Hand engrave a number of our designs with initials, monograms, images and mottos. Use the ‘Engrave' tool on the product pages to see the possible engraving options for the piece. The price will automatically be displayed in the pop out. Engraving takes about a week but if you have left it a bit late it’s always worth dropping us a line. If we can help, we will.
Our hand engraver Jared is one of the very best in the country. Unlike machine engraving, the letters are arranged within the space using his experience and judgment. This results in a far more balanced and aesthetically pleasing one. Hand engraving also achieves a much deeper cut than a machine, which merely scratches the surface.
Creating symbols for identification purposes is as old as humankind itself. Heraldry’s origins lie partly in the military and national symbols and insignia that were used in ancient Egypt, Rome and in England, and partly in the individual designs of personal seals on signet rings and fobs that have been found as far back as ancient Mesopotamian society.
The art and order that we know as heraldry today did not begin developing until the 1100's, around the time of the Crusades. While wearing suits of armour and closed helmets on the battle and tournament field, the need for a quick, visual way to identify each other became a matter of survival. English knights would paint symbols on their shields or clothing to help their allies recognize them, and the practice spread quickly throughout Europe. Over time, knights’ symbols were embroidered on their surcoats which were worn over the suits of armour; these quickly became known as coats of arms.
Monograms were first used on Roman coins with the emperor's initials. They were popularised by craftsmen of the middle ages, who used their monogramed initials to sign their work. The Victorian era saw the rise of monograms among the middle classes.