Learn about engraving and etching techniques from jewelry appraisal experts!


You must be wondering if these two terms, engraving and etching, are totally similar techniques of designing pictures or designs on jewelry pieces. And, when it comes to distinguishing between these techniques, we ordinary people are unable to do so. To acknowledge one, I went for a local jewelry appraisal for my precious piece. The appraiser appraised me about the real work of engraving and etching and how they make a major difference in jewelry design. Let’s find out…

What is engraving?

Engraving is a technique that is used for creating, i.e., cutting designs or texts on the soft metal surface of the jewelry with a sharp tool.

In this new era, a new advanced technology has emerged. The laser engraving, which has become easier for engravers to burn out, heats up the laser to make cavities to reveal the image or text easier on the jewelry or silverware pieces.

What is etching?

Etching is also a technique that is traditional and is used to make incisive markings on the silver of a gold necklace, i.e., printing of content consistency. In this process, metal is prepared to draw markings with acid-resistant wax. Once the acid settles down, it leaves a touchable mark on the surface of silverware.

Antique jewelry appraisers are informed that a new laser etching technique has been invented in which the surface of metal gets wiped without cutting the surface and can draw incisive markings on it.

Major differences between engraving and etching.

From a vintage jewelry appraisal, I got to know that the main distinction between these techniques is that engraving is a physical process and etching is a chemical process. An engraver cuts down the surface with a cutting tool to make a mark, and an etcher burns out the surface to make a mark.

If talking about laser technology, here are a few major points to discuss in depth:

Marking shape-

When processing creates a shallow-shaped marking,

It discerns canonical-shaped markings.


Etching, when done, doesn’t have a deep mark as compared to engraving. That’s why engraving is more durable than the etching process and lasts for a longer duration of time.


Etching can be done on every type of metal, which also includes plastics, lead, glasses, wooden or papers.

But, engraving is done only on plated metals, ceramics, steel, aluminum, and stones, etc.

Innovative Techniques—An important need for the jewelry industry!

According to an old jewelry appraiser, whether it is etching, engraving, or a standard marking technique, they all serve the same purpose, but the material, durability, versatility, and design requirements differ, giving them great importance in the jewelry industry.

In the world of innovation, everyone wants a new invention every minute that can happen in our environment and provide us with a huge benefit in our growth cycle. Every industry is trying its best to create a new world of great innovation for every living being’s needs and requirements.