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25 August

Why Do Ring Sizes Vary?

Ring sizing

Why Do Ring Sizes Vary?

Have you ever gone to your local jewelry store to get your finger sized and then gone into another jewelry store to find out that it is a different size? Customers often tell us that they went to several different stores and got several different ring sizes. The confusion makes for a very frustrating outing!
 
So, how can a customer know which ring size is correct? It’s impossible to know for sure. There is no standardized tool for sizing rings. Each mandrel and each ring set can be slightly different. Some mandrels are made of steel and some are made of plastic which is more forgiving.
 
Ring sets can be narrow or they can be wide. Narrow rings are used for sizing narrow bands (3mm and less) and wide rings are used for sizing wide bands (3mm and greater). It doesn’t matter if you are male or female; the sizers are for measuring the width of the band. There are no sizers for comfort fit bands.
 
In addition, the way a jeweler reads the tool can vary. Some jewelers go by the leading edge (the side that goes on first) of the ring. Other jewelers will size from the center of the mandrel. Both ways of reading the size are acceptable. 
 
Why Do Ring Sizes Vary?
 
To make matters more confusing, the size of your fingers will change throughout the day. Hands will swell in the heat and shrink in the cold. Also, many foods and medications can cause our hands to swell. Your ring size could change in the course of a day!
 
We realize that ring sizing can be confusing and we are happy to work with our customers to get a perfect fit. We want our customers to enjoy wearing their brent&jess rings.
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17 August

Thank You Notes!

thank you notes

We love thank you notes! Every now and then we get them and it is a really fun way to see who we worked with to create unique and custom rings!

Here is a thank you note from Elisabeth and Scott!

Scott and Elisabeth
It is such a good idea to plan a photo with your photographer and have photo cards made!
They used B&E Photography out of Indianapolis
http://brentanderinnphotography.com/2016/08/scott-elisabeth-wedding-indianapolis-wedding-photographers/

https://www.facebook.com/Brent.ErinnPhotography/

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15 August

Wedding insurance

wedding insurance

Wedding Insurance?

There are so many things that can go wrong on your wedding day.  I recommend talking to someone about wedding

insurance.  It seems very afordable for the piece of mind it would give you.I hadn't thought about wedding insurance

much until last week.  We had a few customers email us telling us how their locations had gone out of business and

they were struggling to find a new venue after losing their deposit.   

They can reimburse your deposit if a vendor goes out of business, declares bankruptcy before your wedding, or simply

fails to show up.

What if your dress is lost or damaged?? It can cover the repair or replacement cost!!

The ring gets lost or damaged? It covers that too!

A hurricane causes you to rescedule... it can reimburse you for non recoverable expenses.

If the bride or groom is unexpectedly called up to duty, or her or his military or service leave is revoked, forcing you to

postpone the event, they can provide reimbursement for non-recoverable expenses.

The only thing it doesn't cover is cold feet.  

We bumped into to Mike Sawyer at Foy Wedding protection at a wedding party, and he was kind and knowledgeable!

He made a good case to get insurance for your wedding.  Most people spend more on a cell phone plan than it would

cost to cover the entire event. 

We had no idea it was so affordable and how much it covered!  

Foy Wedding Insurance
His email is 
weddingdayprotection@foyinsurance.com


Wedding Insurance

 

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9 August

What is the Process of Making a Brent&Jess Ring?

Brent&Jess Process

What is the Process of Making a Brent&Jess Ring?

1. When we first receive your kit, we place your fingerprints, handwriting card, and any other relevant material into your very own production tray. Lynn would have added it all into our system capturing all the details you requested.
 
 Brent in the shop
2. If you have ordered a wrap print, Brent creates a wax model of your print in the shape and size of the ring you have selected. We use a patented process exclusive to brent&jess.
 
 
3. Your ring is then cast into the metal of your choice.
 
 
4 .Adam removes the strip of extra metal (called a sprue), and readies the ring for laser engraving. Brent laser's your print onto the ring.
 
The shop at Brent&Jess
 
5. The final finish is applied,  engraving is added and then we check, re-check, and check again to make sure everything is perfect! 
 
