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Jewelry Laser Engraving Machine: The Ultimate Buying Guide

by Winnie Li Updated on October 30, 2023

Jewelry engraving is a popular way to personalize and customize your jewelry pieces. Whether you want to add a name, a message, a date, or a design, jewelry engraving can make your jewelry more meaningful and unique. 

Among the many jewelry engraving machines, laser engravers are preferred over others due to their high accuracy. 

engraved jewelry made with laser engravers

In this blog post, we will explain what is a jewelry laser engraving machine, why it is better than other methods, what are the different kinds of jewelry laser engravers, and how to select the best one for your projects. By the end of this post, you will have a clear idea of how to create stunning and personalized jewelry pieces with laser engraving.

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In This Article

  • How Does a Jewelry Laser Engraver Work?
  • Advantages of Jewelry Laser Engraving Machines
  • Types of Jewelry Laser Engraving Machines
  • Factors to Consider When Choosing a Jewelry Laser Engraver
  • Best Laser Engraver for Jewelry
  • How to Laser Engrave Jewelry?

How Does a Jewelry Laser Engraver Work?

Jewelry laser engraving is a process of creating permanent and personalized designs on various types of jewelry pieces, such as rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, pendants, etc. Jewelry laser engraving can be used for adding text, logos, symbols, images, patterns, or any other custom artwork to your jewelry. 

This form of engraving uses a jewelry laser engraving machine, a specialized device that directs a high-powered laser beam onto the material's surface. The laser beam heats up and vaporizes the surface of the jewelry material, creating a precise and detailed engraving

The jewelry laser engraver is controlled by computer software that allows you to adjust the speed, power, frequency, and other settings of the laser. This offers unparalleled precision that allows for incredibly detailed work, far exceeding what manual engraving can achieve. The laser beam can also be focused to a very small spot size. As a result, laser engraved jewelry pieces often feature an exquisite level of detail.

Jewelry laser engraving can be done on various types of metals, such as gold, silver, platinum, stainless steel, titanium, brass, copper, etc. Laser Engravers can also be done on some non-metallic materials, such as wood, leather, acrylic, glass, etc.

engraved metal jewelry made by a jewelry laser engraving machine
non-metal jewelry made by a jewelry laser cutter

The result of jewelry engraving using a laser engraving machine differs according to the material of the jewelry. There are different results on wooden engraved jewelry compared to metal engraved jewelry. The appearance and feel are completely different.

Engraving metal jewelry using a laser engraver means laser marking the item. By laser marking, it means that the laser leaves marks when it comes in contact with the material. The metal material is pretty hard and has a very high boiling temperature; therefore, there is no cavity, 3D appearance, or deep engraving.

engraved metal jewelry made by a jewelry laser engraver

On the other hand, when you laser engrave wooden or acrylic jewelry, the laser engraver creates a deep mark or cut that gives a 3D look. If you touch that surface, you will feel the depth of the engraving. It is because these materials vaporize quickly when the laser beams meet the surface. Thus, the material is taken off the surface, and you are left with a cavity.

engraved acrylic jewelry made by a jewelry laser engraver

Jewelry engraving is used for various purposes. The most important or common use of jewelry laser engraving is personalization. You can engrave names, tags, dates, or whatever you want on the jewelry. Secondly, jewlery laser engraving machines can also be used for cutting the material in the desired shape of the jewelry.

laser cut acrylic jewlery

Advantages of Jewelry Laser Engraving Machines

These advantages make jewelry laser engraving machines a valuable asset for jewelers seeking to elevate their craftsmanship, efficiency, and customer satisfaction.

Superior Precision: Jewelry laser engraving offers unparalleled precision. It can achieve fine, exact detail in designs that are nearly impossible to replicate with traditional manual methods. This precision enables the creation of intricate and complex patterns, personalized messages, and even lifelike portraits on small surfaces, such as a ring or a pendant.

Versatility: Laser engraving machines can work on virtually any material—be it gold, silver, platinum, or even hard gemstones. This versatility extends the design possibilities, allowing jewelry makers to expand their creative horizons and offer more personalized and unique pieces.

