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Engraved in film history

engraved light sabre

In homage to a forthcoming international day of celebration, this week we wanted to write about… Star Wars.

Indeed, in a few days’ time is international Star Wars Day. On 4th May.

May the 4th be with you.

Apparently the occasion properly caught traction with the advent of social media, when fans across the world tweeted the hashtag to millions of the Twitteratti.

However, the phrase, in fact, has earlier origins.

The play on words “May the 4th be with you” was actually first used in 1979, the first day that Margaret Thatcher took office as Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

It was run as an advert in the London Evening News, dedicated to Margaret Thatcher from her Conservative Party to wish her luck at the beginning of her premiership.

Since then, though, it has been adopted by the Star Wars franchise, with Disney even running special events at its theme parks.

But, as ever, the real reason we’re writing about Star Wars on the Engravers Guild blog is so that we can talk about… special engraved gifts.

There is perhaps no more iconic an item for Star Wars fans than the light sabre.

Every light sabre that has been used in the films has become one of the most coveted piece of film memorabilia in the history of cinema.

But one particular light sabre perhaps is better than all the rest.

When Samuel L Jackson took part as a Jedi in one of the instalments, the crew did something a little special for his light sabre.

Just above the grip of the handle of the weapon, the crew had engraved the characters: “BMF”.

As the Hollywood actor revealed on the Graham Norton Show, this was in reference to one of his most famous lines from Pulp Fiction: “Bad Mother F****r”.

And that is the beauty of an engraving. Where the initials B M F mean nothing on their own, it’s the story behind them which gives life and brings value.

So on this May 4th, choose from any of our engraved gifts such as personalised pocket watches and create your own piece of memorabilia.

Our Engraved Gift for Mother’s Day

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Everybody knows there is nothing that can repay a mother’s love. But…

…we think we may have the next best thing.

This year, Engravers Guild wanted to create a special engraved gift for all the mums – we wanted it to be touching and something that would be an enduring keepsake.

The famous saying goes: “A picture speaks a thousand words”. As such, we thought that instead of inscribing just text, we would engrave a picture.

A locket was felt to be the perfect canvas for this work of art, as further pictures could be added inside to create a story in itself.

And so became… The Mummy Locket.

Offered in sterling 925 silver with additional options of gold plate or rose gold plate, The Mummy Locket is a beautiful oval locket that is exquisitely crafted and finished to a brilliant polish.

Send us a drawing (preferably a line drawing, and with high colour contrast), and we’ll send you back a preview of your engraved locket for you to review.

Our engraved lockets collection has been a favourite amongst social media influencers and bloggers, with a number of our pieces featured by some of the most followed online channels.

Every item is inscribed with the finest diamond-tipped cutters so as to ensure a lasting impression that will endure for years to come.

Presented in our signature packaging and with custom gift card, opening The Mummy Locket is a memorable experience that will come to life again and again every time she wears the piece of jewellery.

Let us know if you would like some text engraved on the back, and we’ll also add that for free of charge. Whether is be your name, the date or just a couple of kisses, it’s all the little touches that add up to make it something truly special.

So have a look, send us a picture, and we’ll send you back something that is guaranteed to make a great Mother’s Day.

Engravers Guild awarded Feefo Gold Award

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As our customers would hopefully testify, at Engravers Guild of London we care deeply about customer service.

When we launched the engraved gift business in 2016, we wanted to create the best personalised gift experience, right from the first time visiting the website till when the item arrives through the front door.

Integral to this, therefore, was the customer service.

It goes without saying, but we think it is worth repeating… absolutely every single product we send out is personalised.

There is no “standard” gift ordered from Engravers Guild, as no one engraved gift is exactly the same to the next. From a personalised pocket watch to an engraved necklace, everything is unique.

With such a high level of customisation, we understand that you might have some specific requirements, and so we go to every effort to make sure we’re responsive and can accommodate your requests.

It is with great pleasure, therefore, to learn that we have been awarded a Gold Trusted Service Award from Feefo for our engraved cufflinks and personalised hip flasks and everything in between.

