Amazing work. He engraved a glass bowl for me beautifully. Would definitely recommend.
Mrs J Gadd, Southport
Dear Mark, thank you so so much for our beautiful bench plaque, very fitting for our beautiful son, Lee. Kind regards.
Hi John, just wanted to say thanks again for today, you really came through for me and I couldn’t be more happy with the work you’ve done. Highly recommend you to anyone I know who needs engraving doing. Wish you the best and lovely meeting you too. Thank you again, Raees.
Engraved my initial on my signet ring excellent service and was done same day.
Took a silver bracelet to be engraved with my Dad’s hand writing. John said he would do it same day. The engraving is beautiful. And John is such a lovely person. I have no hesitation in recommending John and his skill.
John did a beautiful job of engraving a dog tag type necklace for my son with the dates of birth of people important to him. It was a lot of information on a very small tag and looked beautiful. And so speedy! 45 minutes from the time we dropped it off. Highly recommend his craftsmanship.
Dropped a bracelet and piece of handwriting with John on Saturday for engraving. It was finished by Monday and delivered safely back to me by Tuesday! I am thrilled with what he’s done, a perfect keepsake for me. John is also a perfect Gentleman and a pleasure to do business with… I will be visiting him again for sure. Thank you so much!
My fiancée and I needed our wedding rings engraved on a short timescale before our wedding. John was very friendly and professional, and the quality of his work surpassed my expectations, at a very reasonable price. Thank you!
Dr Ruoxi Shi
Hi John, Just wanted to say a massive thank you for such wonderful engravings on the cufflinks. They turned out so much more stunning than I imagined ☺️ I’m sure the recipient will be as happy as I am. Thanks 👍
John was affable, knowledgeable and it was a pleasure dealing with him, also super efficient and did a wonderful piece of engraving my Tiffany Spoon. Would not hesitate to recommend him.
Dear Mr Dearden. Just to say my daughter was absolutely thrilled with the engraving…it moved her to tears…not something that happens lightly. I really appreciate your skill and consideration 😍
Simply the best engraver in the business in my opinion, but most certainly the Manchester area. The services he provides are unparalleled, and always shine through with authenticity and passion as a craftsmen, rather than being a soulless commercial enterprise. Since I was 15, John has been my go-to for over 23yrs, long before the for age of the internet and when reviews rated someone’s talents and drew custom. Quite simply, his work and customer service speaks for itself and long may I hope he continues 6 stars all round.
Megan Gilchrist, Warrington
I just wanted to drop you a message to say thank you from myself and Julie for the amazing work you did on the boys watches. They both love them and it means so much to have their dads handwriting immortalised on their wrists. It is the funeral today and they will both be wearing them with pride.
You did a beautiful job of capturing the handwriting! We cannot thank you enough! Take care.
Karen Crossland, Dukinfield
After a recent bereavement I wanted to have a bracelet engraved for my grandaughter to be buried in.
Everywhere I tried said it needed someone who specialises in hand engraving and several of them told me of John Dearden. I needed it doing quite urgently and was very impressed with John’s empathy and willingness to fit me in under my extremely sad circumstances.
I was given excellent directions and found John in the Royal Exchange easily. The engraving was beautiful and perfectly done and I was able to collect in less than an hour. Would recommend to all who require someone who excels in hand engraving.
John McShane, Buckinghamshire
Hi John, just received the bracelet and I’m so pleased with the engraving, this will make it a very special gift. Many thanks 👍
Bex Tooth, via Google reviews
John and Mark were both very helpful, professional and friendly. I was extremely happy with the service I received when getting some Champagne Flutes engraved for a wedding gift. They provided excellent customer service and went out of their way to make sure things ran smoothly and in time for the wedding. I would highly recommend them.
Cathy Barber, Shropshire
Hello John, The bracelet has arrived and I am absolutely thrilled with your skill to produce such a lovely engraving. It’s perfect. Thank you so much and thanks for the keyring too. He’ll never know it was a last minute moment!! Very kind regards.
Sarah Brocklehurst (via a retailer)
Dear John, I collected my wedding ring today from Jenny Jones. Just wanted to thank you for the beautiful engraving. So very pleased. Kind regards, Sarah
Ryan Luke, Durham
Hi John, I’ve received the knife and it’s absolutely beautiful. My parents and I are over the moon with it and I think we’ll be getting a display case to properly show it off. Thanks again for everything and I’ll definitely be coming back to you again if I need another engraving.
