In-Depth Jewelry Design: Hand and Machine Engraving
Custom jewelry design would not be complete without engraving. Whether it’s hand engraving or machine engraving, the detailed design will make your piece truly special. Engraving is an important element of the custom jewelry design process.
Hand engraving is done by a highly-trained craftsman that has gone through extensive training. 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. It is different from machine engraving in that it is deeper and is done exactly to suit the space you have and in a design style you really like.
With machine engraving, pre-existing patterns are used to guide the machine to carve your initials or a special phrase on the inside of your ring. Jewelry engraving machines are built with specific utilities to engrave thin lines on small pieces of jewelry or other precious metals like earrings, rings, necklace pennants, necklace links and charms. Using a machine engraver doesn’t take the same skill level as freestyle hand engraving. Machine engraving looks thinner and shallower than hand engraving. One thing people don’t always realize is that the hand engraving can look imperfect up close under magnification, where the machine engraving looks perfect.
When an engraving element is to be a major part of the design of your ring or jewelry piece, you’ll want the custom feel, depth, and choices offered from engraving. Consider adding hand or machine engraving to your custom piece. You are sure to add a personalized touch with custom engraving.