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Signet Ring Customisation: Hand Engraving vs Laser Engraving

Signet Ring Customisation: Hand Engraving vs Laser Engraving

When you engrave a signet ring it goes from being a simple band to a family heirloom in the making. Signet rings have been around since about 3500 BC and have since become a staple piece of jewellery for those wanting to honour their heritage with engraved crests, initials, or significant dates.

There are many ways to customise a signet ring, the most important being engraving. You can choose between the more traditional hand engraving method or the newer, more precise laser engraving method.

This blog will help you understand the differences and advantages of each engraving system so you can choose the one that best complements your signet design.

Hand Engraved Signet Ring

Hand engraving is a time-honoured craft that involves a skilled artisan meticulously carving designs into the metal surface of a signet ring using specialized tools.

This traditional method offers a unique artistic touch, with each stroke contributing to an unmatchable one-of-a-kind piece.

Hand engraving allows for intricate and elaborate designs, showcasing the engraver's craftsmanship and attention to detail. The depth and texture of the engraved pattern can be carefully controlled, resulting in a tactile and visually stunning piece of jewellery.

4 Hand Engraving Advantages

1. Artistic Expression:

Hand engraving allows for artistic freedom, enabling the engraver to create intricate and personalized designs, such as family crests, monograms, or symbolic motifs.

2. Timeless Craftsmanship:

Hand-engraved signet rings carry a sense of tradition.

3. Uniqueness:

Each hand-engraved ring is a one-of-a-kind creation. They can never be replicated which adds sentimental value.

4. A Forever Piece:

While laser-engraved signets will stand the test of time too, hand-engraved rings tend to be more resistant to wear and corrosion over time. This is because it works by taking away bits of metal, leaving smoother surfaces behind.

We recommend hand engraving for those who want a more traditional-looking signet ring with intricate designs such as crests, calligraphy or detailed imagery. These designs do tend to take longer to produce and may cost more but the one-of-a-kind result is always worth it.

Laser Engraved Signet Ring

Laser engraving is a modern technique where laser technology is used to etch designs onto the surface of a signet ring. A computer-controlled laser is programmed to precisely burn or vaporise the metal, resulting in a clean and consistent design.

Laser engraving offers speed and accuracy, allowing for complex designs to be reproduced with high precision.

4 Laser Engraving Advantages

1. Precision and Consistency:

Every design produced using a laser is executed with precise accuracy.

2. Versatility:

A wide range of designs, including intricate patterns, text, and even photographs can be perfectly replicated.

3. Efficiency:

The process is faster compared to hand engraving, making it ideal for larger production volumes or tight deadlines.

4. Flexibility in Materials:

Laser engraving can be performed on various metals, including gold, silver, platinum, and stainless steel, as well as alternative materials like wood or acrylic.

We recommend laser engraving for those looking for clean, modern designs. It's a great option if you are looking to create multiple rings for a whole family or even for a matric class present. The efficiency of laser engraving means you’ll have extremely precise rings at a lower cost and a higher speed.

Start Creating Your Custom Signet Ring

Now that you know everything you need to about hand engraving vs laser engraving, it's time for you to start creating your signet ring. Both engraving methods result in beautiful signet rings but, depending on the kind of ring design you are after, one option may be better than the other.

Our range of signet rings can be custom engraved with your design of choice by hand or laser. Simply visit the product page of the ring you’re interested in and select your preferred engraving method.

For more complicated custom signet rings – such as those with gemstones or additional engraving on the band itself – please get in touch with our team.