There are two main reasons to opt for engraving on significant pieces of jewellery and expensive watches. The first is sentiment, and the second is for security. Creating a personalised inscription on an important piece increases its unique role in the recipient’s life. It also demonstrates love and thoughtfulness on the part of the giver.
Not only is this the engagement or wedding ring of someone’s dreams, the watch they have always craved, or the bracelet that marks their achievement or anniversary; it is marked forever and is truly one of a kind. Thieves who hanker after such treasures are deterred when they encounter engraving, as they know it is much harder to resell.
Many of the milestones in each lifetime are celebrated with gifts of jewellery, from a baby’s christening mug through to the school successes, exam triumphs, driving tests passed, graduations, job promotions, engagements, weddings and anything else deserving of note. Since Medieval times, people have chosen to personalise such presents with inscriptions. Romantic poetry, initials, dates and secret nicknames have all been utilised, as have words from every language from Latin to Chinese. The pertinence of the engraving is often a private code between the giver and receiver. These messages are powerful and personal but they also serve as an effective “birthmark” in the unhappy event anything is ever lost or stolen. Read more