Christine & Andrew Lomax
Excellent service and engraving from John. I was so pleased and overwhelmed by the quality and standard of the engraving on my watch which was bought in memory of my grandparents. John and his colleague Mark were extremely helpful and advised me on the best option for the engraving – true professionals and would definitely recommend. 5* quality and service. Thanks again John and Mark.
I have just collected my second engraved stone and I want to let you know I’m delighted with both of them. They look great – exactly what I wanted. I am also very impressed with the service. Mark listened to what I had in mind and was efficient and genuinely interested in getting it right. So – a big thank you to both of you. I will definitely recommend you to my friends ( a couple of them have already made positive comments about the one I collected on Saturday)
Maxine De Their Lowe, Reading
Morning John, my locket arrived and the engraving is beautiful, it has made my locket even more special.
Thank you so much.
Lizz Meredith, Stockport
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! Kind regards.
Martin Runnalls, London
Hi John, the ring you engraved for me back in October 2020 has now been given. It has honestly been hugely adored and I am so grateful to yourself for the excellent standard of work you have done. It’s honestly magnificent. So thank you. Please feel free to add any photos and videos you have as previously discussed.
Once again. Thank you!
Top notch service, really quick turnaround and excellent engraving work. Very, very happy with the lettering, especially as the wording wasn’t in English! Zero complaints, would definitely recommend. Pricing very reasonable for the work completed, and the level of quality achieved.
Having already spoken to a few other companies about engraving a Sapphire Wedding Anniversary vase, John quickly demonstrated he was the man for the job. His experience and knowledge of engraving immediately shone through and his accommodating personality took care of the rest. John is a true professional who is also friendly, consultative and prides himself on dedicating the same level of attention to every job, no matter how big or small. He is able to suggest ideas without being overbearing and the value for money vs the quality of his work is a no-brainer. Our vase was completed same-day and we are delighted with the result. Thanks again John. It’s been a pleasure and we would have no hesitation in coming back to you.
Hi John, I have just received the watch, thank you for your seamless service. I will be sure to contact you for any future work I need doing and pass on your details to friends and family. Kind Regards.
Kirtsy Stuart, South Wales
Morning John, my ring has arrived. The engraving is amazing. Thank you so much. Very impressive that you were able to do it on such a tiny surface! Very happy with it!
Mr & Mrs P, via e-mail
Hello John, We wanted to thank you very much for doing the engraving on the spoon and fork exactly as we wanted it. It looks lovely. We hope it will be treasured for many years to come. Best wishes.
Hi John, Just wanted to let you know that I gave Jonathan the saxophone on Thursday as planned for our anniversary and he absolutely loves it… more importantly he said yes! The engraving looks amazing, you’ve done it perfectly and the guys at Wood Wind and Reed said it had travelled to you and back just fine it looks better than I’d even imagined! Thanks so much again for all your help. Have a great weekend! Best wishes.
Charlotte Christie, Aberdeen
Dear John, Just to let you know, I’ve received the cufflinks and they look fantastic; I think my husband will love them. Kind regards.
Gareth Thomas, Manchester
Hi John, Just to say thank you for engraving my daughters Liberty bangle recently. It looks beautiful and is just what I wanted as a special gift for her. She is delighted with it! I would thoroughly recommend your services to others. Best wishes.
I was over the moon when I found John, I had bought a watch for my husband and I wanted to have his mum’s handwriting engraved onto the side as she had recently passed away. I had no luck at other places i had tried and when I stumbled across John, I didn’t a) assume I’d get a response because the shop would be shut and b) have much hope that he would complete the work for me, because none of the other places I’d tried would touch something they hadn’t made themselves. Anyway – from the moment I contacted John it was a pleasure, I explained what and why I wanted the work done, he was sympathetic and professional and took on the job with no issue. He was working from home due to the pandemic so we arranged a date and time and I dropped of the watch, and the handwriting sample, contact free, (I was even offered coffee whilst I waited in the car!) and the work was done in less than an hour. I couldn’t be happier with the outcome and service I received. Thank you so much John, my husband is going to treasure this forever.
