Bentley & Skinner offer the hand and machine engraving of all sorts of valuable items, from signet rings, items of jewellery, silver photograph fames and tableware to christening gifts. We offer a full design service including inscription layouts, monograms, and crests. Our comprehensive library of family crests and associated mottos enables us to help you trace your family crest. We are also able to determine your coat of arms or create one for you in association with the College of Arms.
Deep seal engravings on your signet ring will be hand carved for you by the finest engravers in the country. Two final wax impressions of the engraving are always taken, one for you and one for our archives.
Whilst many ancient crafts are in danger of dying out, traditional hand engraving is valued more than ever today. Perhaps the oldest art known to mankind, the scratching or cutting of designs onto a plain surface has been with us since prehistoric times. Engraving is a highly personal way to mark and preserve the custodianship of a gift to be loved and cherished over the generations.
Specialist wooden handled tools called gravers consist of a square tempered steel section ground and polished at the tip to produce a simple “v” shaped line into the surface of the metal that is being engraved. The lines are finelly layered together to create lettering, heraldic crests and coats of arms.
Machine engraving is a fast, efficient method that can produce excellent results. The engraving is clean and uniform although many would say that it lacks the character and figuration of traditional hand engraving. In todays busy world though it is a quick and relatively inexpensive alternative to hand engraving.
Whichever type of engraving you choose you can be assured that Bentley & Skinner will take the utmost care and attention to the detail and finish of your valuable possession.
Bentley & Skinner’s bespoke service offers you the possibility of creating your own jewellery to celebrate the most memorable occasions in your life. We have a team of highly qualified specialists who can help you design your own unique engagement ring or fashion a personalised gift for your loved one.Read More
Jewels For Hire
Bentley & Skinner are delighted to make all the jewellery available for hire. Items of jewellery may be hired at a charge of 1% of the retail value plus VAT for every period of 24 hours or part thereof. A minimum charge of £100 plus VAT per day is applicable.Read More
We offer a re-stringing service for pearls and beads with prices starting at £100 + VAT for a single row of pearls. Pearl chokers which need to be fitted to the neck can be done so by making an appointment with us so that we can ensure our pearl stringer is available when you visit.Read More
Bentley & Skinner offer a comprehensive range of valuation services. They are carried out in-house by our team of registered valuers and your pieces are fully covered by our insurance whilst they are with us.Read More
Bentley & Skinner have their own on-site workshop where expert craftsmen undertake a full range of jewellery repairs and re-modelling to both antique and modern pieces. From a simple re-sizing of a diamond engagement ring through to creating an extension for a Victorian tiara, we take the greatest of care with every piece we receive.Read More
Sell Your Jewellery
Bentley & Skinner are always happy to look at any jewellery you may wish to part exchange or sell in London.Read More