John Dearden

Hi, my name’s John.

I’m a freelance engraver established here in Manchester since 1978.

Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of engraving many items of jewellery and glassware, but to this day, the most important piece of work is always the one being currently engraved.

No two days are ever the same. The items inscribed here at the Royal Exchange are as varied as the occasions they celebrate.

There’s a few examples of hand and machine engraving on this video to give you a general idea.

View more examples on our Instagram.

Here’s some of the things we engrave.

If a particular item is not included though, please feel free to ask.

  • All makes of Jewellery

  • Apple iPads & iPods

  • Bangles & Bracelects

  • Bottles of Champagne, Perfume & Wine

  • Breitling, Rolex & all makes of Watches

  • Champagne Buckets

  • Engagement, Wedding & Eternity Rings

  • Glassware & Crystal

  • Golf Putters & Clubs

  • Ingots

  • Leather Wallets

  • Lockets

  • Medical Instruments

  • Musical Instruments

  • Napkin Rings

  • Pens & Pen Clips

  • Pewterware & Trophies

  • Silver, Stainless Steel & Gold

  • Titanium & Tungsten

  • Umbrellas & Walking Sticks

  • White Gold & Rose Gold

  •  Zippo’s

Our clientele include…

All work is guaranteed to be of a high standard and at a fair price. Credit Cards, Debit Cards, Apple Pay and Contactless are all welcome.

With turnaround, a few days are always appreciated. If you’re on a last minute mission and we’re able to do same day service, we will with pleasure, in return for a small donation in our charity box for the NSPCC Rossendale branch.

If you live many miles away from Manchester, or it’s just inconvenient to travel into town, we’re as close as your local Post Office and strongly recommend using Special Delivery for all jewellery and precious items.

We are based on the 2nd floor of The Royal Exchange, Room 226.

The entrance is on Old Bank Street between Annie’s Restaurant and Watches of Switzerland.

You’re welcome to call in Monday to Saturday. If you’re using the stairs as opposed to the lifts, please be aware that there’s an extra flight of stairs.

Wheelchair access is via the reception entrance on St. Ann’s Square.

Hours of Business

Mon to Sat: 9:00am – 5.00pm
Lunch hour: 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays

Engraving by John Dearden
Room 226 (2nd Floor)
The Royal Exchange
Old Bank Street
Manchester M2 7DD