Georgie, Coupelle Vieille, France
Thank you so much for engraving the St Christopher for me. I am delighted with it all, particularly the beautiful script initials. I am hoping it will give a lifetime of pleasure to my son who is 13 and having it as his confirmation present. Kind regards.
Sue Jordan, Executive PA, Space Zero, Manchester
Hi John, I just wanted to drop you a quick line to say that Wayne Taylor (CEO) was really pleased with the engraving of the pens and the boxes. Our event this morning went really well and the gifts were well received by our guests. Kind regards.
Mr. A. H. Bradley, Nottingham
Hi John, Just to let you know that I’m delighted with the engraving. I wasn’t expecting such detailed work in such a small space, so all credit to your expertise. Many thanks, Andrew.
Hi John, The fob looks great, thank you so much for your help, advice and efficiency in dealing with the engraving of the fob. I shall have no hesitation in using you again or passing your number on to anyone else. Many thanks.
FAO Mark, Just a note to say thanks for the engraving on the Paul Smith watch. It ended up looking very good. Nice and discreet, and in keeping with the rest of the original patterns & branded insignia already on the watch. Service was very good. Quick, professional and just as required. Kind Regards.
John thank you ever so much for engraving my mums watch yesterday at such short notice :-). It is truly beautiful and has made the watch extra special!! You really are the best! Between me and my family you have engraved many things over the years and the detail is just the best we have ever seen!!! #truemaster at your craft!
Jodie Warris, Sheffield, Yorkshire
Thank you for doing such a perfect job on my pendant, I’m really pleased with the engraving.
Chloe Buckley at the Open St. Andrews
Hi John, Just a quick line to say thanks so much. I won a glass today engraved by you for my dad (Tom Buckley). He was blown away. Thanks for making this Open so memorable.
Jo Bones, Helmshore, Rossendale
I’m really thrilled with the engraving you did john. It’s beautiful. I will highly recommend you. Thank you again and best wishes.
Karen Finch, Salford Ceremonial Mayor's Office
Dear John, just to thank you for another job done well.
Dr Matthew Bell
Hi John, I just wanted to get in touch regarding the great service I received from Mark today. I was on a very tight schedule to get some wedding presents engraved for some overseas friends. I literally bought them today and could not find anywhere to do the engraving quickly without a few days wait or mail order service. I fly out in the morning so needed a quick turnaround service.
Mark was extremely patient and helpful, and the finished products are great. It was 16:00 hrs and he still accepted and did the engraving for me on multiple items. His dedication to the customer is much of a rarity nowadays. Your service is one of a kind, I couldn’t find anything similar at Selfridges, John Lewis or Harvey Nicks. It adds a personal touch without the inconvenience of waiting days. The few hours that Mark dedicated to engraving my silverware today will bring many years of happy memories to my newly wed friends. Thank you so much and good luck with the business. Best Regards.
Dear John, I can’t thank you enough for the kindness, effort and over and above customer service you have given me. Alan Wilson has worked magic with my friend’s gold watch, it’s beautiful. She is so happy but has no idea of the trials and tribulations we have gone through. I could not have achieved this without you, your customer service is amazing it puts to shame many PLC’s that I have worked with. Thank you and I hope Santa brings you something special because you are a very special person. Kind regards.
Nicola Mellor, Atlantic Pacific Global Logistics
Hi John, once again we would just like to say a big thank you for what you did for us on such short notice – it looks fantastic!! and would also like you to know we will definitely be bearing you in mind for any future engravings. Thumbs up! From the girls at Manchester (APGL).
The bracelet looks lovely. I will take it to a Christening in the French Pyrenees this weekend. Thank you.
Kate Davies, Manchester and Salford Universities Royal Naval Unit
Mark, the glasses are fabulous. Thank you so much x. Mark is a lovely guy, went out of his way to help me with my very tight deadline and did an amazing job.
Thank you sooooo much John for engraving the lid for me it looks awesome and it’s perfect just the way I wanted. I’m glad my sister took it to you on behalf of me, I had no idea what it would look like and when she sent me the pictures I was really impressed you did a great job thank you. Thank you once again.
