engraving. These gravers are created by the artist, and they determine both what shape is cut out of the metal during the engraving process and how deep the design goes.
Because the artist is the one shaping each new graver, their individual skill matters a great deal when it comes to the overall quality of the engraving once it’s complete. The ability to make new specialized gravers is also what allows us to offer nearly limitless options when it comes to the types and styles of patterns that can be included on your fine custom jewelry.
The other main tool that our engraver uses is a bench microscope. This is essential due to the fine detail and precision required to complete this type of engraving at the level of quality that we provide.
In addition to engraving new custom pieces, we can also restore the engraving on older pieces you already have. This type of repair and restoration service can really give new life to an older piece, and we will return it to you in like-new condition.
To complete any type of engraving restoration, we first identify the pattern that was originally used. We then select the appropriate tools and create new gravers if necessary to match the existing design perfectly.
We can also add custom engraving to an older piece even if it wasn’t there to begin with. This is a great way to refresh an item, and it can also help you increase the personal significance of the piece. Whether you’re looking to revitalize an old family heirloom or you want to make a new ring better reflect your personal style, our custom hand engraving services may be just what you’re looking for.
Danny and team were fantastic to work with! My (then) boyfriend and I visited their beautiful store about a year before we ended up coming back around to using them (there was a cross-country move, a new job, and of course an engagement in between). Their great customer service and reasonable prices always stood out in our minds. As did a men's band that was incredibly unique and unlike anything we had seen anywhere else. When it came time to work with Joseph's, I was in need of a custom platinum diamond band to fit around my engagement ring that we had found elsewhere, but it required something very custom to fit up against the intricate design. I also wanted it to match my engagement ring exactly. My (now) fiance' also still wanted the unique men's band he had seen at Joseph's. Both rings ultimately exceeded both of our expectations. The men's band was customized in width and type of material to create a perfect custom fit that he absolutely loves (and can play basketball while wearing) and is super durable. My band was made to fit exactly next to my engagement ring and was customized to resemble it so closely you would be certain they were purchased together. I was beyond impressed with Danny and team's work. It was flawless. My rings now lock together and my wedding band keeps my halo engagement ring from sliding from one side to the other. They also added scrolling to one side of the ring that is simply beautiful. And they added a custom engraving on the inside of each of our bands. He literally brought an idea in my head into existence, by hand. That is an amazing skill when you think about it. I so appreciated that Danny spent over an hour with me designing the rings and patiently showing me examples of what they could do. He provided such great service, and I did not feel rushed at all in making a decision. He also communicated with me promptly via email and coordinated shipping rings back and forth to me as we no longer lived in the Seattle area. I also loved working with all of the staff there; everyone was so helpful and friendly. We both get so many compliments on our rings and I would not hesitate to come back (which now literally means flying across the country!) to Joseph's Jewelry for any other jewelry selections and any custom work. They are the best in the business. You won't regret the experience!