The history of engraving can be traced all the way back to ancient times. In fact, it is known that some of the first engravings began about 500,000 years ago.
So really, it’s nothing new...
Back then, people would carve symbols and images into stones and wood (i.e. hieroglyphics) as a way to honor their rulers and beliefs.
Engravings were also used to decorate everyday items like jewelry and plaques — something we still do today.
Over time, the art of engraving evolved as new tools and techniques were found to make the process easier. Something once carved by hand in hours can now be done with a laser engraver in a matter of seconds.
Why is this important? First of all, much of history would be lost if engraving was never a thing… what else could withstand hundreds of thousands of years?
And if engraving never became a thing, you would be missing out on the opportunity to create something awesome!
Remember, engravings literally last a lifetime. After all, some were dated back at least 500,000 years!
...That’s over 5,000 lifetimes, to be exact.
Sure, they might last forever. But what else is so great about them?
What Makes Engravings Special?
If you haven’t noticed yet, engravings are permanent… mostly. Think of them as custom tattoos, but for objects. They are meaningful symbols that stay with someone forever.
They Create Memories
Each time someone sees your engraving, they will be reminded of you — it will help them relive some special moment in their life. By giving someone an engraved gift, you’ve given them a lifelong memory.
Personalized engravings can be a continuing source of inspiration for yourself or others. Seeing that special message will help to get back on track, stay positive, and go beyond any personal limits when the going gets tough.
Anything you choose to engrave will truly be one-of-a-kind. As your own, it’s likely no one will have the same piece. As a gift, it will stand out from all the others... that person will see the personalized message and instantly know who it was from. Kudos to you!
Gifts with custom engravings are very thoughtful. Adding a personal touch to the gift lets that person know you took the time to make it extra special for them. Remember, it’s the thought that counts… just know your “thought” will be better than everyone else's!
You aren't limited to what can be engraved.
Almost anything made of metal, plastic, or wood can be engraved! And the list goes on. Even things you thought could not be engraved, probably can be. Of all materials though, wood has easily become one of the most popular choices for engravings.
Why? Because wood is super versatile and comes in so many varieties. It is also very lightweight and durable, making it easy to work with.
Engravings also look wayyy more natural on wood than on other materials… almost like it wasn’t just done by a robot.
And since there are so many options for wooden gifts — like our stylish wooden watches — you’ll have plenty of opportunities to add a custom engraving.
What Can I Engrave?
Another great thing about engraving is that it’s not limited to one style.
Whether you want to add letters, numbers, lines, curves, or other symbols — or even change the font— it’s totally up to you! The only limitation is the size of the object being engraved.
And engravings are a great option for literally any occasion: birthdays, graduation, weddings, Father’s Day, corporate events… you name it!
There are literally thousands of ways you can engrave something, so you won’t ever run out of options. So get to it!
Not sure what your engraving should say? No worries! Check out these ideas for quotes to get some inspiration. You'll be sure to find the perfect idea for yourself or that special someone in your life!