Dear John, I just wanted to say thank you for the beautiful engraving, that you did on my Jo Malone perfume bottle on Friday. After a long year, I got my biggest bonus of the year this month. My £82 perfume was a treat that I promised to myself. I had a simple “Deborah” engraved on it. On closer inspection once home, I realised the engraving is absolutely immaculate & made my well earned perfume even more special. Thank you so much! Have a lovely Christmas.
Shaun Hunt, Fylde
Hi John, I have received the ring and would like to say thank you. I am very happy with the engraving! Many thanks.
Guy Holland, Doncaster
I had some watch parts engraved here for a watch I’m making. I sent them in by post with instructions enclosed. The instructions were followed to the letter and the quality of engraving was superb, done in a specific font I specified and on some very delicate watch parts. Communication was fantastic, the watch was well packaged when sent back to me and the parts are now back on my watch and look great. I’m very happy with the workmanship and will no doubt use them again.
Adrian, Keighley, West Yorkshire
Dear John, I have received the ring this morning and I have to say that i am absolutely over the moon with it, it’s amazing! Thank you so very much! Also thank you for such a wonderful job in personal service, communication etc. I will have no hesitation in recommending you and the unique service you provide! Kindest regards.
Last month I decided to make my Nanna a new wedding band. Over the last few months she must have been thinking about it a lot because she had relived the heartache of losing her original band to me multiple times during the lockdown. She had lost it some time after my grandad had passed away and hoped it would turn up in their old house but it was never found when she moved out.
I don’t remember her original ring because I must have been quite young, but I wanted something which had some kind of sentiment to it so that it wasn’t just a gold band. When my grandparents were married in 1960 my Nanna had a signet ring engraved with G.P. to A.S. 31.12.60 for my grandads wedding ring. So I’ve searched high and low for a hand engraver to engrave the initials onto the inside of her band too.
It has just came back today and I am absolutely over the moon with how beautiful it looks! I can’t wait to gift it to my Nanna
Thank you so much to @manchesterengravers – John Dearden. You came recommended and I am seriously impressed! This ring is 2mm thick so it’s a really small space to work with but it looks so good! Thank you for playing a part in this story
Hi John. Received just after 12.30pm. Superb, Fantastic, Wonderful, Brilliant and it looks like the logo was born there and the red paintwork is perfect. I am staggered how good it looks, perfect style size and script, I can’t ask for better. John, I can’t thank you enough, you are the Master Craftsman my research said you were. WOW. Thankyou. Thankyou. Thankyou. Kindest Regards.
Had my daughter’s locket engraved with her nanna on after she died a couple of months ago. Very pleased with it and the service was great. Highly recommend John Dearden Engraving.
Michael Burrows, Via e-mail
Just to let you know how pleased I am with the ID bracelet you engraved. The detail is stunning and on such a small area to work on. Initially I thought the price quite expensive but can see where the work has gone. Will definitely recommend you to friends and will return again.
Rion and Chris Teegan, Stockport
To Mark and John. We were thrilled with the result of “The Way” decanter. Thank you very much for putting in the “Start and Finish” of the route Mark, REALLY kind of you and it was so appreciated by us and Dave.
Chris Farrar, Michigan, USA
Just wanted to let you know the engraving on the engagement ring is fantastic, I got back in time, and she loved it (and said yes)! Thank you so much for taking time when you didn’t have it to help me.
Sean Sheffield, Manchester
John engraved a lovely set of initials onto a metal disc on an antique jewellery box, really making the gift extra special. As well as being a very skilled engraver, John is also a perfect gent and even wrapped my gift on hearing of my inability to wrap the simplest of shapes!
Alan Roberts, Begbies-Traynor Group
I have used John for several years now for a variety of engraving work. Without fail his service is polite, responsive and the quality of work is very high. He gives creative assistance and advice with quick delivery of the finished product.
James Froggatt, The Oddfellows Friendly Society
We have just used John Dearden for our engraving for at least seven years and we have always received a first rate service. He does a beautifully crafted job and his customer care is excellent as well.
John’s work is engraving at its best. He is so skillful and talented and also full of artistic ideas. He will turn the tiniest piece of jewellery into something special. His ‘miniature’ engraving is extraordinary. We have never seen anything alike and have quite a few of his works of art at home to retain unforgettable moments. Whenever we have some engraving to be done, we’ll save it for one of our regular visits to Manchester. NO DOUBT – John Dearden is worth the travelling!!!
