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How to Remove an Engraving From Your Jewelry

Written by Annabelle
April 30, 2020

While it’s fun to engrave an item, what happens when you’re no longer in love with the inscription? You can get it removed! However, it’s not an easy process and the procedure differs from item to item. Here’s what you need to know in order to remove an engraving.

How Is Jewelry Engraved?


This white gold ring had its engraving removed.

To understand how to remove an engraving, you need to know how the engraving is applied.

Typically, most engravings are done via laser engraving, which carves the engraving into the surface of the metal. When you touch the engraving, you can feel a difference between the engraved metal and the surrounding metal.

Other engravings are created in a “spray-paint stencil” like manner, and this is typically found on color-coated stainless steel jewelry. The item is “engraved” with an inscription that is created by covering the metal with the desired letters while the jewelry is coated. This creates a color contrast between the plain metal and the coated metal, allowing you to view the inscription.

Removing an Engraving

To remove an engraving, a jeweler has to laser the metal at the area of the engraving, blasting it to level out the texture of the metal. Once this is done, the jeweler polishes the item and restores it to a smooth, blank surface.

While this procedure is fairly easy to do with metals such as sterling silver, gold, platinum, and stainless steel, this becomes much trickier with gold or silver plated items. This is because gold and silver plated jewelry vary from high quality to low quality material underneath the plating, and the engraving removal process will take off the plating. In order to restore the look of the item, the jeweler has to replate the piece.


This gold-plated tungsten ring is showing the metal's color under the engraving.

This becomes more problematic when the metal underneath the plating is not conducive to any metalwork. Cheap costume jewelry metals that contains zinc, lead, or pewter do not react well at all to lasering or polishing, and may even disintegrate in the process. If your item is gold plated, the jeweler will inform you that there is a possibility the jewelry will be affected by the process and you need to confirm before they proceed with the work.

Finally, items such as tungsten, ceramic carbide, and titanium are near-impossible to polish out due to the nature of the metal. If you have an engraving on these materials, consider it permanent as any attempt at polishing will result in scuffing and even massive porosity as holes start appearing in the material. 

Cost and Turnaround Time

Removing an engraving is the same price as your average polishing, and it starts at $21 depending on the material of your item. This can usually be done same-day, except for stainless steel which takes about 3-5 days to process.

Now you’re all set on how to remove an engraving! If you have something you want to erase, comment below and we can help you get started.

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Chandra Mahapaurya

Hello. Can you restamp a ring with Platinum and 18K hallmarks? They were taken out when my rings were resized. Thank you.


Hi there, yes we can! Please email us at [email protected] for further assistance! 🙂


Can you remove engraving on key chain and then engrave something different on it?


Hi there, it depends on what the base metal of the key chain is! Could you please email us a picture and let us know what the base metal is to [email protected]?

Kahlil Moses

I bought a stainless steel watch from a pawn shop after looking at it the previous owners name is engraved on it can i get it removed thank you for your time.


Can you remove or diminish an engraved Cross sterling silver pen?


Hi there, I don’t believe this is something we could polish for you since pens are made of hollow metal and may burn or melt under heat!

Kelley Graham

Can you help with a sterling silver medic alert bracelet? One of my key meds has changed and I need to update. Thanks!


Hi Kelley, We have reached out to you via email!

Edmund soh

I have a set of Montblanc pen with my name engraved I would like to erase it can anyone tell me where can I find a specialise to help me erase my name


Is it possible to remove a engraving from black zirconium?


Hi Seselly, we’ll reach out to you via email for a photo of the piece!

Krishelle Bottomley

Could you get rid of my Xs name Ebe on this ring? It was a promise ring but he broke it and i dont wear it cause it has his name on it but i like it


Hi There, yes we can! We’ll reach out via email with more info and pricing.

Sabrina Lewellen

Could you erase Dallas off of my class ring and change it to Denton?


Hi Sabrina, we do not have the capability to remove the “Dallas” off your ring and replace the writing. That would damage the casting. Please keep us in mind for your future repairs


Can you change a 5 to an 8 on a ring engraving


Hi There, we may be able to help! We’ll reach out via email with further details!

Angela Luo

I have a tungsten carbide ring that has been laser engraved, is it possible to remove it? It is coated in black.


Hello! I was wondering if you could un engrave something and then regrave that same spot?


This should be a snap! I’ve followed up directly via email 🙂


Can you remove initials from bottom of sorority pin


This should be no problem at all! I’ve followed up via email with next steps 🙂


I am considering the purchase of 2 gorham napkin rings, but they are engraved. What would it cost to remove the names from the sterling silver rings?


Hi Diana, base pricing is just $25 per ring! I’ve followed up via email with next steps 🙂


Can you change a 07 to a 02 on a key chain. I didn’t notice the mistake until to late and I have 5 of my late child’s birth date put on them for each of her brother and sisters. Plus dad and myself. I had sent it to a jewelry store they had them for over two years. I finally was able to get them back


This should be no problem at all! I’ve followed up with next steps via email 🙂


PS So sorry to hear about your experience with the other jeweler 😰


Hi! I’m curious anything could be done with a thin ring I have. It’s not pure silver. It was laser etched and etching isn’t as visible as I’d like. I’d love if it could be “erased” and if so would it be possible to redo, or is it too thin? The company description says: Our .925 sterling silver is a bright, shiny and high quality metal perfect for sensitive skin. The composition is 92.5% silver and 7.5% of copper.


This should be no problem at all, especially as the original engraving sounds quite shallow. I’ve followed up directly via email for next steps 😉


I have a set of wedding cake cutters with names and date, also two Waterford champagne toasting glasses with name and date. Can this be deleted?


Probably yes to the cake cutters, and probably no to the glasses – I’ve followed up via email with some follow-up questions and next steps 😉


Can you take my engravings on 2 Cartier watches and have them filled/refurbished to no engravings without jeopardizing the watch

Ron Diaz

Hi, Anthony! We’d love to take a look at your watches. We reached out via email with the next steps 🙂


Can you remove a engraving on stainless steel id? And can I get engraved again?

Ron Diaz

Hi, Nikki! This definitely something that we can do, I sent you an email for further information about your request. 🙂


Can you remove engraving on sterling silver? And can you regrave that same spot?

Ron Diaz

Hi Chris, thank you so much for your comment! We reached out via email to help you out 🙂


Remove a name from ring

Ron Diaz

Hi Doris. Happy New Year and thank you so much for your comment on our post! I reached out via email to help you with your ring 🙂


Can you get rid of an engraving on my Pandora silver bracelet?

Ron Diaz

Hi Baila, thank you so much for reaching out! We’d love to take a look. I sent you an email to help you get rid of the engraving on your Pandora bracelet 🙂