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A Guide to Laser Engraving

We are now the proud new owners of a laser engraving machine! This device is the latest in technology and can create a vast array of ring designs in the flash of a laser beam!

We are very excited about having the new machine in the workshop…

How does it work?

Our laser engraving machine has three main parts: a laser, a controller, and a surface (the ring). The laser is like a pencil- the beam emitted from it allows us to trace patterns, words and images onto the rings. We control the direction, intensity, speed of movement depending on what surface we are engraving.

The image that you convert onto the machine can be engraved on all metals, wood and even card.

Any image can be converted into black and white and turned into a file for engraving which means the possibilities are endless!



What is the difference between machine and laser engraving?

Machine engraving is a small machine with a diamond tip pen that inscribes words inside rings. The machine engraving is limited to simple fonts for example Roman, Script and Helvetica.

The laser beam can create much more accurate engravings it has a clear cut, deeper and crisper line.


Here are some photographs to show the kind of designs that are possible…

What can I have engraved onto my ring?


We are able to engrave almost any kind of pattern, image, symbol or words onto the inside or outside of your ring. The image has to be black and white with clear, thick lines.

You can send us a drawing or a photograph of something similar to what you want and we will transfer it into a workable design (as seen below).

If you are looking to have animals or specific icons like the Eiffel Tower on your ring, then it would be best to have a look online under silhouettes to find the perfect image.

Try and keep in mind that whilst your design might look great on your screen it will be reduced down to a 5th of the size to fit the scale of a ring and any intricate details will be lost. The bolder your design is the more effective it will be as a finished ring.



What is a popular engraving?

For Machine Engraving customers usually have their names and wedding date however it is totally up to your preference wether you choose a verse from a poem or a personal message.

Laser Engraving has such a huge variety of options however we have found that our more contemporary options are popular. You can have your partners fingerprint engraved on your ring or the sound wave of your favourite love song!


What is Ancient Runes engraving?

You can have your name or secret message translated into runes which are the letters in a set of related alphabets known as runic alphabets, which were used to write various Germanic languages before the adoption of the Latin alphabet.

The runic alphabet goes from A-Z and does not include numbers so if you want a date as well as runes engraving then the date will be shown in standard Roman font.

How to take a perfect fingerprint?

If you decide that you would like a fingerprint engraving on your ring then we will need to send you a ink pad kit.


Firstly wash your hands so they are clean and dry them well.

Roll your finger from left to right twice and press hard so that you cover the top of the finger.

Roll your finger onto card or paper from left to right.

Make as many prints on the paper as possible until your prints are fairly faint.

Repeat until you have a few prints that you are happy with.

If they don’t look great then try a different finger.

Then return them in the post to us.


An example of the perfect finger print.



What should I be aware of when selecting my design?

Any design that is minimised to the tiny scale of a ring will need to be bold with thick lines otherwise the details will be lost and it will be very hard to define what it is.

Laser engraving your own design on to a plain wedding ring will be regarded as a bespoke request and therefore your ring will be non-returnable.

Laser engraving can be left as a plain cutting line or it can be filled with a blackener which will make the engraving clearer.

The blackener that is added should withstand normal wear and tear when inside thin engraved lines, however large expanses of engraving with cut out areas could leave the black exposed to some wear and you may need it reapplied in the future.

We would usually recommend that engraving should be applied on a 3mm width ring and upwards, the thicker the width the more space there will be to scale up the design and the better it will look.

We are currently only able to engrave rings that have been made by ourselves. This is because our insurance only covers rings made by Wedding Rings Direct and any other ring would not be covered in case something would happen to it during the engraving process.


How do I make an enquiry?

You can email us at [email protected] and send over your ring specifications as well as an image of what you are hoping to have engraved.

We can send you a list of the symbols on offer and talk you through the design process if you need to have your own image converted for the engraving machine.
Once we have finalised your bespoke request then we can set up a bespoke order for you and send you a payment request for the amount.

In some cases we will include a sample image with your order so that you can see how the design will look before we go ahead and engrave your real rings.

A bespoke ring will usually take up to 4 weeks to manufacture but if you only need a simple symbol added to your ring then this should not add any time onto the lead-time that you can see on our website.


Thank you for reading and we hope that this has given you some valuable tips on getting your ring laser engraved. If you have any further questions do not hesitate to call or email us.


  • Thomasina Steere

    Hi ya, I’m looking for someone who can engrave a tungsten carbide wedding ring. Would you be able to help?
    They can be laser engraved apparently but my local places can’t do it.
    Many thanks

    • Mika Paulsson

      Hi there. We do laser engrave tungsten rings. If you could please send the ring to below address with a cover note stating what you would like and contact details, we will be in contact with a quote when we receive it. Many thanks! Please send the ring to:
      Studio 1, Level 4
      New England House
      New England Street
      BN1 4GH

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