Freshly engraved pieces of jeweller laying next to hand engraving tools on a brown velvet cloth

Leaving a Legacy

Being one of the few jewellery manufacturers in Dublin, the pieces at Martin Gear Jewellers are hand crafted, of the highest quality and beautifully unique. But as distinctive as our jewellery is, it’s only when a client puts their personal touch on a piece that our jewellery becomes part of that client’s legacy.

Hand engraving presents an opportunity to enrich a piece of jewellery with that personal touch that is exclusively yours. Delicately inscribed words, names, and symbols can elevate the simplest piece to a cherished treasure, one that could be passed from generation to generation.

Proof of the indelible value of hand engraving is found in the National Museum in Dublin where gorgeous hand engraved artefacts are available to see and provide a rich tapestry of design culture that continues to live centuries after the humans who created these pieces have passed.

The art of engraving, started about 5000 years ago, and involves engraving a negative space image or word into metal.

Hand Engraving is some of the finest and most intricate work we do at Martin Gear Jewellers. Every mark of the engravers tool has to be incredibly precise both in the depth of the carving, so as to maintain the structural integrity of the piece and in the positioning, sizing and accuracy of the mark as each stroke forms the desired letter or image.

Hand engravers work with light and shadow, using the shine of crisp smooth metal surfaces to highlight the depth of each engraving mark. This artistry creates beautiful intensity and intricacy on tiny surfaces, making hand engraving one of the most difficult forms of art.

Whether the design is decadently ornate or crisply contemporary hand engraving is an art that has come back into fashion in recent times, with signet rings and ornately engraved jewellery coming back into fashion because of popular film and television shows like Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones.

Hand engraving can be sweetly secret – on the inside of a ring or watch strap for example, or boldly displayed on flat charms or the outside of a bracelet.

Some of the pieces we are most often asked to hand engrave include baby christening bracelets which can be beautifully decorated with elements from the family crest, the child’s name and the meaning of the child’s name. Wedding rings are also often hand engraved, with promises between the couple, the date of the big day or the surname of the couple. These special pieces often go on to become family heirlooms being passed from generation to generation.

At Martin Gear Jewellers we encourage clients to engrave pieces for birthdays, baby showers, or even graduation gifts as the personal touch often means so much to the receiver of the gift.

For those mourning the loss of a loved one hand engraving a plaque to be hung in a special place can often provide some healing and stand as a memento to that special someone.

In a world where cookie cutter uniformity is often stamped on homes, cars and fashion, hand engraving a unique piece of jewellery from Martin Gear Jewellers offers you the opportunity to express a range of feelings, to create something special, and perhaps to initiate the beginnings of a unique family legacy, captured in design or words in infallible metal.

Conclusion

In a world where cookie cutter uniformity is often stamped on homes, cars and fashion, hand engraving a unique piece of jewellery from Martin Gear Jewellers offers you the opportunity to express a range of feelings, to create something special, and perhaps to initiate the beginnings of a unique family legacy, captured in design or words in infallible metal.

Contact us or come by our jewellery workshop on 5 Mary Street, Dublin City Centre, to find out more about the art of engraving and how we can hand engrave a special message onto your piece. We also offer laser photo engraving where we can take any photo and engrave it onto a pendant.

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