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Jewelry engraving methods and types

Some jewelry pieces can be sprinkled with gems, like the one you can find on MoissaniteCo.com. They do not have a need for engraving as they are extremely beautiful as they are. But many masters and producers, as well as their customers, opt for various engraving methods to increase sophistication, creating a true form of art on the metal surface. Jewelry engraving is a simple and reasonably priced method of customizing the surface of the jewelry. A basic ring or pendant may be converted into a piece of art with the help of some creativity.

Tim Walker, Why not be oneself?, ‘Tilda Swinton’. Fashion: Gucci, Marc Jacobs. Jewellery: Lisa Eisner Jewelry, Vela, Uno de 50, A. Brandt + Son. Renishaw Hall, Derbyshire, 2018 © Tim Walker Studio
Tim Walker, Why not be oneself?, ‘Tilda Swinton’. Fashion: Gucci, Marc Jacobs. Jewellery: Lisa Eisner Jewelry, Vela, Uno de 50, A. Brandt + Son. Renishaw Hall, Derbyshire, 2018 © Tim Walker Studio

There are many types of jewelry engravings, their characteristics, as well as the pros and drawbacks of each method. The process of engraving the surface of precious metals is done by doing an indentation process or through the removal of the extra surface from the top layer. 

In practice, there are three forms of engraving. Diamond-drag engraving, laser engraving, and hand engraving. Each one has its own set of advantages and disadvantages, which we shall examine later. 

Diamond-drag engraving

The diamond-drag jewelry engraving method is pretty modern and innovative, enabling you to utilize text and graphics of incomprehensive unlimited sophistication, all while maintaining high levels of accuracy. This is merely one of the benefits. The following advantages can be included in this list as well. This method makes it possible to process all existing precious metals and even stones. It is hard to tell the difference between it and handmade engravings. The pattern will never erode or vanish. It is engraved in the metal forever. This method does not include the use of chemicals or reagents, resulting in no harm to the metal. The borders will glisten and sparkle as they have the perfect angles to reflect the light.

The most significant disadvantage of this method is the price. It is pretty expensive. It uses diamond points since it is one of the hardest minerals that can be discovered in the natural world. Besides being good gems for jewels, diamonds are actively used in the jewelry-making industry.

Laser engraving.

Furthermore, this is another contemporary method of engraving patterns and reliefs on the metal surface. Some of the advantages are the precision and accuracy required in the application of the pattern. There is almost no residue produced. The possibility of a defective item in the traditional sense is not possible. And again, the biggest disadvantage of this method is that it is quite expensive.

The laser beam is set up to burn a specified thickness and then directed to the place where the pattern should be applied, burning away this layer. The equipment is complicated and has a similar appearance to a printer. It is operated by employing modern computer software. It is also possible to burn through the piece and make a hole. The most significant thing is that the pattern or design can be applied to tiny surfaces in minutes, making it a quick and simple process. Complex handwork is no longer necessary since the machine takes care of everything.

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