How Much Does Jewelry Engraving Cost?


Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff
Last Updated:  August 8, 2018

Jewelry engraving is mostly done to personalize a piece of jewelry by incising a name or logo on it and is usually applied to a wedding or engagement ring.   However, it can be done to almost any piece of jewelry for any reason.

The price of jewelry engraving depends on the type of design that you will engrave on the ring, what type of engraving, the complexity of this design and the jeweler/professional performing the job.

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How much does jewelry engraving cost?

On average, jewelry engraving can cost anywhere from $10 to $100 depending on the factors mentioned above.  Some services may also charge based on the number of characters.  For example, according to our research, a simple wedding band can be engraved for $25 to $100 if you were to use a machine.  If you were to have the jewelry engraved by hand, then the costs could be double or triple the amount.  For instance, Tiffany & Co charges $30 for three letters or $60 for a per of cuff links, for example.  Machine engraving, though, will be $15 per three items or $30 for a pair of cufflinks.

According to GemAffair.com, a jewelry engraving service, provides its services for anywhere from $10 to $15.

Higher end jewelry engraving services such as CelticJewelry.com offers engraving services that range anywhere from $20 to $100.  Six characters, for instance, will cost about $20, while additional characters can cost $5 each.

On WeddingBee.com, members who were recently married paid anywhere from as little as $18 to more than $150 to have their wedding ring engraved.

ItemAverage Price
Setup Fee$5 to $10
First line of text, about 30 characters$5 to $10
Additional lines of text$5 to $10
Graphics$0.50 to $1 per square inch
Custom designs$50 to $100 per hour

Jewelry engraving overview

Before the engraving process starts, the engraver will allow you to choose the fonts, what it is going to say, as well as show you on a computer what it is going to look like before the project even starts.  The process, depending on how busy the professional is, generally takes anywhere from one to two days.

Most companies will have a specific minimum before they work with you, usually about $10 or so.

What are the extra costs?

Professionals may also charge a setup fee that can cost $5 to $10.

Most services will charge per a certain amount of characters, and if you need more than this amount, each additional character can be an additional charge.

Expedited shipping or services that have to be done within 48 hours can result in an additional fee.

Stock logos or designs will often be included in the quote, but if you want something customized and unique, the costs can be more.

If the engraving is on a piece of jewelry that is worn often, such as a wedding ring, the engraving may need to be retouched or redone in the future.  This will most likely be charged the same as the original engraving.

Tips to know:

When choosing an engraving service, make sure that the engravings are done by a graduate jeweler that is certified.  It doesn’t hurt to ask how the engraving is going to be done.  Many will be done in-house while others can be shipped to another location.  It’s best to consider an in-house service since this will lessen the chance of the ring from getting lost.

Before you consider meeting with an expert, try jotting down exactly what you want.  Do you want it for a certain event?  Do you want a certain font?  Do you want a certain date?  These are perfect questions to ask so that you can have the perfect engraving job.

Some companies may have restrictions, so it’s best to check ahead of time.  For instance, Tiffany & Co. won’t engrave numbers or punctuation marks, and they will only engrave in upper case letters.

How can I save money?

To save money, you will need to make sure that you compare prices with at least three different jewelers.  Many are going to offer the services at different prices and you would want to go with the place that can offer engraving services at the lowest price possible.


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Average Reported Cost: $4545

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How much did you spend?

Was it worth it?  

  1. fox (pawleys island,  sc) paid $90 and said:

    4 dog tags engraved with 1 name on each

    Was it worth it? No

  2. Robert (New York City,  New York) paid $9000 and said:

    I got 50 16 carrot gold rings w/ diamond chavings engraved with my fiance’s date to give to her for my proposal, they engraved it for $10,000 and got $9,000 worth of shavings

    Was it worth it? Yes

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