perfect engagement ring for me
Some say that a wedding or an engagement ring on your beloved’s finger is a powerful symbol on its own. Others like to add a personal touch to the band, engraving on it words that will accompany the loved one forever. Sometimes the choice of the right line is instinctive as many couples can identify a moment or a phrase that has had a lasting impact on their life together. Not always, however, is the decision so easy. An engraving on the ring is like a tattoo – it is meant to stay with the couple for a lifetime and therefore the choice of words should be very well thought over. Below are some suggestions on where to look for the perfect engraving and what to take into account while choosing one, and examples of ready phrases that can inspire you.
The perfect time for engraving
Choosing the right words is not the only thing you have to consider while deciding on an ideal engraving. Start with answering the question of when you want to have it engraved on the ring. You may want to have your bands decorated for your wedding day, or later, for example on your first or tenth anniversary together.
Original engraving concepts
Secondly, if you do not want to put your message in words, think of other graphic forms you could engrave. An interesting and a very personal option is to engrave a part of the loved one’s fingerprint on the inside or outside of the band. You may also place a small picture, ideally a single icon like a little heart. A creative and original alternative may be engraving a coded history of your love life and leaving enough space on the ring to update it whenever a momentous event happens in your common life. Your love history may, for instance, start with the number of the bus where you met your significant other for the first time, and continue along the pattern of events such as getting engaged, having a child, an important anniversary, etc.
The choice of the font
While some fonts are more universal, other ones should not be used with particular sizes of rings and text lengths. Decorative script-like or runic fonts are good for the engravings of names, initials, dates or shorter messages. Use the simpler, more modern and universal Helvetica or Arial for longer lines but remember that hardly ever can you fit more than 30 characters on the ring. If you wish to convey a more elaborate message, consider placing it on a decorative ring box.
Finally, if you have decided on writing something on the band but do not know yet what the perfect engraving would be, consider looking for inspiration in your favourite song or in the words of the marriage vow. Also literature is a very rich source of romantic phrases and you may want to pick them for example from Shakespeare, Anne Bradstreet, John Donne or Christopher Marlowe’s poetry or from a poem or book that you both love. Below are several inspirational quotes from poetry, prose, the Bible and other sources.
“(… ) live with me and be my love ” – Christopher Marlowe (The Passionate Shepherd to His Love)
“Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” – Emily Brontë (Wuthering Heights)
“This is to the crown and blessing of my life,/The much loved husband of a happy wife” – Anne Finch (To a Husband)
“(… ) the more I give to thee,/The more I have ” Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
“Love alters not ” Shakespeare (Sonnet 116)
“(… ) never doubt I love ” Shakespeare (Hamlet)
“Happily ever after is not a fairy tale. It’s a choice.” – Fawn Weaver (a business woman)
“Make every effort to keep the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace.”- the Bible (Ephesians 4:2-3)