Non-Contact Process: Since laser engraving doesn't involve any physical contact between the tool and the jewelry piece, the risk of causing damage or wear to the item is significantly reduced. This non-contact process is especially beneficial when working with delicate or thin materials that could be damaged by more invasive methods.

Consistency: Laser engraving ensures consistent results. Whether you're engraving a single piece or a batch of hundreds, the laser engraving machine will produce the same high-quality result every time, which is essential for brand consistency and large-scale production.

Time-Efficiency: The process of jewelry laser engraving is automated and thus, faster than manual methods. This speed enables jewelry businesses to increase their productivity and meet customer demands more efficiently.

Customization: With the integration of CAD software, jewelry laser engraving machines can execute any design conceived by the artist or customer. This advantage makes it a powerful tool for creating customized or personalized jewelry, meeting the growing demand for one-of-a-kind pieces in the industry.

Durability: Laser-engraved designs are known for their longevity. As the laser alters the surface structure of the material, the engravings are highly resistant to fading or wearing off over time, ensuring a lasting design that can be cherished for generations.

Types of Jewelry Laser Engraving Machine

There are three types of laser machines commonly used for laser engraving. All these machines have different characteristics, capabilities, and properties. Therefore, it is a must to understand what kind of jewelry they can engrave and how it works. 

1. Diode Laser Engravers for Jewelry

The most common and affordable option for jewelry engraving is a diode laser engraver. If you want to work from home or in a small shop, this machine is suitable because it is compact and portable.

diode laser engraver for jewelry

a. Applicable Jewelry Materials

In a diode laser engraver, pump diodes are used to generate laser beams. These laser beams have the capability to engrave various materials.

Diode laser engraving machines can be further classified into two types. One is the most common one, which is the blue laser. The wavelength of this laser is 450nm, and it is capable of engraving wood, acrylic, stone, glass, steel, etc. 

Depending on the optical power of the blue laser, the machine is able to engrave hard materials. Usually, a diode laser engraver has a power rating of 5W to 15W. This power can laser engrave wood, acrylic and some metal jewelry, but you cannot engrave on precious metals. Some more powerful diode laser engravers, such as the xTool’s world’s most powerful diode laser, xTool D1 Pro 40W, can offer color laser engraving on metals. But again, it still can not be used for precious metals engraving because of its wavelength.

You can cut and engrave acrylic and wooden jewelry without any hassle using a diode laser engraver. But please note that to be able to laser cut acrylic, the laser light has to be absorbed by acrylic. Due to clear acrylic letting over 90% blue light (visible light) pass through it, they can’t be cut using a blue light diode laser. 

acrylic jewely made with a jewelry laser cutter

The second type of diode laser is the infrafred laser, which usually has a wavelength of 1064nm. Due to the wavelength of this laser, it is capable of engraving precious metal, such as gold, silver, and platinum. Moreover, it can also laser engrave plastic much better than the blue laser. 

engraved metal jewelry made by a jewelry laser engraving machine

b. Features & Advantages

Diode laser engraving machines are suitable for beginners, and they can easily handle it and start a new business. If they contains both the blue laser and infrared laser modules, they can cover a wide range of materials that are not possible by CO2 or fiber lasers.

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Diode laser engravers require a lower investment compared to other types of machines, and you can get an excellent return on your investment. You can target various products and fill your inventory with splendid wooden, acrylic, and metal items.

A diode laser machine is ideal for small businesses as there is almost no maintenance, and the lifespan is quite longer than a CO2 machine. It also has batch processing features, safety features, and almost everything you need to start the jewelry engraving business.

The results of diode lasers are very fine. Usually, the laser spot is smaller than 0.05 x 0.05, which is the best for engraving on jewelry. It offers fine results and the utmost perfection you need. There are no burn marks, and the objects appear clean and clear after engraving.

c. Price Range

Diode laser machines are usually available for $600 to $2000, depending on the features, power, and other specifications. It is much less than the price of a CO2 or fiber laser. Common people can easily invest in this machine and make different types of jewelry. These machines have a longer life, so you do not need to replace them in a short time. With that being said, your investment is recovered for sure.

Keep in mind that this price range is only for the machine. If you need to buy a rotary attachment, enclosure, air assist, extension, and other accessories, it will