Why Engraving?

Our engraving service is now re-open. Our engraver is back at the bench – maintaining social distancing. We want to make sure that from the safety of your own home, you can purchase the perfect gift and add that special personalisation at the same time. During lockdown we know that not being able to see some friends and family is challenging. It is important to us that we can help you with all the services and products that you need, to make your gift giving perfect.

Why add engraving?

Today a piece of engraved jewellery or a piece of decorative home ware is a thoughtful gift. It is a way to commemorate a special occasion, a missed event or personalise a birthday gift. Engraving allows you to add personalisation that will truly make a piece one of a kind. Many gift ideas have a story or reasoning behind them, that is why they are so special. Why not have a special date engraved or initials to really add that special touch? Treating yourself? Why not monogram your cufflinks? Add your initials to show people you mean business, whatever the situation.

The history of engraving

The skills required for this intricate craft have been passed down throughout the ages and there are associations dedicated to preserving the specialist tradition of hand engraving.

The practice of engraving has been around for hundreds of thousands of years and some of the earliest examples can be found in etchings upon cave walls and rocks showing our ancestors as they hunt for food. In Greece and Egypt, cameos (carvings into gemstones) have been found depicting ancient leaders, dating back many hundreds of years.

Traditionally, engraving was used as a way to signify wealth and decorate items, with metal engraving being developed in the 5th century BC. This type of metal engraving became increasingly popular in the 15th century when it was used to engrave coats of armour and shields with family crests.

Signet rings and seal engravings

The engraving of signet rings has always been very popular and has become a lasting tradition amongst jewellers. It was common for the wearer of the signet to have their family crest engraved in reverse on the front of the ring, known as seal engraving. This meant that when the ring was pressed into the wax seal of an envelope it would show the crest, thus confirming the sender’s identity. Seal engraving today is used to provide a link between modern generations and their ancestry with signet rings being a firm family jewellery favourite.

Seal rings, or signet rings, have been used as signs of authenticity that dates back to 3500 BC. Signet ring engraving takes two forms, hand carved or laser-cut. The Deakin & Francis in-house engraver specialises in the fine art of hand-carving, using a range of flat and lozenge gravers, as well as shaders and beaders to achieve the perfect final design. The hard carving is a unique tradition amongst jewellers.


If you are looking at creating a bespoke piece for a loved one or looking to add a more custom engraving, you can speak to one of our expert team members. We are here to help you create the item of your dreams.