 
6. We photograph your piece, package it up and ship it to you.
 
 Brent&Jess checking details
 
At brent&jess, we double check each step throughout the process, so that we are crafting you the best quality ring that we can possibly make. We take great pride in our work! We want you to love your brent&jess ring and enjoy wearing it.
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8 August

Maine Living Blog Series Number 8:All those spots to swim

Maine Living Blog Series

On a hot, hot day our family likes to go to a lake to spend the day in the water.  Scattered through out Sagadahoc and Lincoln counties are many small ponds, rivers, and lakes.  We are boatless swimmers so a small pond suits us nicely.  The children like to go to Coffin Pond in Brunswick because there is a really fun slide that has water sprayed on it making for an exciting zoom down into the water.  Coffin Pond is a haven for children because there is also a fun playground to go to while drying off and warming up.  The life guards are diligent, everyone has fun.

 
Damariscotta Lake is huge.  On the Jefferson end of the lake there is a state park with good parking, life guards, and a well-maintained freshwater beach. 
The water is cool and pleasant for swimming.  The swim area is roped off so swimmers are safe from boaters. There's a pavilion area that is suitable for family picnics or any group gathering.  Since this is a state park a reservation can be made via the state park web site.  
 
Since we have a camp in Weld, Lake Webb is our away from home swimming place.  Lake Webb is part of the Mt Blue State Park.  The lake is a kettle pond left by the glacier.  While swimming the view is of the mountains looming around the sides with blue, blue sky overhead.  There is a boat ramp and camp sites too. Since the lake is small there aren't many power boats.  Kayaks and canoes can go into more places where bigger boats can't navigate. The sand beach at the swimming area is a good spot to sit watching the clouds drift by.
 
Lakes, ponds, rivers, and the ocean all make for beautiful backdrops for wedding ceremonies.  The church at the top of Bunker Hill overlooks Damariscotta Lake.  Pemaquid beach is a pretty place, as is the small town beach in Southport.  There isn't much development at either and by putting the ocean behind the wedding party the pictures would be sensational.  In Florida this last winter I saw many wedding set ups along St. Pete's beach, the ocean is not as pretty there as it is here.  
 All those spots to swim
 
The deep lush green of June and July with white puffy clouds in a blue sky look so beautiful as backdrops to wedding pictures.  There's a pretty stone chapel out at East Boothbay that hosts many weddings. There are rocks there, not sand!  Also in Boothbay is the big Catholic church that sits high above the harbor.  
 
Even my garden would make a nice venue for a mid-summer wedding.  The pink phlox is just coming on, the fancy black-eyed susans, daisies, and hydrangea are in full blossom.  The huge rock wall gives the front side definition.  I can see a wedding out there with a big tent out behind.  Of course with an outdoor wedding there is always the possibility of rain.  This summer it has been so dry that rain is forgotten.
 
Nonnie B
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4 August

The process of crafting a fingerprint engagement ring

process,

Brent makes these handmade fingerprint rings with skill and artisanship. Each one is handmade by us here in our studio in Topsham, Maine. We are a small local business that strives to create wonderful handmade wedding rings that should last a long time.

This engagement ring is a beauty. It is two tone white and yellow gold.  The setting is bezel set which makes it durable and easy to wear. (No snagging on sweaters and delicate fabrics!!) Some people think that bezel set diamonds are less sparkly. This is not true.  A well cut diamond brings light in through the top and reflects it back out through the top.  They are still brilliant and eye catching. 
Handmade engagement ring

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3 August

Maine Living Blog Series Number 7: Pies and Berries

Maine Living Blog Series

Due to a short growing season Maine is not lush with a wide variety of fruits.  The good news is that the four main fruits that do grow are prolific and somewhat untamed.  Strawberries arrive first in mid to late June. In mid-coast Maine there are many places to "pick-your-own" strawberries.  I like to go over to Dresden to Popp's farm  or, in Whitefield to the Sheepscott General farm.  Typically during the early summer weekends, strawberry shortcake is the dessert served at church fairs and community fund-raisers.  There are plenty of variations on the shortcake biscuit, from round sponge cakes to a more homemade baking soda type biscuit.  My favorite variation is a base of homemade pound cake with a huge helping of cut berries and homemade whipped cream. Strawberry- rhubarb pie is the early summer offering at most pie baker's, homes.  Rhubarb is prolific as well, growing wild near old foundations and is often planted near bulkheads in older houses.

