What's the Difference Between Stamped and Engraved?

Stamping is done by hitting a metal stamp into the metal. This cuts and impresses the shape of the stamp into the metal and creates the impression and customization. With stamping, you will see "embossing marks," which are essentially shadows caused by the metal warping around the metal stamp as it is hit into the piece. This creates shadows and ridges that make the customization more visible than engraving. You'll see shadows from where the ridges follow the letters or image. Stamping is done one stamp at a time: each letter, image, dot is done one at a time and leaves a beautiful finish that you can touch and feel. It is much deeper than engraving and you can even feel the texture of the handmade indentations with your fingers!

Engraving is done by altering the surface of the metal and a very slight removal of the surface to create the customization. It is very smooth and sleek and leaves a very luxurious and finished look. Engraving is done first by graphic design, and then done on the necklace with a laser. Engraving is almost a "touchless" process in which the laser marks onto the necklace, but the laser isn't a physical tool or force that makes the impression. Basically, engraving involves pulsing light and energy into a piece to create the impression. Both engraving and stamping are the same quality, and both types of necklaces wear just as well. Engraving is "holographic," in that the engraving will look different in each light. In some lighting, the necklace will even look completely smooth and beautifully sleek! And in other lighting the engraving is more or less visible. Engraving is more subtle, sleek and smooth than stamping. Engraving offers a lot more options than stamping, such as hand lettering, a custom signature, footprints, and much more. The possibilities are almost endless! 

Both methods are different, but just as special and one does not affect the longevity or quality of the piece more than the other. They offer different looks and options! Here are some videos below to show what the difference looks like!

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