When you want to give a gift that lasts forever, why not personalize the occasion and have it engraved?
“Whenever you give a gift for a special occasion and you want to make it more personal — that’s where engraving comes into play,” said Martha Sanchez, manager at State Street Jewelers, in Geneva.
A popular practice is engraving the inside of a wedding band with the wedding date, a short sentiment or initials. “Sometimes people will have their nicknames engraved,” Sanchez said.
State Street Jewelers can engrave text in-house. For requests that include a symbol or special designs, pieces are sent out to a hand engraver.
“Right now we are replicating a vintage piece,” Sanchez said. “We sent our engraver the original engagement ring, and he’s replicating that pattern on the outside of the new ring by hand. That’s a whole other technique that’s really beautiful.” State Street also does vintage restoration engraving.
Jewelry isn’t the only item that can be engraved. Baby gifts like cups, rattles and coin banks are popular. “We often engrave the baby’s birth date and a phrase like ‘Love, from Grandma and Grandpa,’” said Sanchez. “People also want engraved items for baptisms and christenings.”
"After baby gifts the next step might be a charm bracelet,” Sanchez said. Most charm bracelets come in sterling silver and 14K gold and there are thousands of charms to mark almost any occasion in your life- from birthdays, christenings and first communions, to graduation, careers and becoming a grandparent. Most all of them can be engraved with a name and the special date.”