Perfected by only the most talented jewelry artists, hand-engraving is an art practiced by few. Hand engraving involves actually cutting shapes, patterns, or letters into the metal. Unlike just casting a pattern directly into a given piece, hand engraving allows a much higher degree of detail and intricacy in the patterns. Working under a microscope, each line and pattern is cut into the metal by hand using specially prepared gravers. The artistry associated with hand engraving represents the pinnacle of the jewelry arts.
In today’s world of off-the-shelf merchandise, it’s not odd that when most people think of engraving it’s something like a name carved into the inside of a ring, or maybe a date on the back of a watch or locket. Jewelry engraving can be so much more though!
In the days when jewelry was almost entirely hand-crafted, it wasn’t uncommon for almost every piece in a jeweler’s line to be hand engraved. Look back at antique rings and some of the intricate details that, at the time, seemed to be quite commonplace. As jewelry manufacturing became more and more industrial and moved more and more to overseas factories, it became easier for companies to cut out the finer details (and their hand-engravers) until hand-engraving became a nearly lost art here in the United States. Most jewelers can still offer hand-engraving but often have to send the jewelry to one of a few hand-engravers operating around the country.
With the addition of Mitchell Lurth to our staff, Philip’s Diamond Shop has the ability to show you the possibilities that hand-engraving offers. From something as fun as engraving the back of an iPod, to intricate gun engraving and of course, beautiful fine jewelry detailing and engraving, we can do it here!
More of Mitchell’s work can be found at LurthEngraving.com