September 13, 2009

Larson Jewelers Announces Free Engraving with Purchase and Now Carries Thorsten Rings

August 31, 2009 — Larson Jewelers has unveiled their ”Free engraving for all wedding bands”. For a limited time, couples can test their latest feature, an engraving tool that allows couples to create their engraving on the fly and visually inspect their engraving before they receive their rings. To encourage couples to use the engraving tool, Larson Jewelers is excited to offer free engraving on all rings purchased between now through September 22, 2009.

Few jewelers offer engraving, while Larson Jewelers offers both traditional etched engraving and new laser engraving. Laser engraving is a new technology that burns your engraving onto the surface of a ring, without removing material. The inside of the ring feels smooth as if there were no engraving. For traditional engraving, Larson Jewelers carries diamond tipped engraving tools that can be used to engrave all wedding bands. This allows both traditional and laser engravings on any type of metal such as tungsten rings, palladium wedding bands, gold, etc. Only at Larson Jewelers, are couples able to have their tungsten carbide rings engraved either traditionally or via laser engraving. “We are excited to not only offer couples the convenience by allowing them to see what their engraving will look like right on our website, but also to be able to offer the customer more choice when it comes to the engraving they want, and we want couples to try it out on us by offering them free engraving until the end of summer.” says Jonathan Larson the founder of


Thorsten Rings

Larson Jewelers is proud to carry Thorsten’s line of tungsten wedding bands. Thorsten Rings makes their tungsten wedding bands from the highest grade of tungsten carbide available for jewelry and are made to have the best craftsmanship on the market. Thorsten’s ring designs are modern and take the wearer’s comfort into account. Many generic manufacturers cut costs by rushing through the manufacturing process. This exposes the market to tungsten rings that are too thick and uncomfortable to wear, asymmetrical (one side of the ring is different from the other), have sharp edges and inaccurately sized too large. ”Thorsten is known for their attention to detail and it can be seen immediately when looking at a Thorsten ring. The rings are comfortable to wear, symmetrical, smooth to the touch and precisely machined. We have been searching for a high quality manufacturer that specializes in tungsten jewelry and has the latest styles, like black tungsten rings for example.” says Larson.

All Thorsten Rings come with a truly free manufacturer backed lifetime warranty. This warranty protects the consumer if the ring breaks, cracks or is defective in anyway. The ring will be repaired or replaced free of charge. Couples are only obligated to send the wedding band back to the jeweler. ”Many retailers charge a fee to replace defective rings because their manufacturers cannot stand by the quality of their products,” says Larson. Thorsten is so confident in the quality of their rings, they back all of their rings with a truly free lifetime warranty and lifetime sizing.

Thorsten Rings are available in a variety of styles from casual daily to formal wear. Larson Jewelers now carries a large selection of black tungsten rings, highly polished traditional tungsten wedding bands and tungsten rings with a carbon fiber inlay.

About provides a wide selection of tungsten rings, palladium rings, platinum wedding bands and both gold and white gold wedding rings. At Larson Jewelers, we strive to provide the best customer service to make your shopping experience hassle free and informative. ”Besides offering great products and great service, also offers the best prices,” says Larson. ”In fact, if you can find a better price, not only will we match it, we will beat it.”

Until the end of summer, customers can use coupon: SUMMER10 to take an additional 10% off any of their products including the new Thorsten line.

June 24, 2009

Different Areas Engraving Is Used

an item is engraved once it has had grooves or lines cut, carved, or etched into its hard surface. wood, stone, and metal are all materials commonly used in the engraving process. engraving has both functional and decorative applications. some of the industries that commonly make use of the engraving process include printing, jewelry making, and manufacturing.
engraving in printing
the printing industry commonly uses engraving. custom ordered wedding invitations, business cards, birth announcements, and personal stationary are commonly created using the engraving process. in fact, most of the paper money that is created these days uses the engraving process as well. the custom design and lettering for these items are engraved onto a metal die. during the printing process this engraved grooves of this die are filled with ink that is then pressed into the paper. this process gives you a very elegant raised lettering that can be felt by running your fingers over the paper.

laser engraving
one of the most popular forms of engraving these days is laser engraving. the designs and letters are cut into the surface of the material using a laser beam. one advantage of lasers is that they can easily reach into spots that would be difficult to reach with a hand tool. a computer program is often used to control the movements of the laser. some common uses for laser printing including etching a corporate logo and contact information onto marketing give away such as paperweights, key chains, and pens. one advantage of using engraving is that the image will not rub off over time. laser engraving also has a variety of industrial applications. good materials to use with laser
engraving include glass, leather, and plastic.

engraving in art
prior to the invention of photography engraving was a common way to illustrate newspapers and books. most of the pictures that can be seen in printed materials that were produced prior to the late 19th century were created using wood engraving. an engraver would remove the material from the block of wood following an image that had been drawn on the wood by an artist. another popular use for engraving in the art world was to reproduce paintings.

engraving jewelry
we can see examples of engraved jewelry on artifacts that are thousands of years old. jewelry that is given as a gift often includes an engraved message. special inscriptions or the name or initials of the jewelry owner are often put onto gold or silver pieces. often the grooves created by the engraving process are filled with enamel. you will also find beautiful images engraved onto a variety of gemstones, especially jade and ivory.

engraving gifts
there are a number of shops that specialize in creating unique gift items that are engraved. short messages or initials are commonly engraved onto rings, bracelets, and other jewelry that is given as a gift. dedications are often engraved onto the backs of pendants and lockets. cuff links, flasks, money clips, and pocket watches are all gifts for men that are commonly engraved. other popular engraved gifts for women include key chains and trinket boxes. banks make a great engraved gift for children, and people of all ages and genders will appreciate a custom engraved photo frame.

