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What types of materials can be engraved?

  • Glass - mirrors, drinking glasses
  • Plastics
  • Wood
  • Leather
  • Canvas
  • Steel, aluminium, brass*
  • Bracelets, rings, jewellery (some types) - refer to hand engraving
  • Ask us!!

Our processes include:

  • computer aided machine engraving
  • laser engraving
  • full colour sublimation transfer printing
  • engraving by hand*


Clear & correct instructions deliver best results

The primary task of our engraving staff is to reproduce information exactly how it is provided. Therefore, it is up to you to ensure your instructions are clear and the engraving details thoroughly checked for correctness.

If there are mistakes in the information you provide it is quite possible that those mistakes will appear in the finished work. Where errors are obvious we will correct them or get in touch with you for clarity or confirmation. However if errors originate in details you provide - and we do not notice - we cannot be blamed for reproducing them.

Please check your engraving information before you give it to us. Important details such as the spelling of names and places, grammar and punctuation, are common problem areas.

If you are not sure how to proceed, always ask - we're happy to help you achieve the best results.

Please Contact Us with any questions.

Important Note

Certain items may not be engravable due to their thickness, hardness, proportions, etc., while other items may be suitable only for a specific type of engraving - eg. by laser, by diamond-tip, or by hand, etc.

We may also advise against engraving an item (or choose not to ) because of its value and the uncertainty of the engraving result.

Always contact us to enquire about engraving on personal and valuable items**.

Do you have a long list of names for engraving?

Please refer to the List Format page for important information.

Logos and graphics

Logos and special graphics can be incorporated in most cases. There will be a one-off logo setup fee (see the "Artwork" section of the Help Page) and ask about this when you order.

In most cases we will be able to provide a detailed artwork example (in PDF format or as a printout) so you can see how your engraving will look before work commences.

* Hand Engraving

If your item is delicate, too small or not suitable for machine or laser engraving, we can arrange for our hand engraver to make the inscriptions you require.

Typically the engraver collects items once per week and returns them within 2 days.

Common items that require engraving by hand include

  • Watches
  • Perpetual shields where small plates are curved
  • Rings
  • Wine bottles (not sparkling or champagne as the bottles can burst)
  • Silver egg cups

If you're not sure whether your item requires hand or machine engraving, contact us or bring the item into the store - generally we will know once we see it.

** Engraving Personal Items

Although we take the highest degree of care with your valuables (i.e. items you bring to us for engraving) sometimes errors can happen - spelling, machine faults, etc. So when you leave an item with us for engraving, you accept all risks involved, including cost of replacement. If you believe an error was made by us that could easily have been avoided, please talk to us about this - we'll be happy to discuss the matter with you and, if we find that we are at fault, work out a swift and suitable solution.

For information on Engraving Prices and the correct List Format to provide us, see the Link Panel

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