According to Feefo, the recognition is for companies that offer “exceptional experiences”, as endorsed by real customers.

To be considered for the award, a business had to have collected more than 50 reviews across 2018, so we thank the more than 500 customers who left feedback on our page in the last 12 months.

Only those businesses with a rating between 4.5 and 5.0 out of 5.0 were eligible for the award, with our engraved gifts meeting this criterion in 2018.

Being such a young company, we are always striving to build and improve. Customer feedback is an essential component to this process and we always welcome customers to get in touch with us directly to pass on their thoughts about our engraved gifts, whatever they may be.

So should you ever want to let us know what you think about our personalised lockets or anything else, do get in touch at customerservices@engraversguild.co.uk

Engraved for Royalty

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Followers of this blog will no doubt be aware of the value of an engraving and how it can convey a precious sentiment which brings enormous value to the recipient.

However, there is also another role that an engraving can play, and one which is especially favoured by royalty. Because, while an engraving is commonly used to express a sentiment, it is also deployed to communicate distinction.

For no one is the role of status more important than for royalty.

The concept of royalty is built on the foundation that they are somehow different to the rest of us.

In centuries bygone, the enduring narrative was that they were somehow selected by god and their other-worldly status therefore had to be supported by accoutrements that were almost beyond the reach of ordinary man.

Bespoke ornamentation was the bread and butter of royal households around the world.

Whether it be hand painted initials on furnishings, engravings on jewellery or stone carvings in monuments, everything had to show and confer the importance of the ruling monarch.

While the belief that kings and queens are ordained by god has dwindled, the need to distinguish royalty from ‘commoners’ is just as important (albeit requiring much more subtle and nuanced messaging).

Discretion is now de rigour as a royal – it’s about being guardians of our heritage, bringers of continuity and protectors of values.

To fulfil this role, royalty must still be perceived as operating at a higher level to you and I, but they must not be bashful.

Hence, in the last century it was engraved gifts that royals often favoured more than anything.

The very process of engraving was something that spoke to the role that royalty wanted to play – royalty are representatives of the people, but there is something almost indefinable about them that makes them different.

Indeed, in their role, they need to have a connection to the normal person… but at the same time need to be above the issues that normal people face.

Taking an aspirational and not impossibly attainable item, therefore, speaks to the humbleness of new royalty – but then engraving it with something like a royal crest or initials, still manages to bring a higher distinction.

Next time you want to feel special, why not also gift an engraved piece, and enjoy the heirs and graces that will be soon to follow.

Saying “I love you” with something engraved

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It’s the international day of love, 24 hours of unadulterated romance, and the one dedicated date in the calendar year devoted to celebrating Cupid’s pleasures.

Yes, it is Valentine’s Day soon on 14 February 2019.

But what is Valentine’s Day?

Jay Leno, the American comedian, actor, writer, producer, and television host, has said:

“Today is Valentine’s Day — or, as men like to call it, Extortion Day!”

However, we at Engravers Guild do not like to entertain such notions.

Instead, we abide by the sentiment expressed by Camila Alves, the Brazilian-American model, actress and designer and wife of Matthew McConaughey.

Recently, this particular quote of hers caught our eye:

“I enjoy celebrating Valentine’s Day. It’s a nice way to say you’re thinking about your family, someone special, or dear friends.”

What Ms Alves explains is that Valentine’s Day is all about expression, it is all about finding “a way to say” something.

Expressing love is not remarkable.

Love is probably the most written about thing in the history of humankind and there are artists from Shakespeare to Shakira who are there to help us find the words.

What is remarkable, though, is the way love is expressed – the special way that makes it personal.

…and that’s where we come in.

As a personalised gift company, we exist to help people express sentiments in a way that creates a special moment.

There is something about a declaration of love that is engraved in metal for time immemorial that makes it all the more powerful and full of emotion.

So this Valentine’s Day, why not browse our collection of personalised lockets, engraved necklaces and custom cufflinks to give the memorable gift of love this year.

Where a rose will wilt and die, your message of love will last forever.