About The Art Of Etching

engraving that uses acid on a metal surface is known as etching.
etching is also used in the printmaking industry to carve an image into a metal plate with acid. once the acid is applied to the metal it bores into the surface, leaving behind lines and rough areas.

the process of etching is believed to have begun with daniel hopfer of augsburg, germany in his profession as an armor maker. it took a while for the process to be applied to print making.

both copper and zinc have a thin coating resin layer that is resistant to acid, which makes them ideal metals to use for etching. a coating can be made of a waxy material for use with metals that do not naturally have a coating. to make the engravings and lines clearly visible through the resin the metal plates are usually smoked. the metal is then scratched with a sharp tool which exposes the metal surface without penetrating it.

after the design has been etched onto the metal plate it is placed into an acidic solution which will only attack those parts of the plate which are exposed. the process of immersing the plate into the acid is called a bath. the plate is taken out of the bath several times, and then place back in until it has been etched to the desire depth.

to prevent the acid from penetrating the metal any further a coating of varnish is applied to the metal. you will get darker prints from the lines that are exposed to the acid the longest. there are some etchers who manually apply the acid to the plates surface rather than using a bath.

when making a print the varnish is removed and then ink is heated and placed onto the plate. after the ink is applied the excess is removed so that ink only remains in the depressions created by the etching process. the plate will then be covered with a soft, moist paper and placed in the etching press.

etchers will sometimes need to use modifying techniques in order to get the right image. removing any unwanted lines is one way that etchers will modify their products. they first make a trail print, and then burnish or modify the plate to correct it.

each plate can only make a few prints, as prints will look different in various stages of the printing process. after the desired number of prints are created the plates are usually destroyed by the etcher.

different methods of etching will produce different effects. items tend to have the look of a pencil drawing when they are created using soft-ground etching, while items created using aquatint with look more like a wash drawing. hard-ground etching is usually used in combination with aquatint.

the delicate art of pictorial etching is said to have evolved in germany as well. this method has its origins in burin engraving, where artists would etch on iron and gives us the earliest evidence of artistic etching.

wet and dry etchings are the most popular methods of etching these days. a container or bin filled with a solution that dissolves the metal is used for the easy process of wet etching. a mask is required so that the solution will only etch the desired parts of the metal plate. this means you will need to find a masking material that will not be destroyed by the etching solution. this method works great for etching thin films.

there are three main categories of dry etching: reactive ion etching (rie), sputter etching, and vapor phase etching. in rie gases are mixed with plasma in order to break gas molecules into ions. these ions will then react to the metal surface as the ions are accelerated.

gases are also used with sputter etching, but the ions are not. the simplest dry etching technique is vapor phase etching. in this technique the metal plate is placed into a chamber where gases are then introduced. a chemical reaction occurs at the metals surface interacts with the gas molecules, causing the design to be dissolved into the plate.

silicon dioxide etching, which uses hydrogen fluoride, and silicon etching, which uses xenon diflouride, are the two most popular types of vapor phase etching.

Methods for engraving wooden material

grey scale

common cnc engraver can t engrave spots with different shapes and sizes, so there is no grey scale. laser engraver has this function, so they have natural advantage in grey scale. people make use of this performance to save cost in pigmentation and increase layers of different graphics to enrich the presentation. when using the laser machine, users fill the graphics with different grey scale first (characters should be transformed to be graphics), then choose black and white mode for output of engraving, they can test the effect of different network. precision is less than 500dpi.

engraving materials

raw wood
wood is the most common material for laser engraving and cutting. wood with light color, such as birch, cherry and maple, is easily vaporized by laser and suitable for engraving. each kind of wood has its own feature, some of them is compact, such as hard wood which should use big power laser for engraving or cutting. please make a study on material before engraving.

there is no much difference between engraving plywood and wood, the only point is engraving depth shouldn t be too deep. edge of plywood after cutting is also black like common wood, the key point is what kind of material the plywood is made of.

wood engraving
generally speaking, depth for engraving on wood is deep, so laser power is big and color of engraved graphics on hard wood is deep. for light color, you can increase the engraving speed to work several times. sometimes there is soot produced during working process, if there is paint on wood, you can clean it by wet cloth, if not, wood surface may be defiled by soot which can t be fully cleaned.

wood cutting
generally, laser engraver can t cut wood deeply, max. cutting depth depends on wooden material and laser power. for cutting thick wood, cutting speed should be low, but wood may be burnt. users can use big reflective and focus lens to make repeated cutting.

wood is just like being burnt after engraving, matched with original color, it is more like art. color depth depends on laser power and engraving speed. color of some soft wood such as birch can t be changed no matter how long you engrave it. propylene can be applied for pigmentation of finished products.