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Having your wedding ring engraved with a secret message is the ultimate way to personalize an already unique piece of jewelry. There’s something incredibly romantic about the inscription of a special date, two initials beside each other, or a phrase that only the wearers will understand.
It’s also a timeless practice: Since medieval times, people have been engraving their most beloved pieces of jewelry with religious quotes and sweet vows stating their devotion to each other. Choosing to engrave your wedding rings is a lovely way to make your ring feel like its truly your own, but the process can feel intimidating. You don’t want to choose the wrong inscription or do something that could potentially change the way your ring looks.
We spoke to jeweler Madeline Fraser to get all of the details on what to know about engraving your wedding rings.
Ring Engraving Cost
Your rings might have been pricey, but the good news is that you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to get an engraving done. Engraving is relatively affordable. It all depends on the character count of what you want to be engraved.
When to Engrave Your Rings
If you know you want your rings engraved before you get engaged, let your jeweler know before the rings are being made or sized. Fraser says, “Engraving happens at the very end of the manufacturing process, so you have time to think about what you want your engraving to say while your rings are being made.”
How to Engrave Your Rings
Most jewelers laser engrave ring. It’s a very precise and fast process using a pencil-sized laser beam. The strength of the laser changes based on the type of metal. In other words? This is a straight-forward, quick process.
Once you know that you want something engraved on your ring, you need to decide on the perfect inscription. This is harder than it sounds—for something that can only be up to maybe 30 characters, there are a surprising amount of options.
Ring Engraving Ideas
Now that you’ve read up on the logistics, it’s time to decide what exactly you want your ring to say. From traditional and religious to romantic and funny, get inspired by the ring engraving ideas below.