There are two basic forms of lettering; it can be cut ("sunken")  into the granite [JONES and SMITH in the Lettering Examples] or "raised" by means of cutting away surrounding granite [RILEY].  

Raised lettering normally consists of letters with flat polished facing on a contrasting, unpolished background appearing as a panel.  The height is determined by personal preference subject to certain limitations imposed by lettering font, size, and granite type.  Most common are heights of roughly 5mm or 1/4 inch.

Depth of sunken lettering is limited by the width of the script of the letter and as a rule of thumb should not be deeper than the width. It is a widely held opinion that deeply cut lettering "lasts longer".  This is simply not true.  Lettering sunken into the polish normally should be only deep enough to remove the polish [WEST] in order to provide the best contrast and visual effect.


Lettering can be engraved using almost any font (style), but over the years, a number have become widely accepted as industry standard.  LONS recommends choosing from these, but  we are always pleased to accept special requests. Our considerable experience ensures only the best results.


Lettering can be finished in various ways depending on its style and manner of engraving.  Certain types of sunken lettering can be "V-cut", producing smooth sides and a defining centre-line at the base of the cut.  Others can be dyed for additional contrast or even colour; but this should be a matter of personal preference. Although the dyes are specially designed for the purpose, they can not be reasonably expected to last as log as the granite and engraving itself.  LONS routinely opts for engraving methods which produce high contrast lettering without the need for enhancing dyes.


Although it may seem that choosing lettering is an intimidating task, LONS makes it painless!  Even if you have no idea of what you want or what is available, the folks at LONS are so familiar with lettering and engraving that they can guide you smoothly through the complete decision making process.

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