 
Perhaps due to the lack of rainfall, blueberries are early this year.  In the barrens around our neighborhood the picking has already started.  Usually it isn't until early August that the colorful packing boxes get dumped off at each section of the barrens.  Our next door neighbor Elli Damon has his "pick-your-own" sign out on Thayer Road..  Already there have been pickers with their rakes.  Most local people(where ever they live, not just Lincoln County) have secret spots where they have picked berries over the years.  Going out in the yard to pick a cup of berries in the morning for blueberry pancakes or muffins is a must.  Blueberries are prolific, they really thrive in the rocky Maine soil.  The big barrens are owned by local families who are part of a cooperative live Wymans. Maine berries are small and have a distinctive taste.  Picking blueberries is a summer tradition for many people.  Robert McCloskey's book "Blueberries for Sal" says it all, as do Andrew Wyeth"s pictures of the pleasures of picking-like stretching out in the wild grasses next to the berry patch.
 
August is the best month for getting a slice of blueberry pie.  The Union Fair has a whole food concession devoted to blueberry pie.  I don't consider a lobster bake complete without several blueberry pies for dessert.  Most lobster bake concessions now offer blueberry cake instead of pie.  Blueberry cake is delicious too, as long as lots of bllueberries are used.  Since the blueberry season is short many cooks buy flats of berries to flash freeze for use the rest of the year.  On Blinn Hill there is a seasonal shop that sells flats.  Out on Route 1 in Wiscassett there are spots to buy berries by the quart.
 
While the blueberries are coming on the wild raspberries appear as well.  Brambles grow so easily that black raspberries show up everywhere.  Mowing the lawn the brambles tear at my legs.  The more I cut them down, the more they seem to grow.  Again many people grow these berries.  The cultivated red raspberries are the most tender.  I am not a fan of black raspberries but they are delicious in jam.  
blackberries
 
Further north the bears and other small animals depend on the wild berries for sustenance.  Yesterday I saw a mother turkey with 6 chicks feasting in Elli"s patch.  
 
Apples are the 4th prolific fruit.  There's much to say about apples so I'll save that topic for another day.
 
Nonnie B.
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18 July

Maine Living Blog Series Number 6: Water, water, everywhere

Maine Life

Water, water, everywhere 

Some of our family enjoys walking on the ocean beaches year round.  There's nothing to compare with a very brisk walk cloaked in hats, coats, mittens, scarves, boots, and woolly socks.  I find that after spending days inside with the wood stove cranked up walking on the windy beach clears the cobwebs from the brain and puts a pep in my step.  I consider this to be the non-skier equivalent of cross country skiing.  There's interesting detrius from winter storms to observe while walking on the shoreline.  Some times there are many sea clam or scallop shells to gather.  A thermos of tea or coffee enjoyed in the lee of a dune is very pleasant.  The people I do see are usually being walked by dogs.  Ocean air refreshes the spirit.

 
Of course the children  and the less hardy prefer the beach during the summer months.  As a family we don't expect to swim on most of our trips, although we do wear our bathing suits.  The ocean temperature is in the mid-60's, but there are tide pools and long finger of ocean water coming in or going out.  Splashing in the waves is refreshing.  At both Popham State Park and Reid State Park the beach is the most fun at low or half tide.  At Popham its fun to walk out to the big rock island that can only be reached at low tide to climb on the paths and enjoy the views.  Reed, on the other hand, has a tidal stream that crosses the marsh and  rushes into the stream bed to the ocean.  At low tide the stream bed is fun to wade in,to float boats, and  to sit in.  For small children this area is perfect.  There is also a large pool of water that isn't deep where children congregate.  At both beaches the main beaches are long and wide.  Like so many aspects of Maine the water temperature, air temperature, and wind can change quickly changing from a glorious sunny day to a cool, foggy one. Packing a sweatshirt is always wise, regardless of what the weatherman promises.  Down the peninsulas there is frequently a 10 degree difference that is helpful to remember.  
 
