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Engraving

We provide special engraving services to our clients. Our expertise in hand engraving is second to none and this gives us the advantage over our competitors to create perfect inscriptions and artwork for maximum effect and personalization. Engraving makes any jewellery item even more special and such kind of engraved jewellery become splendid gifts. It definitely is something valuable. We can engrave jewellery items with diverse range of fonts being Roman, Block, Script and Old English. Examples of some kinds of fonts are even given below. 

 

      

      

  

 

Wedding bands, Celtic wedding bands, crosses, Celtic pendants, men’s cufflinks, silver lockets, white gold lockets and many other jewellery types can be beautifully engraved at our workshop.

 

Q: How much does engraving cost?

A: Our Hand Engraving costs £2 per character. Please be aware engraving products does add to the despatch time of your order.

Q: Can I have more than one engraved item in my order?

A: Yes

Q: Can I have an engraved item and a non-engraved item in the same order?

A: Yes

Q: Can I return engraved items?

A: Unfortunately we are unable to refund items once they have been personalised.

Q: What if the engraved message on my item is incorrect?

A: The message that you type during the checkout process is the exact message that will be engraved, so please ensure that what you have typed is correct and does not have any errors.

Crest Engraving

Q: Can I supply my own artwork for you to engrave?

A: Yes of course, please sent us your artwork and we can advise you.

Q: Our family name does not show up in your crest database?

A: We have a ever increasing amount of family names in our database but it is not exhaustive. If you email us with your name we can have a further look at our reference books at our workshop.

Q: What is your crest source?

A: We use the 'Fairbairn's Book of Crests 1905'.

Q: What is a crest?

A: The crest sits on top of the coat of arms often above the symbol of a helmet. This reflects its medieval origins as a means of identification during combat when an emblem would be attached to the top, or crest, of the combatant's helmet. If they are not accompanied by a coat of arms, crests are usually shown on top of a twisted band (a wreath), coronet or cap (called a chapeau) reflecting their historic origin. Traditionally, only crests were engraved onto signet rings in the united kingdom as the full coat of arms was reserved for larger and more ceremonial items.

Unlike a coat of arms, the crest can remain the same across generations and different branches of one family. Sometimes a family's crest is a play on the surname or an emblem of its occupation or trade. A ducal coronet may be added to the crest of a bishop while a mural coronet can signify a military distinction and a naval coronet a naval one. However it is not unusual for branches of one family to develop different crests to distinguish themselves.

Q: What is a 'family seal ring'? 

A: A family seal ring is one of the oldest forms of identifying a particular family from others. Traditionally and more recently used for creating wax seals on documents, the use of seal rings actually dates back over three thousand years. 

Q: Why are seal engraved signet rings engraved in reverse?

A: Traditionally, the heraldic design is hand engraved in reverse into the ring, so that the wax impression shows an accurate 3d representation of your artwork.

It was this wax impression or ‘seal’ that was used on documents and envelopes.

Q: How long does it take to make my crest ring?

A: Our crest signet rings are made to order especially for you. The solid signet rings usually take approx. 4 weeks to create. Stone set signet rings take approx. 6 weeks to create.

If there is urgency for your order please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate.

Q: Why do people still wear seal rings? 

A: Seal rings are worn by families proud of their ancestry, featuring an engraved family arms, a symbol that remains unchanged through countless generations.

Q: Are your gold signet rings solid? 

A: Yes all our gold signet rings are solid, they are not hollowed out underneath the head of the signet ring. 

Q: Can I use my signet ring to make wax seal impressions? 

A: Yes unlike many similar products on the market we produce traditional seal rings, engraved in reverse to give a positive three-dimensional impression. 

Q: What is mantling? 

A: Mantling is the surcoat worn over the suit of armour showing the family colours (also worn to keep the sun and elements off the armour). Over the years artists have stylised it into many forms, to represent having been ripped and slashed in battle! All these versions are in their own way correct. 

Q: How to wear your signet ring? 

A: The ‘rules’ of where to wear your signet ring is a topic often discussed. Opinions vary because the signet ring is an item of jewellery which is so steeped in tradition, yet it’s identity and purpose is ever evolving as fashions change, evident not only over recent years but across the centuries. I choose to wear mine on the ‘ring (third) finger’ on my right hand. I have also seen them worn next to wedding rings or instead of wedding rings, as well as the most popular finger, which in this country is the little finger, aka. ‘the pinkie’.

