Hand Engraving is a traditional craft and skill dating back to the middle ages, that involves a considerable measure of skill, knowledge and training.
It involves an in depth knowledge of different precious metals, impeccable attention to detail, artistic skill and patience.
Hand engraving is known to be deeper and longer lasting than other methods of engraving jewellery. The engraving also tends to be sharper and has a more even cut.
Our entire aim is to create quality pieces of jewellery that you and your future generations can treasure.
The hand engravers we work with have many years of experience and are experts in their field.
We are confident that they are able to engrave most styles of writing onto our keepsakes, including your own signature and samples of your own handwriting.
For those customers interested in having samples of handwriting engraved, our hand engravers are able to engrave almost any style of handwriting onto your piece of fingerprint jewellery.
Their specialist knowledge and attention to detail are second to none.
Some examples of handwriting that we have engraved, include signatures; personal messages; writing from the inside of old birthday cards; writing from children’s drawings and writing from the backs of old photographs.
Writing can be from a child or adult, but it is important that it is legible.
The handwriting sample you send will be replicated on your keepsake.
We are unfortunately unable to improve your handwriting!
There is no need to send us original, sentimental writing samples.
If you have a scanner, you can scan and email us a copy of the handwriting, or, you can send us a good photocopy.
We are able to set beautiful precious birthstones, coloured gemstones or diamonds into most of our fingerprint jewellery.
We provide the option to add a single birthstone or diamond as standard, but please get in touch if you would like to add additional precious stones.
The exact position of diamonds and birthstones can be confirmed in writing after you have placed your order, so you do not have to decide straight away.
GARNET - The January birthstone is known to be a symbol for eternal happiness, friendship, trust and wealth.
AMETHYST - The February birthstone is known to be a symbol for peace, courage, stability, strength and a clear and balance mind.
AQUAMARINE - The March birthstone is known to be a symbol for honesty, faithfulness, tranquility and beauty.
DIAMOND / WHITE TOPAZ- The April birthstone is known to be a symbol for eternal love, bonding, relationships, commitments and loyalty.
EMERALD - The May birthstone is known to be a symbol for life, good health, happiness, loyalty, friendship, patience, wisdom and faithfulness.
PEARL - The June birthstone is known to be a symbol for purity, chastity, modesty, faithfulness, friendship and loyalty.
RUBY - The July birthstone is known to be a symbol for passion, strength, courage, friendship and good luck.
PERIDOT - The August birthstone is known to be a symbol for peace, good fortune, prosperity, happiness, love, influence and power.
SAPPHIRE - The September birthstone is known to be a symbol for protection, loyalty, dignity, wisdom, power and faith.
PINK TOURMALINE - The October birthstone is known to be a symbol for peace, calm, tranquility and creativity.
YELLOW TOPAZ - The November birthstone is known to be a symbol for strength, dedication, resilience, healing, balance, harmony and wisdom.
BLUE TOPAZ - The December birthstone is known to be a symbol for wealth, prosperity, strength, sensitivity, purity, integrity, dignity and good fortune.
Each piece of jewellery is first handmade in premium jewellers wax, then it is sent to be precision cast at one of the UK's leading precious metal casting houses.
Here, a mould is made and molten silver or gold is poured inside, leaving a pure, solid, quality keepsake.
We hand finish, polish, engrave and stone set. Finally, each piece is hallmarked by a UK Assay Office to verify it’s quality and purity.
1. Once you have placed your order, we will contact you to make sure we have all the correct personal information.
2. We are more than happy to provide you with sketches of your keepsake before we create it in wax, so that you can see how the fingerprint, engraving and gemstones will be arranged.
3. Once you are completely happy with the design, we will create your piece of personalised jewellery.
4. We usually make name and initial necklaces alongside items of personalised jewellery, so they take approximately 6-8 weeks to create.
However, they can be made faster if you order them on their own.
We be in touch at every stage of the process to give you regular updates.
5. Every custom keepsake anditem of personalised jewellery we create is sent to the UK Assay Office to be hallmarked.
At Sophia Alexander, we are frequently asked to make duplicate copies of charms, necklaces or other gifts.
Each keepsake is individually handmade. Therefore, it is completely unique.
Even if you order multiple copies of the same piece of jewellery, there will be slight differences. Every keepsake we make is naturally one of a kind.
We welcome any questions you might have.
Every piece of jewellery is handmade using traditional jewellery techniques.
Your jewellery is carved in wax, cast, engraved, stone set, polished and hallmarked by the relevant expert.
It is a lengthy process and it is not possible for us to “speed it up” or to provide an express service.
We believe that every gold and silver keepsake we make is worth the wait.
We usually make name and initial necklaces alongside other items of personalised jewellery, so they take approximately 8 weeks to create.
However, they can be made faster if you order them on their own.
- Unless something completely unexpected occurs.
All prices shown on the Sophia Alexander website include free, fully insured postage within the UK.
We use the Royal Mail Special Delivery™ Next Day service, so your pendant will be delivered to you by 1pm on an agreed date.
The package will be tracked and it will require a signature on arrival.
For international orders, please contact the Sophia Alexander customer care team on 01440510050.
Overseas shipping is priced for each individual order and varies.
It can be as much as £100 to ship jewellery insured from the UK, depending where on the world you are, so please get in touch.
At Sophia Alexander, we firmly believe that your beautiful personalised fingerprint gift deserves to be perfectly packaged.
Every piece of jewellery will arrive presented in a elegant, branded white leatherette gift box, with a black velvet interior and a white swing bag.
Name necklaces and initial charms are usually wrapped with other items of personalised jewellery if ordered together.
They are gift wrapped individuallyif ordered as stand alone commissions.
We carefully tie every box with a beautifully designed Sophia Alexander white and silver chiffon ribbon and enclose a complimentary gift card in each bag, which we can personalise for you, or leave blank for you to add a message yourself.
We finish every package with a handmade wax seal.
For those clients who wish to see the item they have ordered before they give it to the recipient, we can send the finished keepsake with the ribbons untied and the wax seal supplied separately, so that the piece can be seen before adding these yourself.
Please let us know how you would like your gift to arrive.
All custom gold and silver name neklaces and initial charms are handmade and personalised for each individual client.
We provide you with approximate product colours, dimensions and weights. However, variations in size and the surface appearance of silver and gold may occur, and should be expected.
We provide images and figures as guidance only.
Photographs of custom personalised jewellery may not be displayed at their actual size. Different computer monitors may alter the perceived sizes of products and colours of the precious metals.
Names, words and messages are sized according to different fonts and lengths.
Gemstones, diamonds, semi-precious stones and pearls may also vary in colour, size and shape.
These things will all alter the look of your completed piece of jewellery or personalised gift.
If we do not feel that the prints submitted are suitable, we will inform you immediately.
This all means that the personalised jewellery and custom keepsakes you purchase will inevitably vary slightly from the photographed images seen on our website, www.sophia-alexander.com, on social media pages and in other locations.
Please see our Essential Information page for further information.
** Jewellery displayed on this website is a combination of sample pieces and client commissions for which we have permission to include.
Please see our Fingerprint Jewellery Facts page for further information.
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