Hand engraving is a tradition that was established half a million years ago. Almost since civilization began, people have been engraving jewelry, tools and weapons. Incredibly, artisans still use some of the same tools and techniques today that were used back then. Engraving is an art that requires a skilled hand and takes years to develop. For this reason, there are not many hand engravers left in the world — it is quickly becoming a lost art.
The simplest and oldest form of engraving is hand engraving or push engraving, which is when a sharp tool is pushed into a piece of material to make a mark. One of the most significant purposes of hand engraving through the ages has been to record history. Today, it remains among the most difficult and important aspects of the jeweler’s craft.
The Advantages of Hand Engraving
With engraving machines, you are limited to the fonts and stencils that the machine is programmed to create. With hand engraving, you are only limited by your imagination. Almost anything you can dream up, the engraver can make into a reality. If it can be drawn, it can be hand engraved — including your own handwriting.
Jewelry embellished with durable, high-quality hand engraving can incorporate a mixture of beautiful, highly polished bright cuts and textured backgrounds, creating a singular depth and beauty that can elevate a piece of jewelry to a modern heirloom. Besides being an incredibly thoughtful touch, adding hand engraving is a fantastic way to make a piece of jewelry truly unique.
To speak to one of our experts about how to add a personal, artistic touch of hand engraving on your jewelry, visit Eiseman Jewels in NorthPark Center.