Choosing the perfect wedding ring often takes incredible patience, skill, and thoughtfulness. Does your partner prefer gold or silver? Do they want a traditional style or a modern, bespoke jewelry piece? Will you purchase one directly from the case or choose something vintage?
At the end of this process, will you choose a wedding ring engraving?
From delightfully silly to timelessly romantic, these unique ring engraving ideas will serve to commemorate your special day forever.
The History of Ring Engravings
The act of ring engraving can be traced to Romans and Greeks, who would often impart phrases of fidelity and love. The tradition carried on in Europe through posy rings (also known as “love rings”) during the 15th through 17th centuries.
These rings ran the spectrum from platonic to amorous feelings, offering the wearer the opportunity to personalize an otherwise simple band. Some popular posy ring inscriptions lines included:
“As gold is pure, so love is sure.”
“Let love abide till death divide.”
“I have obtained whome God ordained.”
“Let this present my good intent.”
Simple Ring Engraving Ideas
Though the English language may have changed since the 15th century, modern ring engravings often involve many of the same elements.
Initials & Dates
For many grooms and brides, an engraved wedding date is a sincere and simple commemoration. Some couples may also add initials to make a ring just a bit more personal.
Religious passages have always been popular inscriptions. Note: Depending on the length, it may be better to choose the verse number.
Christian Ring Engraving Ideas
Some beautiful Bible verses to engrave on wedding rings may include:
“Let us love one another, for love comes from God.” (John 4:7)
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.” (Corinthians 13:4)
“Do everything in love.” (Corinthians 16:14)
Jewish Wedding Ring Inscriptions
The following are both heartfelt and timeless adages of love from the Torah:
“I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine.” – (Song of Solomon 6:3)
“This is my beloved; this is my friend.” (Song of Solomon 5:16)
“I have loved you with an everlasting love.” (Jeremiah 31:3)
“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.” (Ruth 1:16)
Is there a lyric that epitomizes your special relationship? Why not include a verse from the first song you danced to or a phrase that reminds you of your first kiss? Beautiful memories like these are excellent additions to your wedding ring.
Unique Wedding Ring Inscriptions
If a traditional engraving doesn’t feel appropriate, remember: You’re 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?
Love in Any Language
While Latin is considered a ‘dead’ language, it’s a timeless choice for 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 first – you wouldn’t want your ring to include a typo!
Whether it’s “Baby” or “Pookie Pie”, nicknames can be a great wedding band inscription. And since you’ll be the only people who 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 popular ring engravings isn’t a word but an infinity sign. If your partner has “Obsessive Disney Disorder”, think about including 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 any design of your choosing –as long as it’s simple enough to etch onto a small area.
Where It All Happened
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, that location’s coordinates might be a perfect addition to your wedding band.
Split Longer Quotes Between You
If a meaningful love quote, lyric, or poem takes up too much space, consider sharing it between the two of your rings. It’s a romantic and fitting notion that the two rings complete each other.
Bespoke Wedding Rings That Are Completely Yours
Each element of your wedding ring symbolizes your special relationship. That’s why Jaume Labro creates custom Mokume Gane wedding rings that are as unique as the bond you share.
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.