At Pemaquid there is a town beach that is very pretty.  The beach is crescent-shaped with white, white sand.  Off beyond the swimming limits there are working lobster boats with sail boats gliding by.  This is a good beach for swimming, due to the way the beach is formed, the water flows in over the warmed flats as the tide turns.  Head Tide dam in Alna is a great spot for a refreshing dip into the deep pools beneath the dam.  There is no beach, this is strictly swimming off the flat rocks.  At high tide the swimming is best for those who are adventurous.  
Walks on the beach in Maine
 
These are the places that we like to go.  As with any large body of water its important to be aware of the conditions-like far off thunder or undertows.  At the state park beaches there are life guards and sign boards.  The tide change can cause situations like stranding a person out on rocks that eventually will be underwater.  Enjoy the beach!
 
Nonnie B.

 

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29 June

What width should I make my wedding ring?

What width should I make my ring?
Many customers ask us what width ring they should purchase. The wider the band, the more finger print it will show. 
 
Since you will probably want to wear your ring every day, it’s important to have a ring that is comfortable to wear. We recommend going to a local jeweler to get professionally sized. We find that online tools are not accurate. Once you know what size ring you need, try on different width bands to see what feels right. Wider bands will require a larger size to fit over the knuckle.
 
Everyone’s hands are slightly different. If you have short fingers, it is best to go with a narrow band. The longer your fingers, the wider you can go. We prefer to craft rings that are at least 2.5mm or wider, so that the ring is stable. A narrower ring will not show the whorl of the finger which is what makes your finger print unique.
 What width should I make my ring?
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24 June

Looking down at his little hand print will forever be a beautiful keepsake for me

Customer stories
I just wanted to reach out and say THANK YOU for the beautiful ring you created out of my son's hand print. My husband gave it to me as a birthday gift and I absolutely love it! I get so many compliments on it and I wear it every day.I have a few pieces by your company and I love and adore every single one. This ring though is by far my favorite. 
 
My son just turned 1 in May and I cannot believe how fast the time flew by. Looking down at his little hand print will forever be a beautiful keepsake for me. Even though he will grow up so fast, I'll be able to keep this ring to remind me how little he once was.
 
Thank you so much for creating a company that makes such special and unique pieces for people to cherish!
 
I will continue to be a Brent & Jess customer and spread the word about your amazing pieces!
 
I have attached a photo of the ring with my little boy's hand next to it. It's amazing! Thank you!!
 
Danielle
Cute baby hand with the ring dad made for mom
 
Baby handprint ring with diamond
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22 June

Why rings may look alike, but be totally different.

Handmade vs machine made
Why rings may look alike, but be totally different.
 
Two rings can look the same, but are they the same? If the price is dramatically different, then most likely the rings are different. 
 
Machine manufactured rings are very different from hand crafted rings. They look different and can feel different. Machine made rings are typically lighter weight than hand-crafted rings. Each ring is made exactly the same, possibly 100’s at a time. Because machine manufactured rings are lower in cost to make, they can be more ornate and still be at affordable prices.
 
With hand crafting, no two rings will be identical. The finish and detailing on the rings will reflect that they are handmade. They will have very slight irregularities and variations that add to the beauty of the ring. Crafting each ring one-at-a-time involves many hours of labor, but ensures that love and care is going into your treasure. They are many different processes involved in handcrafting a ring: model making, casting, detailing the metalwork and adding the finish. Each detail that is added to the ring requires additional time and labor and adds to the final cost.
 
Whether you purchase a hand crafted ring or a machine manufactured ring is personal preference. However, you can expect your hand crafted ring to cost substantially more. 
 
At brent&jess, we keep our prices as low as possible. Your quotes are based on the lowest market price at the time of purchase. If you are working on a budget, we are happy to work with you to find the perfect ring.
 
-brent&jess
Handmade vs commercial fingerprint ring
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20 June

Looking for a modern style wedding ring?

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Looking for a modern style wedding ring?

Brent&Jess have several unique styles to offer. The band designs are simple, classic flat bands with straight edges for a clean urban look.
 
They can have one darkened or natural hand carved line on the exterior for the asymmetrical, adventurous, and daring soul or two balanced lines for those who like beautiful harmonious proportions.
 
Offset Modern Line wedding ring
 
Modern Lines Fingerprint Wedding Ring in Sterling Silver - 8mm
 
Top off the beautiful designs with a small single flush set diamond to add a touch of sparkle.
 14k Yellow Gold Modern Lines Fingerprint Wedding Band with Diamond
 
The modern line band secretly holds your finger tip or finger wrap hidden in the interior. Each ring is exquisitely handcrafted one at a time by master goldsmiths.
 
