John Dearden

Making it personal since 1978.

Hi, my name’s John.

I’m a local engraver in city centre Manchester where I’ve been engraving by hand and machine for over 40 years. I’m based here at the Royal Exchange, Room 226 on the 2nd floor. Previously at House of Fraser.

Over the years, it’s been my privilege to engrave many items of jewellery and glassware, but to this day, the most important piece of work is always the one being currently engraved, be it a diamond ring, titanium bicycle frame or a loved one’s signature on a bottle of Champagne.

The items we engrave are as varied as the occasions they celebrate. Some examples are here on the video.

We operate in a safe retail environment implemented by NHS guidelines.

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

If you live many miles away from Manchester, or prefer not to travel into town, we’re as close as your local Post Office and recommend using Special Delivery for all jewellery and precious items (“International Tracked” for the Republic of Ireland: An Post) All Royal Mail is delivered directly into our workshop. If you’re using an alternative carrier, please check if they deliver directly to our workshop on the 2nd floor as not all carriers do. Postal work has been in particular demand since the covid outbreak.

Rossendale jewellers, Whiting & Wilson who are open Tuesday to Friday will take items on our behalf as a drop off and pick up service. Please contact us for details if this is more convenient for you.

Here are some of the styles and items 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

  • Chinese Engraving

  • Engagement, Wedding & Eternity Rings

  • Glassware & Crystal

  • Golf Putters & Clubs

  • Greek Engraving

  • Hebrew Engraving

  • Ingots

  • Leather Wallets

  • Lockets

  • Medical Instruments

  • Musical Instruments

  • Napkin Rings

  • Pens & Pen Clips

  • Pewterware & Trophies

  • Russian Engraving

  • Silver, Stainless Steel & Gold

  • Titanium & Tungsten

  • Umbrellas & Walking Sticks

  • White Gold & Rose Gold

  •  Zippo’s

Our clientele include…

We are based in the heart of Manchester at The Royal Exchange, Room 226 on the 2nd floor. The entrance is on Old Bank Street between Annie’s Restaurant and Watches of Switzerland. You’re welcome to call in Monday to Saturday. A few days turnaround are usually fine but if we’re able to do same day service, we will with pleasure.

If you’re using the stairs as opposed to the lifts, please be aware that there’s an extra flight. Wheelchair access is via the reception entrance on St. Ann’s Square.

We support the Hyndburn & Rossendale Branch of the NSPCC.

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