As Sanober Khan, the Indian poet, wrote: “In a world full of temporary things, you are a perpetual feeling”.

“Spreading” the love this Valentine’s

Valentines Engraved Lid

At Engravers Guild of London, we look for ways for people to express a sentiment, and we’re always striving to find that extra special way.

We’re proud to offer beautiful jewellery, men’s accessories and touching keepsakes.

But, for the person who has everything, what can you get to really show that a particular person is ever so special?

We think we’ve come up with the perfect engraved gift.

The world is divided into two types of people: those who love Marmite, and those who hate Marmite.

Indeed, the world’s most iconic spread is famous for evoking strong emotions.

So we thought what better way to make an expression of love (for those people that love Marmite), then to create an extra special jar.

For this Valentine’s Day, Engravers Guild has developed a unique solid silver lid for Marmite with beautiful diamond-cut engraving of a Valentine’s scene.

At the bottom of the design is Cupid himself, shooting at a cloud of floating hearts. And, in the middle of the action, is the name of your loved one beautifully inscribed for all eternity.

Finally, around the rim is engraved the ultimate declaration of love for those who can’t get enough of the yeast extract spread: “I love you even more than Marmite”.

The reusable lid is made in a Birmingham silversmiths out of solid 925 sterling silver, which is then hallmarked in the Birmingham Assay Office.

Moreover, with Valentine’s Day actually originating as a Western Christian Feast Day, what more fitting way is there to mark the celebration of romance than dining on the food of love.

If the taste of the sticky black spread is not to your liking, though, then all is not lost.

You are still in time to order from the rest of our collection including engraved necklaces, personalised bracelets and even inscribed fragrances.

Jay-Z and Beyonce gift Engraved Bench

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When you are one of the most powerful couples in the world, can afford anything in the world, and have the world at your beck and call… what do you get as a gift for your loved ones?

This was the challenge Jay-Z and Beyonce faced for Christmas this year when choosing for Jay-Z’s grandmother, Hattie White

Overlooking diamonds, jewels, cars, houses, holidays and the other accoutrements of the rich and famous, the music moguls bought something much more special.

A wooden bench.

A bench like most others.

But this wooden bench caused a sensation on social media, and had people across the globe swooning at the majesty of the gift.


Because the present was finished with a custom engraving, making it a wonderfully moving tribute to a much-loved woman.

The family was photographed presenting the gift in it’s new home, Prospect Park in New York.

On the bench, the personalised message reads:

“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. With love and admiration to our root, Hattie White”

The grandmother has had a strong influence on both Sean Carter and Beyonce.

She was most recently directly referenced on Jay-Z’s Meek Mill’s track, “What’s Free”, where the rapper confessed:

“To this day, Grandma ‘fraid what I might say.”

Previously, she was part of the inspiration to Beyonce’s Lemonade album when she said at her 90th birthday:

“I was served lemons, but I made lemonade.”

As with all things in life, the most valuable things are not the ones that carry the most expensive price tag, and from all accounts the famous grandma was delighted with her gift.

While we might not offer park benches at Engravers Guild, we take great care to select and curate items that help to deliver a special message.

Tributes “engraved in the sand”

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Last weekend we saw the nation come together in the culmination of memorial events for all who fell in war and, especially, World War I.

People up and down the country recognised the sacrifice that others made for our wellbeing, with the final focus being at the Cenotaph in London where the dates of the First World War are engraved in Roman numerals at each end.

This concluded proceedings across Britain, including the knitting of thousands of poppies, processions in every town and village, and the release of the utterly compelling and moving film from Peter Jackson.

However, what caught our attention most of all was perhaps the tribute directed by Danny Boyle on the beaches.

The Oscar winning director invited members of the public to assemble at a number of beaches in the UK where large scale portraits of casualties from the war were made in the sand.

Creating the images of people like Wilfred Owen at low-tide, the portraits were admired by thousands of people on the ground (and around the world).

As Mr Boyle said, the beaches of England were the places from which millions of men and women left to take part in the war, and so was a fitting place to remember what they did for us when they left our shores.

