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Jewellery Engraving - What Is It and What Can Be Engraved?

November 5, 2020

Engraving is the art of carving delicate lettering or pictures into metal and has been a form of jewellery adornment for centuries. It is a wonderful way to add a personal touch to a jewellery gift or a special commemorative piece. The type of metals which work best with engraving include the following:

  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Platinum
  • Palladium

While most high-quality pieces can be engraved, there are some elements to think about…

Surface Suitability

Highly reflective metals such as silver tend not to give the best results as the engraving can be difficult to see. The same applies to rough surfaced pieces. The engraving detail is lost, and the engraving may become ineffective.


Some pieces are not solid precious metal, but rather plated with a precious metal. If the plating has been done elsewhere and wasn’t done well, engraving it can result in the plating pealing off.

Changing the Engraving

If you bring a piece of jewellery in that you would like us to buff out, so that we can re-engrave it, the quality of the piece would need to be checked to ensure that it is solid metal. If the piece is plated, then buffing out the engraving will expose the metal beneath it.


Finally, when you bring your jewellery in for engraving make extra sure to check the following:

  1. Is the spelling correct?
  2. Is the date correct?
  3. Have you thought through the longevity of the engraving? In other words, are you sure you want that particular engraving on your jewellery for ever?

If you’d like to create a unique piece with beautiful engraving included, or if you’d like to add engraving to a special piece you already have, contact our team or visit us in Dublin City Centre for advice on the metal to use and the design options available to you.

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