I first met John on my wedding day. I was walking around the store the morning of my wedding day when I had an idea. I thought how wonderful it would be to have two goblets engraved with our initials and the date. I wondered why I hadn’t thought of it before and cursed the fact there was no time to deal with this. John would have none of it. He helped with the selection of glassware and completed the engraving. My wife must have been pleased because almost 30 years later we are still together.
I still rush in at the last minute and John still helps me select a piece of glassware and helps clear my thoughts with a message that relates to something important that has happened in our life in the last year. The house is full of wonderful glass with beautifully engraved messages that will give us great memories for the rest of our lives.
Maxine Fardini, Brighton
Hi John, I just went to the post office to pick up the ring, and I just wanted to say you did a fantastic job, thank you so much! Kind regards.
Michael Sorrell, Isle of Man
Dear John, the rings arrived on Saturday and they are fantastic. You have done a wonderful job and they are exactly as I had envisaged them. Thank you so much for your superb and fast work. If ever I need anything engraving again I will definitely be sending it to you. Thank you again and best regards.
J. Taylor, Harrogate
I would not go near John Dearden with a barge pole, unless the said barge pole was in need of a beautiful inscription.
Syedur Rahman, Manchester
I’ve been going to John Dearden Engraving for many years. A true gentleman and an amazing craftsman. His work is beyond expectation. From cufflinks to tankards, vases to trophies, he will create for you your very own masterpiece. His workshop would not be out of place if it were in Harrods, thankfully its not.
Lorraine B. Coen, Manchester Grammar School
We have been a client of John Dearden Engraving now for several years and have found his work to be of the highest quality. His skills as an engraver have always been complemented by the quick and efficient service he has provided to the school.
Denis Barrott, Chadderton
I have had many items for personal use and for organisations, both metal and glassware, inscribed by Mr John Dearden over a period of many years. That in itself is evidence that I find the quality of his workmanship to be of the highest quality.
I would like to express my gratitude to John Dearden, Engraver at House of Fraser, Deansgate. I was very impressed with his service, which was prompt and friendly. John took time to explain everything to me in detail and he gave me different options for the type of engraving I needed. I would definitely recommend him.
Dr. D. M. Kalman, Natural Therapy Centre
I discovered John’s engraving workshop in Kendals in passing, purely by chance. The beauty of his work, personalised decanters, fine trophy work, etc was very eye-catching. It was a lucky discovery as he decorated many items for me over the years, not just executing masterful work, but giving professional advice about style, lay-out and even content. His whole professional package is top quality and I would recommend him to any potential customer.
Vicki Kitchen, SG World Ltd
Hi John, I received my vase back this morning and I just wanted to say what a fantastic job you’ve done. I’m absolutely delighted! Thank you very much.
Kim, Prestatyn, Pembrokeshire
Dear John, I can’t thank you enough for your great work, I love the engraved ring and can’t wait to give it my partner on his birthday, he will love it !! I don’t normally like sending things in the post and I get a little nervous about it but you made me feel so at ease and made the transaction very easy. I can’t believe how quick I received it back too thank you very much you do amazing work and I would definitely recommend you. Kind regards.
Mark Lee, Leicestershire
Greetings and Good Morning John, What a fabulous piece of work to wake up to!! It’s exactly what was pinging around my head but ten times better. It catches the light superbly. I am completely blown away!! Unbelievable artwork! Heartfelt thanks. Excellent job!!
Megan Walley, Stoke on Trent
Hi John, Just thought I would send you a quick message to say my pendant has arrived and I’m absolutely delighted! The engraving is perfect, phenomenal work. Over the moon with how it’s turned out, thank you so so much.
Rachel Cain, Manchester
Hi, I just want to say a special thank you for my 4 necklaces you made with my dad’s hand print on them they are beautiful thank you so much x. My stepmum and sisters were over the moon with them xx.
Mary Manson, Belfast
The child’s silver bangle arrived last week, and I am delighted with the engraving. Thank you so much for the care you showed me. I wish you well.
Judith, Newcastle upon Tyne
Hi John, we would like to say a great big thank you for the necklace you engraved with the girls’ hand prints. Once again another fantastic job and absolutely overjoyed that you did this at so short notice meaning we received it in time for Christmas, Sam loves it.
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