We make truly amazing, unique rings at brent&jess—impressions that last a lifetime!
 
-brent&Jess
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13 June

Maine Living Blog Series Number 5: Topsham Parks

Topsham Maine, Spring in Maine

Maine Living Blog Series Number 5: Topsham Parks

The town of Topsham has many parks that are nicely maintained.  I spend a fair amount of time at the park at Foreside.  Amelia enjoys stopping there after a trip to the library, to play on the slides and swings.  What she really likes is the carefree meeting of other children as they play on the equipment.  In the afternoon once school is done there are Carl Ripken baseball practices and games.  Further down the field there are young children learning to play soccer decked out in shin guards and soccer shirts. The slope to the back leads to walking paths where Amelia and I have met many nice dogs with their owners. In winter the slope is a fun sledding spot. 

 
 Across the street and down through the woods at Riverside there are children playing T-ball;  older children play baseball at the opposite end of that field. We all enjoyed those Saturday mornings when Elliot and Scarlett in big colorful shirts played T-ball.  Scarlett had a pink catcher's mitt and helmet.We'd sit on the bleachers keeping the juice boxes and granola bars at the ready. The playing fields always were mowed and lined. The T-ball games were fun-boys and girls up to the t-ball bat, every team member had a chance to be up.
 
Beyond the middle school there is another ball field that is adjacent to what the children call the rainbow playground. Here the slides, swings, and other equipment are designed for younger children.  During any of Elliot's Carl Ripken games Amelia and Scarlet like to play at the rainbow.  The ball games are very family sociable with parents, grandparents,and siblings standing by.
 
At Woodside as well as at Williams-Cone the playgrounds are safely away from all cars.  Williams-Cone has lovely old, tall pines interspersed with climbing and swinging equipment. Woodside has a big, fenced playing field along with playground equipment suitable for all school children.  There is a painted map of
the United States with the states marked out where we have all enjoyed playing simple games that entail jumping state to state.
 
The parks give Topsham residents places to come together with their children building a sense of community swinging, sliding, batting, climbing, talking, and laughing.  
Topsham Maine Baseball
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8 June

You Really Like us! Wedding Wire Awards

Wedding wire awards
 
Brent&Jess Reviews
 
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8 June

Engagement rings that are awesome!

Engagement rings that dont suck, engagement rings, wedding rings

Engagement rings that don't suck!

Searching for a truly unique engagement ring? Tired of finding the same plain bands or designs that just come from a catalogue that every other person has?

This is just what you were looking for. It is many things: unique, sentimental, custom, heirloom quality crafted, Engagement rings from Brent&Jess that do not suckand you are completely involved in the making process.
many of our designs can be created in a ring that is under $1000.00
Email us Info@brentjess.com and let us help create an engagement ring for you that does not suck!

Are you alternative in thinking?

Here are some of our unique and beautiful designs

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6 June

Maine Living Blog Series Number 4: Blueberry Barrens

Maine Living Blog Series Number 4, Blueberry Barrens

Maine Living Blog Series Number 4:  Blueberry Barrens

Driving by the blueberry barrens on my road there are areas that look like vast burnt out fields.  With all the lush greenery surrounding these areas it does look strange.  Blueberry barrens are burnt off every other year to promote strong growth as well as to kill off the insects that flourish in the ground.  There is a careful, controlled burn of each area.  Stonewalls are often the boundaries between barrens.  These burn offs are in the evening creating a magical kind of image with smoke, low orange fire, and groups of workers with rakes.

 
Blueberries are prolific in Maine.  The berries are smaller than the bigger high bush berries south of here. The berries seem to flourish in the  rocky, uneven ground on hillsides.  Blueberry picking up on Center Hill in Weld is so pleasant with Webb Lake far below with the loose ring of mountains circling. While many barrens are owned by large companies there are many more spots where anyone can pick. I have an old blueberry rake but prefer to handpick into an old lard bucket. The picking is a slow pleasure on a warm summer day.
 Maine Living Blog Series Number 4
The berries ripen by the middle to the end of July. A sign that the blueberries are ready is the vendors along Rte 1 selling berries under umbrellas.  Many places have blueberry festivals or feature blueberry pies at county fairs. At the Union Fair blueberry pie slices are sold along with other fair food.  Blueberries are not showy but they have a certain charm.  I once made boutonnieres for a porch wedding out of blueberry twigs with a stem of fir and a scant twine tie while the bride carried a bouquet of wild field flowers. There was a simple blueberry cake for the bride cake.
 
