As so many of us have reflected on the importance of friends and family throughout this unusual year, we foresee many thoughtful gifts, full of extra personalization and meaning. An engraved jewelry can transform your lovely gift into a treasure for posterity; it might just be the perfect option. Sometimes a date is all that is needed; sometimes a name or monogram; sometimes a meaningful quote works the magic.
You are probably familiar with our silverplated bells. They are a delightful Christmas tradition but are also appropriate engraved for the bride and groom or the newborn baby. They can be used to commemorate a special anniversary or birthday or as a remembrance to a friend. Choose a handsome style for engraving and create a lasting memory.
Pewter covered boxes are another versatile gift. All three styles are perfect for personalization. Monograms on top are the most frequent choice, but dates and messages can be engraved around the perimeter, inside the lid or on the bottom of the box. This has also served as a wonderful gift to the bride with her new initials atop the box and a sweet note and gift inside for her to open on her big day.
Baby Cups & Spoons
Cups and spoons for babies are among the most traditional gifts. Elegant sterling with a hand engraved name or monogram becomes a family heirloom.
People often ask about placement of engraving on baby goods. Though there are no rules to govern the choice, most often we engrave cups with the handle on the right side so that the child can see his name. In general, script fonts are used for girls, and block styles for boys. Again, this is a matter of personal choice. Baby flatware is monogrammed with letters facing the bowl of spoon or tines of fork; or with a name reading from left to right on the handle. Occasionally, a name or date is engraved in the bowl of the spoon.
Sterling Cuff Bracelet
One of our most often requested items is a sterling cuff bracelet. something we have sold since the 1960’s. Women wear this bracelet from their teenage years throughout their lives. This is the definitive timeless item! There are several ways to personalize both inside and outside the bracelet – a hidden message inside, a monogram outside, a date subtly placed at one end. The same is true of cuffs and bangles, whether sterling or gold.
An engraved locket may be optimal sentimental gift. A monogram on the front, a date on the back, the locket passes from one generation to the next as a cherished heirloom.
Machine & Hand Engraving
Sterling, silver plated, and pewter gifts can be machine engraved in house, at a very reasonable charge, and usually within just a week.
Hand engraving – truly elegant, a work of art etched deeply in gold or sterling. We offer this service year round. It is perfect for tiny items, curved surfaces, signature replication, flatware, and jewelry. A necessity for the truly discriminating client. Please allow three to four weeks to complete this exceptional work. There are dozens of styles to choose from, and the artist can adopt the basics to reflect the particular nature of the piece involved and of your individual style.
Items not purchased from Argo & Lehne can be engraved in the store. The fee for these items is $40 per item. We do recommend that you bring in the item so we are able to assess if it is in fact engravable. We can also assist with engraving placement and font selection.
-written by Anne Wilson, Argo & Lehne associate and engraving consultant. Anne has created some of the most beautiful engraved pieces at Argo & Lehne and has a discerning eye for fine details.