Capture the beauty of words in an inscription to treasure.

Hi, my name’s John, and I’ve been engraving personal inscriptions on beautiful objects since 1978. By hand and machine.

Over the years, it’s been my privilege to turn something special into something treasured for discerning clients throughout the UK and beyond. All from my studio workshop here in sunny central Manchester at the Royal Exchange. And previously at House of Fraser.

Royal Exchange Manchester - John Dearden Engraving

So If you have something special you would love embellished with an inscription to treasure, please get in touch. And tell me about the magical words you need. I’d love to help. Whatever the inscription you need, you’ll be in safe hands.

But don’t just take my word for it…

Hello John, just wanted to thank you for your outstanding service today. The glass engraving is beautiful, and your service was exceptional. The whole experience from start to finish exceeded all my expectations. Thank you so much! 
Lizz Meredith, Stockport

You can see more of our testimonials here.

What do I engrave?

Hand engraving is a fine art with a long history. It’s also my speciality – the work I love. And the items I embellish are as varied as the inscriptions I craft. From antique family silver to iPads, there are all sorts of items we can engrave . For example, you can have custom engraving on…

Watches of all makes, including…

  • Breitling
  • Rolex
  • TAG Heuer
  • Cartier
  • Emporio Armani

Metal of all types, including…

  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Rose Gold
  • White Gold
  • Pewter
  • Stainless steel
  • Titanium
  • Tungsten

Jewellery of all descriptions, including…

  • Russian Wedding rings
  • Pendants
  • Brooches
  • and traditional Engagement, Wedding and Eternity rings

Glassware and Crystal of all kinds, including…

  • Baccarat
  • Waterford
  • Saint Louis
  • as well as Bottles of Perfume, Champagne and Spirits

In fact, the possibilities are almost endless. So, whatever personalised engraving you need. Or the occasion you wish to celebrate. Let me capture the beauty of words in an inscription that will be loved and treasured forever.

And if you’re in need of a little inspiration, or you’re simply wondering what may be possible, take a look at some of our most recent work.

Our clientele include…

For advice and ideas, you can also give me a call on 07740 152394 for a no-obligation chat. Or, if you prefer, send me an email at – – I’d love to hear from you.

Alternatively, feel free to drop in anytime, you’re always welcome. Here’s our address.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge sealing a machine engraved time capsule at The University of Manchester

You can also see a few examples of our work on this video.