Hand engraving vs. laser engraving – A comparison of the processes
The art of engraving gives jewelry a personal touch and is extremely popular with commercial customers, especially specialist customers. In this post we take a look at the two most common processes – hand engraving and laser engraving. We will explore the differences between the two techniques and how each procedure is performed. This allows you as a professional to make informed decisions and offer your customers uniquely engraved jewelry.
Hand engraving is a traditional and time-consuming process carried out by experienced craftsmen. The process begins with a skilled engraver drawing a pattern, font or personal design onto the jewelry. The design is then carefully carved into the surface of the material using fine engraving tools.
Advantages of hand engraving:
- Uniqueness: Each hand engraving is unique and gives the jewelry a special individuality.
- Artistic Expression: Hand engravings show the engraver’s handwriting and can create a more emotional connection with the customer.
- Versatility: Various fonts and complex designs are possible to meet customers’ requirements.
Disadvantages of hand engraving:
- Time-consuming: Hand engraving requires a lot of time and skill, which limits the number of pieces.
- Costly: Due to the manual effort, the cost of hand engraving can be higher.
Laser engraving is a modern process that is carried out using computer-controlled laser beams. The desired design is entered into a special software program that precisely guides the laser over the surface of the jewelry and creates the engraving step by step.
Advantages of laser engraving:
- Precision: Laser engraving allows for high-precision and fine details that are difficult to achieve with hand engraving.
- Speed: The laser-based process is efficient and enables faster production of large quantities.
- Consistency: Each engraved piece of jewelry will look exactly the same, ensuring consistent results.
Disadvantages of laser engraving:
- Limited Individuality: Although personalized elements are possible, laser engraving often lacks the unique signature of a hand engraver.
- Material dependency: Not all jewelry materials are suitable for laser engraving, especially on sensitive or thin surfaces.
How is it prepared?
Hand engraving requires a high level of craftsmanship, while laser engraving is technically controlled. In hand engraving, the engraver uses various tools to precisely carve the desired design. With laser engraving, pieces of jewelry are clamped into a machine that controls the laser beam according to the specifications of the design and burns the engraving into the surface.
Conclusion: Both engraving processes have their advantages and disadvantages. Hand engraving impresses with its uniqueness and artistic expression, while laser engraving scores with precision and efficiency. The choice between the two processes depends on the customer’s specific requirements, jewelry material and budget. No matter which technique you choose, a carefully engraved message or design gives every piece of jewelry a very special value and an individual touch.