A new study finds that personalized engraveries can make a huge difference to how people see and feel their jewelry.
It comes from the University of Minnesota and is the result of a collaboration between the university and a startup that specializes in creating personalized engravings.
The study found that when people are given a set of engraved rings, the size, shape, and color of each ring, it can dramatically impact how they perceive their jewelry and their relationship with their jewelry brand.
The findings were presented Monday in the journal PLOS ONE.
“Engravers can be an effective way of making an item a part of your own identity and creating a new way to look at a piece of jewelry,” said the study’s senior author and UW associate professor of materials science and engineering John R. Stemmer.
“In addition, engraved items can be a great way to showcase your own jewelry.”
The study found engravers that use 3D printing to create an image of the jewelry item can increase the overall size of the ring, and the size of a piece, by up to 10%.
Stemmer’s team used 3D-printed jewelry to create 3D images of a pair of rings.
The images were then uploaded to Google and compared to images of different people’s faces, with a third party software called Eye-Catcher.
The researchers found that if people looked at a photo of someone’s face and looked at an image with the same face, their brains reacted differently.
The people that were given an engraved ring had greater activation in the left anterior insula and left amygdala when looking at a face with the engraved ring.
They also had a greater activation for the right anterior insular cortex and left cuneus.
“When we asked participants to look directly at an engraved item, they were more likely to think it was made with an engram and more likely that they thought it looked like their face,” Stemmers said.
“And that increased their emotional response.
We found that even when people looked only at the engraved image, they actually perceived the item as theirs, even if they were looking at an uncut image.”
Stemmers is a pioneer in the field of personalized engrams, but his team’s study is just one example of how 3D engraves can enhance the way people see their jewelry brands.
“We’ve done some research that shows that people who are engrauded, even when they’re looking at something with a lot of different images, they will perceive that image as their own,” Stadmer said.
A person can get engraven jewelry without ever having the experience of putting on a ring.
For example, someone can buy a pair that’s made from stainless steel and then have it engraved with an image from the movie “The Hobbit.”
But when the person sees an engraved photo of a ring, their brain begins to see the ring as a part that belongs to the person they’re with.
When people feel their engagement ring is not their own, they may feel the need to purchase a different ring or perhaps wear an earring to keep their engagement with their ring.
The same thing happens when a person is wearing a bracelet that has an engraved image on it.
The study also found that the same engraper can engrave more than one person at a time.
If a person engraps their own image, but the engraker is not the same person who engraved the image, the engraper can see the two images and be able to see who they are.
Stembers says that the new research could be a useful tool to enhance engagement rings and other custom jewelry designs, but it’s also an interesting way to test a design’s power and the people who use it.
“I think the next step is to do more and more work on how people are perceiving their rings, whether they’re engrapping themselves or not,” Stembermer said, adding that the research could lead to personalized jewelry that’s better suited to each person.