Jewelry Engraving Tools

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Jewelry Engraving Tools
Engraving jewellery can be done by hand or machine. (bague ancienne image by Vely from

Jewellery making is a very delicate art and requires a good amount of skill and patience. Even the most adept jeweller requires the right jewellery engraving tools to make the perfect customised piece of jewellery. Engraving tools are basically miniature chisels made from hard metals like steel. These tools are used on precious metals and at specific angles to make the desired design.

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Gravers are generally made from high quality steel and some have carbide cutting tips. These have sharpened tips with specific shapes for specific uses. They come with handles which provide the user good control and comfort while working. There are different types of gravers available on the market. The most common types are the air engraver, flat graver, round graver, oval graver, onglette, knife graver, bevelled graver and florentine finish graver. Gravers are used for a variety of jobs like cutting letters, carving thin embellishments in the jewellery and making impressions to set stones.  

Engraving Machines

Engraving machines allow jewellers to engrave with less physical work and deliver the same quality of work each time. Some of the benefits of engraving machines are better ergonomics, faster engraving times, flexibility with fonts and the kind of products that can be engraved. Engraving machines are mostly favoured for the speed they allow when engraving. Some of the commonly used engraving machines are the flat engraving machines with type set for engraving text on bracelets, charms, watches, lighters and pens, and inside ring engraving machines for engraving short messages, dates or initials on the insides of the small rings.

Engraving Blocks and Bowls

Engraving blocks help hold the jewellery piece firmly in place while performing delicate work like engraving or stone setting. The block normally has a wood base with a rubber pad over it, which is a turntable with jaws that open and close through screws. The other accessories that are used along with the engraving block are straight pins and clamps, ring clamps, contour vice, vice jaws, peg clamp, inside ring holder, ring mandrel set, pitch bowls and pads.

Computerised Engraving Machine

This is the latest in jewellery engraving equipment. These machines can be connected to standard desktops and provides precision with versatility. These machines are compact, quiet and portable and come with a set of software, tutorial, accessories and tools. The engraving work is done through laser pointers. The plates and material to be engraved can be clamped to the machine quite easily as they come with a self-centring vice.

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