How Morse Code Works On Jewelry

by Trevor Adams
Morse code telegrapher

I am very proud to say that my brand, Modern Out, was the first male jewelry brand to design and sell engraved Morse Code bar necklaces. And quickly after that, Morse Code jewelry was everywhere. We are known very well for our masculine engraved jewelry but believe it or not our first ever engraved necklace was just Morse Code. And before laser engraving machines, we did each dot and dash by hand -- with a hammer and stamping blocks -- for every single order. 


Morse Code is a unique design for jewelry. It allows you to have a secret code worn around your neck. Customers thought this was just the coolest thing and we sold thousands of these necklaces over the years. It’s been a staple of ours since the beginning and we still engrave Morse Code bar pendants every single day. Of course, Morse Code is lengthy so short words or abbreviations work best for jewelry. For example, some people can have spaces between each letter to help separate the code for easier reading - or keep it all together.

Engraved morse code bar necklace
Morse Code Bar​​
Engraved morse code flat bar necklaces
Morse Code Flat Bar​​

Some of you may or may not completely comprehend Morse code — and that’s okay. When I first heard about Morse Code it was back in 1997 — I was 8 years old — and my dad took me to see the movie Titanic in theaters. You may remember that scene where Captain Edward Smith handed a note to the ship’s Telegrapher who then sent out a Morse Code message to other nearby ships requesting help. I was so confused about what was happening or how that even worked. Ever since then, I have always been fascinated by Morse Code. Who would have thought that fascination at 8 years old would be a source of income for me in the future? You even now see a glimpse of Morse Code in the new Glass Onion movie.

Morse code is a communications language created by Samuel Morse and Alfred Vail originally to be used with the telegraph. Each letter of the alphabet is made up of combinations of dots and dashes that were originally sent over telegraph wires or by radio waves from one place to another. Morse is the earliest type of digital communications, as the code is made solely from Ones and Zeros (ons and offs). It was the only way to rapidly communicate over very long distances before voice communications and two-way radios were able to do the job better. from one place to another. Morse is the earliest type of digital communications, as the code is made solely from Ones and Zeros (ons and offs). It was the only way to rapidly communicate over very long distances before voice communications and two-way radios were able to do the job better.

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Morse Code Chart:

morse code chart

When you write down Morse Code, it is much longer than the alphabet. Morse Code is a series of dots and dashes that make up a letter or number. After personally dealing with Morse Code for so long it seems like I’ve learned another language -- which is a pretty cool party trick. Because morse code is lengthy, it's better to memorize what letters have the least and most characters. This helps a lot when counting characters.


T, E = 1 character each

A, I, M, N = 2 characters

D, G, K, O, R, S, U, W = 3 characters

B, C, F, H, J, L, P, Q, V, X, Y, Z = 4 characters each


Our most popular Morse Code requests are initials like: KBA or K B A, for example. We also get a lot of short words like "Life" or "Strong" -- we always seem to have tons of inspirational words requested to be engraved in Morse Code. Are you a fan of Morse Code jewelry? If you had the chance to get Morse Code engraved on a piece of jewelry, what would you request?

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