Moreover, beaches are amongst the few truly public spaces, and so was a natural convening point for everyone to show their respects.

But, perhaps most powerfully of all, was the way that the portraits were lost to the sea as high tides came in.

Just as men took to the sea over 100 years ago to fight for their country, so the sea was reclaiming their memory again.

What was also of note to us here at Engravers Guild was how one news outlet described the portraits as being “engraved” in the sand.

As we perennially comment about how engravings last forever, this appeared a contradiction of terms – especially given how the images lasted only a few hours.

However, what the portraits on the beach created was a visual tribute that will forever be remembered by everyone who saw it.

While the art “engraved” in the sand was fleeting, the impression “engraved” in our memories will be lasting.

So just as those portraits were engraved in the sand, so our thanks to those who fell in the war are engraved in our hearts.

A wedding a-“band”-oned

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At Engravers Guild of London, we believe not only that a personal engraving is very special but that is also can be a connection with the heart.

And so we couldn’t overlook a story this week about how a well-meaning person is trying to use an engraving to reconnect a wedding ring with its owner.

The gold band was found in Arnold town centre in Nottinghamshire, with the letters A and P inscribed, along with the date of 15.9.55.

A tweet in the last few days with photos and details of the ring went viral.

The plea to find the couple has generated almost 20,000 retweets and 10,000 likes – but, alas, the campaign has still not revealed any clues.

Searches through Nottingham marriage certificates have similarly not shed any light.

Found by the wife of a Nottingham Forest football fan three years ago, the ring was almost forgotten about as she soon afterwards gave birth to a baby boy.

Upon discovering the piece of jewellery again this year, her husband decided to appeal on the internet for any leads as to the rightful owner.

Many suggestions have been submitted, but none have so far delivered any results.

Those of us at Engravers Guild would obviously love for the wedding band to find its original home again.

But, even if it doesn’t, it shows how much of a story is held within an engraving.

Thousands of people all around the world have been captivated by a small inscription made in metal by a diamond-tipped cutter.

The message is not profound, in fact it means very little at all. But just the simple act of a totally personal mark on an indelible surface has the power to communicate great sentiment and evoke wandering thoughts.

In the workshop, we are always delighted to engrave people’s special wedding dates. Our personalised cufflinks and engraved pocket watches are favoured mementos for the big occasion.

Have a browse of our collection of gifts for grooms and page boys, and select something which will forever hold a memory of your special day.

…just… try not to lose it in Arnold town centre.

Remembrance engraved on a canteen

engraved drinks canteen

Everyone knows someone who has been affected by war. Whether it be grandparents, friends serving in the armed forces, or relatives abroad.

This weekend, the country will be coming to a standstill at 11am on Sunday to remember those who lost their lives in times of war – both in conflicts of the past and in the many war-torn areas of the world today.

We thought it fitting, therefore, to remember those who have fallen through an engraving.

Over 100 years ago, a captive Russian soldier engraved a scene of two people snuggling together on an aluminium water bottle.

The canteen was found in Czersk, a part of modern-day Poland.

It was the site of a German prisoner-of-war camp, where an estimated 1,200 captives died in 1918 alone.

Despite being buried for almost a century in wet and sticky mud, the engraving has lived on to be a remarkable reminder of such dark times that went before.

The origins of the scene are not entirely known. It could be a sentimental memory depicting the owner and his sweetheart.

Unfortunately, it is unlikely that the person who created this delicate engraving lived beyond his time in the camp.

Epidemics of typhus and Spanish flu were common, with the belongings of the dead quickly disposed of as they were considered contaminated.

Today, we can only guess as to who the people are in the engraved motif and what their story was – their story being just one amongst the millions of others that were touched by war.

At least a small part of the essence of their memory lives on through the engraving.

Where flesh and blood returns to nature, an engraving is enduring. Having survived for almost a century in wet and sticky mud, the engraving is still resplendent and with all the life as when it was first delicately created by its owner.

So thank you to the engraver for helping us to remember those who gave the ultimate in times of war, and for making us appreciate our own lives today.