The sentiment and symbolism of an engagement ring is a powerful thing. With a history that extends back over 6,000 years, we have never grown tired of the utter romance of a proposal and a stunning ring to mark the moment.
Traditional convention has given way to a modern and altogether more encompassing approach towards engagement. From the rings themselves, to those exchanging them, to the manner and timing of a proposal, the new rule is no rules in the world of engagement.
Engraving rings is as old as the tradition of engagement rings themselves, however the precision and possibilities for engraving have blossomed over the decades. Whether your opting for tradition or reimagining the engagement ring conventions, an engraving is the perfect way to add your own intimate flourish to your proposal. It is a fantastic way to mark your ring out as entirely ‘one of a kind’.
The beauty of an engraving is in its individualism. Anything is possible. Contact your vendor and establish how many characters will fit in the ring (be aware that smaller sizes and slimmer bands will have less space for engraving).
You will also be given font options, so think carefully about how the final engraving will look. Looping and scrolling fonts that echo a lover’s handwritten letter are popular, but remember that these may be harder to read.
To get the creativity and romance flowing, I have collected some of my favourite engraving ideas that I have seen over the years. An engravement is a hidden message between yourself and your partner, so the decision is entirely yours.
Sometimes, less is more. One or two words can perfectly capture everything you want to say to your partner.
These little notes are perfect for slim bands or half-eternity rings where space is limited like this dainty Tacori design.
A snippet of a lyric will immortalise ‘your’ song and set the tone for a marriage full of Friday night dances and Sunday morning jam sessions.
You won’t be able to fit full verses on the ring, so part of the fun is picking out the one line that will always remind you of your partner and what the song means to you.
Fit for a princess; the Lyrics solitaire by Vatche is just waiting to be adorned with notes of love.
The oldest expressions of love are sometimes the most powerful. Whether its Wordsworth who makes your heart flutter, or Shakespeare who keeps the embers of loving glowing, poetry engravings are a tried and tested way of showing your affections.
The ring by Verragio encompasses old world romance; perfect for poetry engraving.
A private joke? A favourite quote? Something a little risqué? The beauty of a hidden engagement graving is only two people in the world will know that it is there.
Cuddling up to watch your favourite movie with a special quote pressed against your skin. Here are some classics to inspire your search.
A stunning three-stone engagement ring writing a trilogy of your romance.