One of the more popular ways to personalize a monument today is through the process of etching. Usually done on black or a dark colored stone, etching adds a level of detail that can not be obtained through the normal production process.
One type is laser etching. This process uses a laser imaging system to “etch” the image directly into the surface of the stone. Being computer driven a laser etching will ensure a very high degree of detail and exact reproduction.
The other form of etching is hand etched. This process is done by hand by a highly skilled and qualified artist. Instead of computer driven imaging, an artist will hand etch the image into the stone. Although not as detailed or exact as a laser, hand etching can add a higher level of personalization to any monument. Instead of having standard scenes to choose from, you can incorporate a particular image that has meaning to you and your loved ones.
Please keep in mind that most all cemeteries have rules and regulations that must be adhered to when it comes to the design of monuments. Depending on the cemeteries, etched designs may not be acceptable.
If you are unsure how those regulations pertain to your particular plot let us know. If you supply us the name and phone number of the cemetery we will call and see what regulations do apply and what your options may be.