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12 Creative Jewelry Engraving Ideas for Your Loved One

Kate Miller-Wilson
Wedding ring with inscription

Personalizing your jewelry can go way beyond adding a simple name to the inside of a ring. If you want something truly special, it helps to peruse a few jewelry engraving ideas that will be personal and unique.

Creative Romantic Engravings

If you're buying jewelry as a gift for your husband, wife, or special someone, there are lots of ways to personalize it with a one-of-a-kind engraving. Try these creative options, which go way beyond traditional wedding ring engravings.

Latitude and Longitude

There are special places in the world, places that mean something to just the two of you. You can commemorate an important spot on the globe by having the latitude and longitude of that spot engraved on a piece of jewelry. Consider one of these:

  • The spot where you first met
  • The place were you first had an adventure or vacation together
  • Where you got engaged or married
Latitude and Longitude engraved on a watch

Secret Word

A word that has meaning just for the two of you makes an incredibly romantic engraving. You can add it to the inside of a ring, the back of a locket, cufflinks, or even a watch. Try these ideas:

  • A pet name
  • A word like "cloudburst" that refers to a shared experience
  • An inside joke

Part of a Love Letter

If you and your beloved exchanged love letters in the past, you can engrave something special with a line or two from the letter. You can even have it engraved in the original handwriting to create a romantic heirloom. This could be perfect for a cuff bracelet or the back of a watch.

Unique Engravings for Parents

Your life changes when you become a parent, and it's only natural to commemorate that role with jewelry. Personalized engravings make a great way to thank moms and dads or to celebrate a new addition.


Since each fingerprint is unique, this makes a wonderful, one-of-a-kind way to engrave a piece of jewelry. This works for both moms and dads, no matter what age the child is. You'll generally want a larger surface for this, such as a flat necklace or locket, a cuff bracelet, or the back of a watch.

Watch With Birthdate and Time

If you're looking for a perfect watch engraving for a new mom or dad, engrave a timepiece with the date and time of a child's birth. If there are more than one child, you can add multiple lines.

Small Drawing

Children's drawings can be a wonderful snapshot of a moment in time. You can preserve their artwork by having it miniaturized and engraved on an item of jewelry. Tiny versions of favorite drawings look wonderful on cuff bracelets, tie tacks, and more.

Personal Engravings for Sons and Daughters

You can also add a special engraving to jewelry for a son or daughter. This is the kind of item the recipient will treasure forever because the inscription is so unique and personal.

Favorite Quote From a Book

Whether you're still reading bedtime stories or those days have long since passed, there are always special books that stick in the memory. Choose a line from a favorite and have these words engraved on the inside of a ring, the back of a locket, a pocket watch, or a bracelet. Consider the following:

Goodnight Words

Those words you whisper as you tuck your child into bed have magic in them; engrave them on a special item so your son or daughter will know you are always there. For an added personal touch, have them engraved in your handwriting.

  • I love you bigger than the sky.
  • Love you 'til morning's light.
  • I'll see you in my dreams.
Gold locket engraved

Special Name

Do you have a nickname that you call your child or used to use when he or she was little? Have this name engraved in a hidden spot on a piece of jewelry. Think inside a ring or bracelet, on the back of a watch or tie bar, or on the clasp of a necklace. Try something like these:

  • Peanut
  • Pouty-Face
  • Sweet Pea
  • Sweet Thing

Hilarious Engravings

Want to give a good laugh along with a piece of jewelry. Try one of these options.

For a Sister or Friend

If you're giving a piece of jewelry to a sister or best friend, try engraving it with a line that indicates you can borrow it anytime you like. Consider:

  • What's yours is mine!
  • I know you love to share.

For a Husband or Wife

You know that pet name that you mostly use as a joke? You'll both get a good laugh when your beloved sees that engraved on his new cuff links. Use these for inspiration:

  • Snookums
  • Pookie-Pie
  • Cutie Patootie

For Parents

Add a funny touch by calculating the number of diapers a parent needs to change in a year and engraving that number on the back of a special mother's necklace or other item. The contrast between the lovely jewelry and the endless diaper changes will give any parent a good laugh. Alternatively, if you're giving to just mom, you could use the number of hours she labored; for dad, a silly number for the steps he paced!

Make It Unique and Personal

The key to making engravings unique and personal is to think about what the recipient will really love. If you reference what makes this person or relationship special, you'll end up with a meaningful gift that will be treasured for years to come.

12 Creative Jewelry Engraving Ideas for Your Loved One