I'm going to go check my secret spot to see if the bushes are in flower yet!
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2 June

Will my fingerprint wear off my fingerprint ring?

Will my fingerprint wear off my fingerprint ring?, information

Will my fingerprint wear off my fingerprint ring?  Not if you treat them right! Not if they are on the inside!

Will my fingerprint wear off my fingerprint ring?We get asked this question frequently. If you have concerns about the fingerprint wearing off of your ring, we recommend crafting the prints on the interior of the band. On the inside they are well protected from everyday wear and tear. Think about engraving on wedding rings you have seen,  the interior engraving holds up well!
 
If your prints are on the exterior of your rings, we suggest taking them off before doing any activity where you apply force by squeezing, as in opening a jar or with a tool such as a hammer or wrench. You should also take your ring off before lifting weights or other heavy items like furniture.
 
Have you ever looked at your grandparents rings? The edges have probably gotten smooth, the scroll work is not as prominent and some of the engravings may be worn down. The same will happen to your fingerprint rings. Over time, they will represent a roadmap of your life and special memories.
 
Our engravings are deep, but some fingerprints are much more delicate than others. We do not alter your fingerprints, so that they are true representation of you or your loved ones. 
 
We make truly amazing, unique rings at brent&jess—impressions that last a lifetime!
Will the fingerprint wear off my ring?
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1 June

Facebook Giveaway!

Giveaway!

Go on over to check us out on Facebook for our most recent giveaway!
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30 May

Maine Living Blog Series Number 3: Black Flies

Black Flies, Maine Living Blog Series Number 3: Black Flies, Punch bowl

Maine Living Blog Series Number 3: Black Flies

Black flies are the precursor to many of the birds, flowerings, and plants that only happen in May.  Once I feel a swarm of black flies walking on my face I know its time to keep an eye out for those favorites.  Sure enough, on Wednesday I had my dose of black flies.  Since then I've seen a Baltimore oriole, three rose-breasted grosbeaks and an indigo bunting at the feeders.  All three are vividly colored;  the oriole being bright orange with black wings while the indigo bunting is an interesting bright blue, and the grosbeaks are black with white streaks and a red bib on the white underside.  My usual assortment of backyard birds is particularly busy, many who are enjoying the suet typically don't indulge.  The blue jays, cowbirds, and grackles take big chunks decimating the suet into crumbs that fall to the ground for the little birds.

Black flies 
Back in the potting shed I did unearth the box of clear punch cups.  Hardly anyone uses punch bowls any more.  The bowls break leaving punch cups to fend for themselves. I have seen Jessica's milk glass punch bowl out in the garage on a shelf.  I have a large array of clear cups that I've picked up at yard sales and some that friends have given me. By putting a long lasting tea light into the cup there  is
 a pretty glow that lights the table nicely when you use 6 to 10 of them.  I went to a winter wedding where the cups placed around the base of the cake until it was served.  Scarlett and Amelia like to use the cups at the little sand table in the shed to make "cupcakes" of sand using  marbles and sea glass to decorate the tops.  On another day they help me wash the cups and dry them so they sparkle. We use them at birthday parties too.
 
The leaves  are opening more and more each day.  We have gone past the time where it seemed possible to get ahead of the weeds to control the perennial  beds. The greening of grass, leaves, bushes, trees, and lawns is in full flow. I guess its time for me to put on the bug dope, my slouchy hat and get my section of lawn mowed.
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21 May

Maine Living Blog Series Number 2: Ideas From The Potting Shed

Potting Shed

Maine Living Blog Series Number 2: Ideas From The Potting Shed 
This year has been one of a long, slow spring.  The usual natural sequences like the grass turning green, the black flies returning, and mud season have happened, but there have been many dreary days that have kept me inside.  Living in an old Cape with an attic, a potting shed, two cellars (one wet,one dry), and an ell for firewood and tools gives me lots of space to squirrel away odd collections of all sorts of items.  A dark spring forces me to do the terrible kind of spring cleaning that only gets done maybe every ten years or so.  This has been my year to hoe out all my caches.

