When it comes to engagement rings, there is perhaps nothing better than the stories behind them—how the question was popped, how the hunt led to that very ring. But there’s a secret to having the coolest engagement ring that can remain something shared between the happy couple. We’re talking about ring engraving.
Inscribing a romantic message on the inner band is a special way to personalize an engagement ring and mark the moment. To find out some original engraving ideas, we tapped jewelry designer Montana Coady of Coady Culha. She admits that she has “definitely seen a trend where more people are getting their wedding bands engraved.” Since she’s had a hand in personalizing rings for some of her clients, she has not only cool ideas for what to inscribe but also tips for the best way to end up with an engraving the bride will love.
Go on to find out her ring engraving ideas and expert recommendations, and then shop engagement rings fit for the bride-to-be.
“I like the idea of engraving a wedding band. We do that a lot. It adds more personalization. I always prefer hand engraving vs. laser.”
WHAT TO ENGRAVE
“A lot of times, we will engrave the wedding date and the couple’s initials on the inside of the band. Sometimes people will engrave a sweet message, for example, ‘I love thee.’ I would engrave something that is special to the couple.”
“Leave a couple weeks to get the engraving done.”
“Spend $100 to $250 for engraving, depending on what you pick.”
- “I love thee”
- Both sets of initials
- Couple’s initials combined with their wedding date
- Last name
- A personal joke
- A memory
Go on to shop for 20 beautiful engagement rings.
A simple band can easily be stacked with different rings.
The diamonds wrapped around the band add an elegant detail.
Tiffany & Co. The Tiffany Setting ($12,600)
Impossible to go wrong with this classic engagement ring.
The ideal blend of modern and traditional.
For the less traditional bride.
The twisted band gives this ring a feminine touch.
The combination of the pearl and diamonds adds a more rustic touch.
Monique Péan Minéraux Brilliant-Cut White Diamond Ring ($26,340)
The recycled platinum on this ring gives it a slight vintage feel.
McTeigue & McClelland Classic Flora Ring ($32,000)
Highlight your diamond ring with a basic band.
The two diamonds frame the center stone perfectly.
For a boho bride.
Harry Winston Round Brilliant Engagement Ring With Pear-Shaped Side Stones ($30,400)
This style is extremely popular right now.
De Beers Classic Pave Oval Cut Solitaire Ring ($11,400)
This ring can easily be stacked with other diamond bands.
Rose-gold engagement rings are definitely on the rise.
Cathy Waterman Flower Corner Ring ($32,500)
This vintage-inspired ring is timeless.
Cartier Carat Emerald-Cut Diamond Ring ($69,500)
Cartier is always a safe bet for a high-quality ring.
An ideal band for engraving detail.
A rose-gold engagement ring is easy to wear with previous gold rings.
Sliced diamonds are perfect for an earthier bride.
On a budget? Etsy has great affordable and boutique options.