About Us

John Thompson has years of experience…

John W. Thompson & Son are Master Hand Engravers, with John accumulating over 58 years experience. But the art of engraving has forever been in their family – their ancestor was the famed 18th century hand engraver William Hogarth.

John W. Thompson completed a five-year apprenticeship with Messrs William Day (Engravers) Ltd at the Angel, Islington, London, in the 1960s. He was the last apprentice in his craft to be taken on anywhere in the United Kingdom. Afterwards John undertook further training at the Central School of Arts and Crafts as well as the London School of Print.

Starting his business in Sydney, Australia over 30 years ago; John’s son Peter has been working alongside him learning the traditional skills of a craftsman. Both father and son are passionate about their craft.

At John W. Thompson & Son we have had the pleasure of engraving for some well-known clients…

John has engraved the stationery for most of the Royal Family on copperplate printing plates (Intaglio Engraving). He has also crafted a hand engraved signet ring for the Prince of Wales and has hand engraved pieces for many high profile Australians.

We are highly skilled and experienced with engraving signet, engagement and wedding rings…

At John W. Thompson and Son we custom design and hand craft signet rings for your seals, crests and coat of arms. We use the traditional method of seal engraving to create the very best results. While we have engraved rings for some well-known families, all of our clients have one thing in common: they care about quality, beauty and craftsmanship.

What sets John W. Thompson & Son apart…

Today there are very few Master Hand Engravers at work in the world. John W Thompson & Son aspire to keep the craft of hand engraving alive and passing it on through generations to come. While the art of traditional hand engraving is difficult to find John and Peter Thompson will continue to use their traditional methods to keep the historical skill alive. Giving the gift of a hand engraved ring or accessory allows you to start a new family heirloom, keepsake or personal possession that will be remembered forever.

Let John W. Thompson make your engagement or wedding extra special…

Hand engraving your precious engagement or wedding ring will significantly enhance its magical beauty and meaning. The distinguished appearance of hand engraving will not only enrich the character of a piece but also the person wearing it. Personalised pieces are often cherished even more dearly, due to their unique and elegant allure. Our Master Engravers at John W. Thompson & Son will spend the time to work with our clients in developing the perfect design for your precious piece.

Contact Us

Opening Hours

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday – 9:30am to 4:30pm

Wed – 9:30am to 3:30pm (until further notice)

Sat, Sun, Mon – Closed


Suite 1B, Level 4, The Dymocks Building,
428 George Street
Sydney, NSW, 2000


(02) 9233 3520

Ph: (02) 9233 3520