What is hand stamped jewelry?
Personalized jewelry has been popular for hundreds of years and is still very trendy today. Any important milestone can live on indefinitely and become a modern day heirloom.
To create meaningful pieces for my customers, I meticulously hand stamp their memories into metal and turn them into tangible, every day reminders.
Hand stamping is a technique used to impress letters or designs by hammering a steel stamp into a metal blank. Metal stamps come in a variety of font styles, shapes, and designs that are pre-fabricated for jewelry artists.
Stamped jewelry is occasionally confused with engraved jewelry. Although the terms can be used interchangeably, engraving is a much different process. To engrave, metal is removed by hand using an extremely sharp graver and a steady hand. More commonly, especially in the era of mass produced “fast-fashion”, engraving is done by computer aided machines.
Unlike engraved jewelry, metal is not removed when it’s stamped. The letter or design is permanently impressed by stamping and can’t be changed or removed once it’s made. This process can make it difficult to show samples of how a piece might turn out ahead of time. Every single piece, even if it’s multiples of the same phrase, will turn out slightly different from the next. This technique lends a charm that only hand stamped, handcrafted jewelry can create.
The photo above is the very first piece I stamped; a copper blank with my dog Queenie's name. The alignment and spacing of letters, creating a uniform depth, and adapting to the quirks of each stamp take years to learn and perfect.
I’d love to work with you and create your special piece. Please reach out if you’d like to talk about your design ideas or if you have any questions.
If you love the idea of personalized hand stamped jewelry, but aren’t sure what to have inscribed, here’s a list of popular ideas:
- Wedding, anniversary, or engagement dates
- Birthdates of children or special people in your life
- Names or initials of loved ones
- Coordinates to a memorable place where something meaningful happened
- A short quote or mantra that is important to you