Typeface advice for wedding band engraving

Susan Christine's picture

Hello all,

I would very much appreciate some help! My fiancé loves typography and can be very particular about designs. I'm very much out of my element here. I would like to have his wedding band engraved with a brief inscription, but the engravers out there seem to have few typeface options available on their websites; many are very script-like, fussy, and florid, rather than clear and elegant.

Does anyone have any experience with this? What typefaces would you suggest? Something with serifs? All capital letters, or capitals + small capitals? Would going to someone who can do hand (rather than machine) engraving be the best option? What things should be avoided?

Thanks for your help!

JamesM's picture

> Would going to someone who can do hand (rather
> than machine) engraving be the best option?

According to Tiffany's website, hand engraving lasts longer (I presume because it's deeper), which might be an important consideration on a wedding band. They say:

Machine Engraving — This method employs a computer-controlled tool to displace the metal... Over time, machine engraving may fade on items that are worn frequently

Hand Engraving — Hand engraving is the art of removing metal to create lettering through the use of manual tools. Tiffany engravers handcraft unique designs that will last a lifetime.

kentlew's picture

Please continue the conversation on the other thread:

http://typophile.com/node/88165

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