However, there are traditions; these can vary across cultures and religions. In the uk the signet ring has traditionally been worn on the pinkie – or smallest – finger, on the non-dominant hand. Therefore, if you are right-handed, you will tend to wear your ring on your left hand. In switzerland, men wear signet rings upon the right finger of their right hand, while in france men use the right finger of their left hand.
Since the middle ages, the pinkie finger (which comes from the now defunct adjective ‘pink’, meaning ‘small’) was the favourite finger for the signet ring. Wearing the signet ring on the smallest finger ensured that the wearer was easily able to use the ring for its traditional means - as a tool to emboss wax, creating a wax-seal for the purpose of identification and authentication.
A practice which first started in ancient egypt and later carried on by the romans, the seal was widely used from the middle ages in royal proclamations, legal documents, or to authenticate correspondence. Incorporated into the signet ring, it was safely kept on the hand of the owner and was of course close to hand whenever needed.
During the seventeenth century the signet ring briefly fell out of fashion. Instead, during this period the prominent members of society preferred to have their seal in an ornamental mount. They would then wear these mounted seals on a chain or ribbon, often as a fob, along with a watch. This practice continued until the latter part of the eighteenth century, when the signet ring once again became popular.
Nowadays, the signature has replaced the signet ring as the primary means of authenticating a person’s identity. Despite this, the habit of wearing an engraved signet ring on the smallest finger continues.
As the use of the signet ring to provide an official wax seal has all but disappeared today, where you choose to wear your ring is largely a matter of personal choice. In the united states, for example, it is quite normal to see people wearing a signet ring on their ring or middle finger, think of steve mcqueen who was never without his ring. Winston churchill typically defied tradition by wearing his gold signet ring, bearing the family crest, on his third ring finger. Prince charles wears his wedding ring on his pinkie finger stacked next to his signet ring.
Ultimately, as the signet ring becomes increasingly a means of personal expression, where and how it is worn will be as unique as the person who wears it.

Q: Can you replicate or refurbish an old signet ring that I have?

A: Our special commissions service exists to help you design and create something really special. Maybe you require a style or size signet ring that is not shown, or recreate a signet ring a family member or friend had, recutting the engraving on an old worn ring or replacing a worn shank. These are all services, from initial sketches through to the finished item, our experienced craftmen can undertake for you. Please contact us for that special one off piece of jewellery. Please call us on 0121 523 5575 or email us at info@britishjewelleryworkshops.com and we will be able to further discuss what is involved.

Q: What is a coat of arms?

A: A coat of arms is the entire heraldic device including the mantling, a helmet, a crest, a motto and, in the case of peers and clan chiefs, a coronet and supporters. They are displayed on a shield and together they identify the owner who has been granted the right to bear arms.

A son will inherit his father's arms and quarter them with his mothers and so on making some coats of arms very complicated.

Q: What is line hand engraving?

A: The Art of Hand Engraving can be described as the process in which a hardened, shaped, and sharpened piece of steel, called a 'Graver', is pushed through the metal's surface. This is done by hand pressure (push graver). The graver is ground to a pointed shape adhering to very specific angles. These angles allow the graver to properly enter the metal surface and travel forward, continuously curling the metal directly in front of the graver face, while leaving behind a small furrow.

The shape of the graver and the angle at which it is held will ultimately decide the furrow shape. The angle can and will often be continuously altered during the process, allowing for the furrow to contain thick and thin graduations of the cut line. If a square-shaped graver is used so that one if its corners enters the metal, it will produce a "V"-shaped furrow. Many graver shapes are available, each leading to a particular style of engraving, and each producing a different result. Usually, the two favored shapes are the "V" and the flat gravers. Personal preference plays a significant role in choosing the tool used.

Q: What is a motto?

A: A motto (derived from the Latin muttum, 'mutter', by way of Italian motto, 'word', 'sentence') is a maxim, a phrase meant to formally summarize the general motivation or intention of an individual, family, social group or organization. Mottos are usually not expressed verbally, unlike slogans, but are expressed in writing and usually stem from long traditions of social foundations, or also from significant events, such as a civil war or a revolution. A motto may be in any language, but Latin has been widely used, especially in the Western world.

Q: What is Reverse Seal Eng Metal?

A: Traditionally, the heraldic design is hand engraved in reverse into a solid metal ring, so that the wax impression shows an accurate 3d representation of your artwork.

It was this wax impression or ‘seal’ that was used on documents and envelopes.

Q: What is Reverse Seal Eng Stone?

A: Traditionally, the heraldic design is hand engraved in reverse into a stone ring, so that the wax impression shows an accurate 3d representation of your artwork.

It was this wax impression or ‘seal’ that was used on documents and envelopes.

Q: Can I see crest examples?

A: Yes see our images below.

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