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Engraved wedding bands

Ephemeral, transient, fleeting—call it what you like, but the truth is clear: we live in a time where thoughts, words, images, and videos are forgotten as quickly as they appear. When Post-it notes are easily crumpled and tweets get buried under a mountain of even more tweets, how do we make anything meaningful last?
This may be a great quandary of our generation, but when it comes to love, weddings, and marriage, there is at least one solution: simply engrave your wedding bands with a few private, heartfelt words. An engraving is a way to set your relationship in stone, or, more appropriately, precious metals!

Simple Engraving

Many jewelers offer simple engraving—usually a single line of text—on the inside of a wedding band for a nominal fee. If you know you want engraved wedding bands but you’re not sure what you want them to say, consider the following options:
Initials, names, and dates. Many couples love to include their initials and the date of their wedding on the inside. Popular combinations include: “AB + CD,” “ A + C 5/22/2014,” “ILY 5.22.14,” “ ABC∞DEF,”  and more.
Saying and quotes. Occasionally you will run across a quote that expresses how you feel perfectly.  Sometimes the best engravings are simple expressions such as, “I do,” “You and I,” or “All my love.” Depending on the size of your ring, you may be able to request a longer saying or quote, such as, “Who, being loved, is poor?” by Oscar Wilde or, “Love conquers all,” by Virgil.
Foreign sayings. If you adore languages that are romantic or exotic, find a saying that speaks to you—just make sure that you are 100% positive of what it means in English! A simple “I love you” sounds beautiful in any language. A wonderful Latin saying from Virgil is, “nunc scio quid sit amor,” which translates to “Now I know what love is.”
Religious sayings. If you and your partner are spiritual, you might want to engrave a saying that pays homage to your beliefs. Some beautiful options are, “Love is kind.” 1 Corinthians 13:4, and “hope and love,” I Corinthians 13:13.
Connected sayings, first band to second band. If the quote you love is too long or you’ve discovered a saying that has two parts, consider placing half of the line on your band and the other half on your partner’s. This is a wonderful way to indicate that you make each other complete! Some cute ideas are, “How sweet it is (band 1)… to be loved by you (band 2)” and “To infinity (band 1)… and beyond!(band 2)”
Personal sayings or nicknames. There aren’t any suggestions for this option! If you and your partner have a saying you always use between the two of you (oftentimes leaving others scratching their heads in confusion), you might choose to immortalize it on your wedding bands.

Engraved Wedding Bands

Custom Engraving

If you would prefer an engraving that is slightly more intricate than a simple saying, consider custom designing a wedding band. The custom design process gives you the freedom to create a stunning, one-of-a-kind ring that features almost any design! For example, fingerprint rings are highly sought after for their unique design and deep meaning. Take your partner’s fingerprint and have the identifying pattern engraved on the inside or outside of your wedding ring! If you have other symbols that mean something special to both of you, don’t hesitate to contact our custom design team to craft your perfectly engraved wedding bands!

Keep in Mind

♦ Engraved wedding rings may take a bit longer to be delivered.
♦ Most of the time these bands cannot be returned, exchanged, or resized.
♦ Not every ring can be engraved, particularly those that are too thin or highly contoured.
♦ The amount of characters (letters and spaces) that you can use will be determined by how large your finger/ring is. Smaller fingers and rings allow fewer characters, whereas larger rings allow a longer saying.
♦ Make sure you always, always double check the spelling of what you want engraved. The engraver won’t necessarily know what you meant to say, so ensuring sure that it’s correct is up to you!

Final Thoughts

What have you or would you engrave on your wedding bands? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments!


Sarah Says:
March 4th, 2014 at 8:33 am

can the Hawaiian islands be engraved on the inside of a mens wedding band?

B. Earth Says:
March 4th, 2014 at 10:52 am

Hi Sarah, we can create almost any ring through our custom design process: http://www.brilliantearth.com/custom-ring-design-process/. If you have any more questions, feel free to reach out to our custom design specialists. You can reach them via email (http://www.brilliantearth.com/contact/) or by calling 800-691-0952.

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