The custom of inscribing romantic poetry onto wedding rings began in the courts of medieval Europe. Today, engraving a message on the inside of the shank -- even around the perimeter of the stone! -- is one of the easiest ways to personalize an engagement ring or your wedding bands.
How to Do It
Make the request to get your ring engraved by your jeweler when you order the ring.
If the jeweler can't do it, he should be able to refer you to an engraver. Be sure to double-check the spelling of the requested inscription before you pass it on to the engraver, and check it again when you receive it.
“Be sure to double-check the spelling of the requested inscription before you pass it on to the engraver, and check it again when you receive it.”
When to Do It
Engraving can be done as quickly as while you wait, or it can take up to one month. Ask your jeweler how long yours will take and plan ahead.
What It Costs
If you can’t edit your sentiment down to a mere few words or want to use a stanza from a poem or song, consider engraving your message around the rim of the stone itself. The GIA (Gemological Institute of America) can laser-inscribe a microscopic message or even a graphic. The inscription is invisible to the naked eye and can only be seen with a magnifying glass, so it can be a romantic secret between the two of you. Inscribing a message on your diamond also serves as a foolproof “birthmark” should the stone ever be lost or stolen.
The cost is usually based on the number of characters in the inscription, the font used, and whether it will be engraved by hand or machine. Machine engraving tends to be cheaper, on average $25 for 15 characters, while hand-engraving is usually pricier, at $75 for 8 characters, but adds a special hand-forged feel. The price of the inscription on the actual diamond varies depending on the carat weight of the diamond, but prices start at $15 for graphics or 15 characters.
Words of Engravement
Popular and sentimental wedding ring engraving ideas:
I love you
Our love is eternal
To my soul mate
C.R. to D.L. July 10
C&D forever (use your first initials)
I thee wed
All my love
I marry you
You have my heart
My heart is in your hands
Never to part
To my wife/husband
Soul mates forever
I’m always with you
To have and to hold
Schmoopie (Your private nicknames for each other)
Here is my heart; guard it well!
No one but you
God for me provided thee
God unite both in love
In thy breast my heart doth rest (Old English)
Por tous jours (For all days -- 15th-century French)
Joie sans fin (Joy without end -- French)
Mon coeur est a vous (You have my heart -- French)
Je t’aime (I love you -- French)
Mon amour (My love -- French)
Il mio cuore e il tuo per sempre (My heart is yours forever -- Italian)
Amore mio (My love -- Italian)
Vivo per lei (I live for her -- Italian)
Myn Genyst (My heart -- Old German)
Mizpah (May the Lord watch between you and me when we are absent from one another -- Hebrew, Genesis 31:49)
Ani L’dodi V’dodi Li (My beloved is mine and I am his -- Hebrew, Song of Solomon 2:16)
Semper amemus (Let us always love -- Latin)
Semper fidelis (Always faithful -- Latin)
Pari passu (With equal step -- Latin)
Amor vincit omnia (Love conquers all -- Latin)
Deus nos iunxit (God joined us -- Latin)
(Happily ever after -- Chinese)
(Blissful harmony -- Chinese)
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