Sunday, December 4, 2016

In Your Own Words: Tips on Engraving Your Wedding Band

Purchasing a set of wedding bands is such a personal and special experience. After all, that is the one jewelry piece that will be worn a lifetime. Engraving a word, date, or phrase on the inside of your rings creates a special message to your partner that only they will see and know about, thus adding to the bond that band is already creating. 
Few people are aware that engraving rings is a centuries old tradition. A custom that began in the courts of Medieval Europe.  Even today, personalized inscriptions on wedding rings are still popular, and for good reason: romance never goes out of style. What is more romantic than a special hidden message to your lover that will always stay next to them?
Here are some tips on choosing the engraving that is right for you.

The Process

When you order your ring, tell your jeweler you’d like to have your rings personalized with engraving. Most shops and online sites now commonly offer this as an add-on to your purchase when you are selecting rings. Check how many letters can be engraved inside your ring, thus knowing the length of the phrase you can use. Decide which font will best match the ring you have selected and the style you'd like to maintain. Before sending it off, be sure to double or triple check the spelling and message in order to ensure it is properly engraved.

Engraving Ideas

Many common engravings include: your initials, a special date, a meaningful phrase, a line of poetry, a heart, or a religious line as your inscription. 
Here are some great samples to start the process:
  • DM + GB forever
  • Diane & George 5/5/2015
  • I love you
  • Je t’aime (French for I love you)
  • “Until the end of time” (song lyrics)
  • “I love you to the Moon and back”
  • “To have and to hold”
  • Love is patient, love is kind
  • 1 Corinthians 13:8
  • All my love
  • I’m my beloved’s and my beloved is mine
There are absolutely no limit to how creating you can get with your ideas. Most sites will also allow you to use symbols, so a heart or infinity symbol might be more of what you prefer. If you’re a playful couple, you could inscribe an inside joke or a funny quote from a favorite film. Or you could opt for a more serious, romantic engraving. It’s up to you.
While engraving is normally done inside of the ring, many places will offer rings that can be engraved outside as well. Check with your jeweler to see if it’s an option for your ring choice. Rings that include settings, inlays, or alternative settings usually will not be able to have engraving on the outside of the ring, but will still be able to be engraved on the inside. A new feature that some sites, such as , have started offering is engraving a fingerprint inside or outside of the ring. What more romantic way to show your love is there than to have a special bands that symbols your love with your unique fingerprint on the inside, showing your love that you are uniquely for them and love them! 

Font Ideas

This list of fonts should give you an idea of typeface options that are most commonly available.
Old English font is classic and gives your engraving an epic feeling big story feel. Annabel Script looks romantic and chic. Biondi looks art deco and Hatten looks modern. Consider choosing a font that matches the typeface of your engraving for your wedding invitations. It will give the ceremony a cohesive feel and remind you of that special day.

Consider Consulting Your Partner About Ring Details

Since engraving is such a personal decision, it might be best to choose inscriptions as a couple. Sure, your ring inscriptions won’t be the bigger part of the surprise, but joint input ensures that you and your partner have the chance to pick the perfect romantic message for each other. If you will get a ring set it’s always a nice idea to design the inscription for the other’s ring, or maybe engrave them so that, when put together, they add up to a line of poetry or a sweet quote. Whatever you choose, it's sure to be a special message that you will love looking at again and again. 

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