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Ask an Expert: Engraving Tips

Among our busy team of experts, our engravers see a lot of action. After all, we engrave 450 rings, lockets, bar necklaces, and bracelets in a week—that’s a lot of “I love you,” and “Forever.” Read on for some expert engraving tips for maximum memorability.

With 16 years in the engraving industry (and a number of years in the printing industry before that) engraver Eric Quinn certainly has a keen eye for (and a strong opinion on) how words and fonts look on our engravable jewelry. Here are a few of his observations, in his own words.


“When engraving a monogram, the Roman (serif) font is a popular and visually pleasing choice.”

In General

“If you’d like your engraving to be in all capital letters, I think the Roman or Block font options are the way to go. The script fonts we use are designed to mimic cursive handwriting so using all caps can look awkward.”

“When considering an engraving on the interior of a ring, all caps takes up a lot of room and depending on the ring size, I have to make the text size smaller to accommodate the capital letters—which can make the inscription hard to read.”

“When engraving lower-case letters, certain letters, such as y, j, or g, may extend down toward the edge of your ring.”

On Names and Dates

“A lot of our customers will buy items and have a name and date engraved on them. Typically the name is engraved slightly larger than the date. (People like to read their names.) If the customer wants to emphasize the date, they should be encouraged to put the date before the name. This is true for pretty much any item that gets two or more lines of engraving.”

Narrow Bar Bracelet in 14k Gold

“This is one item where all capitals (Roman or Block font) look the best. The bar is narrow enough that engraving in all capital letters is much more readable.”

Heart Shapes

“A common mistake I often see is a shorter line of text on the first line of the two available lines of engraving. This makes the text very small on any heart shape. I encourage customers to utilize the space at the top of the heart because it is much wider than the middle or bottom.”

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