Selecting the perfect engagement and wedding ring takes incredible patience and skill. Does your partner prefer ethical gold or non-traditional gemstones? Will you design a wedding ring with a jeweler, purchase one directly from the case, or choose something vintage?
At the end of this decision-making process, couples are often uncertain whether they should include an engraving.
We’ve compiled some of our favorite unique wedding ring engraving ideas. From delightfully silly to timelessly romantic, whichever you choose will commemorate your special day forever.
Traditional Band Engraving Ideas
Carving love quotes into rings has been popular for hundreds of years. Romans and Greeks would often impart phrases of fidelity and love. The tradition carried on through poesy rings from the 5th to 16th centuries.
These popular engraved rings ran the spectrum from platonic to amorous feelings and offered the wearer the opportunity to personalize an otherwise simple band. Some lines included:
“As gold is pure, so love is sure”
“My love by this presented is.”
“You never knew a ♡ so true.”
“Win it and wear it.”
While the language of ring inscriptions may have changed, the sentiment certainly hasn’t.
Initials and Dates
For many, a simple addition of a wedding date is a beautiful encapsulation of the joining of lives. Some grooms and brides may add initials to make a ring just a bit more personal.
Religious passages have always been popular options for inscriptions. Depending on the length, however, it may be best to choose the verse number. Some beautiful Bible verses to engrave on wedding rings may include:
” 1 John 4:7 “Let us love one another, for love comes from God.”
“Corinthians 13:4 “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.”
For Jewish wedding ring inscriptions, the following are both heartfelt and timeless adages of love:
“Song of Solomon 6:3 “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine.”
“Ruth 1:16 “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay.”
Is there a lyric that you both feel epitomizes your special relationship? Do you have a favorite verse from the first song you ever danced to? Was your first kiss at the perfect crescendo of a favorite musician’s piece? Beautiful memories like these are excellent additions to your wedding ring.
A Cute Phrase or Joke
Is there a lyric that epitomizes your special relationship? A ring engraving for your husband might include a favorite verse from the first song you danced to. For her, you might choose a phrase that reminds you of your first kiss. Beautiful memories like these are excellent additions to your wedding ring.
Creative Wedding Band Engraving Ideas
If more traditional ring engravings don’t feel appropriate, the following inscription ideas are only limited by length:
An Inside Joke or Phrase
Each time your partner takes their ring off to do housework or repairs, a short reminder like “Put me back on!” will have your partner smiling. If you’re known for your wit and sense of humor, some other contenders include:
“You’re stuck with me now!”
“Don’t even think about it!”
If there’s a word or short phrase that makes the two of you laugh uncontrollably, why not select it? If you’re a duo that’s always cracking each other up, these are excellent engraving ideas for engagement rings and wedding rings alike.
Love in Any Language
While Latin is considered a ‘dead’ language, it’s timeless when paired with fine jewelry. If you speak multiple languages, consider including ‘I love you’ in your mother tongue. Always be sure to double-check with the jeweler, however, to ensure that the font and script are correct.
Cute and/or Embarrassing Nicknames
Whether it’s “Baby” or a “Pookie Pie”, nicknames are wonderful additions to any wedding band. Since only you’ll know what’s engraved on your ring liners, no one has to know about your (possibly embarrassing) pet names for each other!
A Picture Paints a Thousand Words
One of the most commonly requested images is an infinity sign, which illustrates the everlasting bond between a married couple. If your partner has “Obsessive Disney Disorder”, include an iconic Mickey Mouse silhouette. Maybe the two of your share a favorite emoji that encapsulates a long-standing joke in your relationship.
Most jewelers can incorporate a design of your choosing, so long as it’s simple enough to etch onto a small area.
The Scene of the Crime (of Passion)
Perhaps it was love at first sight in San Francisco (37.7749° N, 122.4194° W). Maybe you fell madly in love on Machu Picchu (13.1631° S, 72.5450° W). Wherever Cupid struck, consider incorporating that location’s coordinates into your wedding band.
Longer Quotes Can Be Split Between You
If a meaningful love quote, lyric, or poem takes up too much space on your ring band, consider sharing it between the two of you. It’s a romantic and fitting notion that the two rings complete each other.
Mokume Gane Rings That Are Completely Yours
Though space might be limited, your engraving will have an enormous impact. And because this is one of the last elements of the ring-making process, you’ll have plenty of time to decide exactly what you want to say.
Each element of your wedding ring symbolizes your special relationship. That’s why Jaume Labro creates custom Mokume Gane engagement rings and wedding rings that are as unique as the bond you share.
If you want to know more about our unique wedding ring engraving ideas, let us know and we will talk more in detail in our next article.