A potting shed in Maine 

As I work in the potting shed a hard decision is what vases to let go of.  There are around 50 vases that I've collected from Goodwill over the years.  When I have done the flowers for friend's weddings and the annual party down at Robinhood  I've put these vases to good use. Now I don't do big parties so I go let go of at least half of my holdings. I do not need so many.  In an old wooden crate there are 100-ish sea clam shells.  I had an idea to use these shells at a bridal party as a favor, filling them with the Haven's chocolate candy that is shaped like shells.  I'd use sea green ribbon to tie the clear bags of candy onto the shell.  Time to release the clam shells to my garden.
 Seashell garden
There was a time that Paul and I found old, rusted sap buckets at Elmer's Barn on Rte 17.  I had a wedding to do that called for big sunflowers.  The rusted sap buckets gave that farm/nature feel that big sunflowers call for.  Time to move the buckets on, so I brought them up to my spot at the Fairfield Antique Mall.
 
While the potting shed is not really up to spring clean standards I have almost a full shelf and I have to let go of the shells.  Maybe tomorrow I'll attack the second 1/2 of the shed if it continues to rain.
N.Bonnie
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20 May

How do I buy fingerprint jewelry with Brent&Jess?

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How do I buy fingerprint jewelry with Brent&Jess?

At brent&jess, we  make  purchasing fingerprint jewelry simple and easy. We guide you through the steps 1-2-3. We are always available to help you.

 
1.The first step is placing your order. You will consult with one of our experienced customer service representatives to modify and price your unique piece of wearable art. Lynn or Jenn will need to know your ring size (for rings only), the metal that you prefer and your favorite design. Once you confirm your details, Lynn or Jenn will make you a custom listing for your purchase. If you are ordering sterling silver, you may purchase directly off the website.
 
2. When we receive your payment, we send you a kit(s) to make your fingerprints and/or handwriting. If you are purchasing keepsake item(s), you will send us the prints that you have made or obtained from the funeral home.
 
3. As soon as we receive your prints, we will begin crafting your ring. The process will take 6-8 weeks for domestic orders and 8-10 weeks for international orders. When the jewelry is complete, we will mail it to your final destination.
 
We appreciate your business!
brent&jess
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20 May

Window into Maine / Dandelions

Maine, spring, dandelions

Jess and I took a morning break with our mini schnauzers to enjoy the beautiful spring weather that has finally arrived in Maine! To feel the warmth of the sunshine made my body melt with joy and happiness. 

Things we see on our springtime walk 
It was a short walk; but if appreciate the moment, there is so much to see. The green hills were dotted with perky yellow dandelions. We could hear the tractors in the background working the land. Birds were singing and insects were buzzing. The ponds were serene and every now and then a fish would jump and catch the dogs attention. 
 
It was wonderful to be in the moment and appreciate nature around us.
 
 Spring in Topsham Maine
 
 
Did you know that dandelions are much more than just a weed?
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18 May

The best 10 reasons to buy fingerprint jewelry from brent&jess!

Why buy from Brent&Jess

1. We are expert crafters of fingerprint rings!

2. We have over 60 years of experience in the jewelry industry.

3. We have been crafting fingerprints for over 10 years in the USA.
 
4. We are the only company to have a patent for crafting fingerprints.
 
5. We are certified by GIA, DCA and CSA.
 
6. We guarantee all of our products against defects in material and workmanship.
 
7. We promote and maintain environmentally responsible practices.
 
8. We comply with applicable regulations and standards for the jewelry industry.
 
9. We comply with the Kimberley Process.
 
10.We love our jobs and we truly care about our customers.
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17 May

Maine Living Blog Series Number 1: Blinn Hill in Spring

Maine Life, At Home with Brent&Jess, Fingerprint rings in Maine, Spring

Maine Living Blog Series

Number 1: Blinn Hill in Spring

Blinn Hill in spring

Driving over Blinn Hill  on an average day, the long gradual drop of the blueberry barrens with the panoramic view of the distant mountains is something to see.  But, make it a crystal clear day-then Mt Blue rises on the right, the Ossippees spread along the middle and to the far left are the dazzling snow fields of Mt Washington  which look like a mirage off in the distance.  To the bare eye across the distance to New Hampshire the mountain seems magical.  Consequently I drive very slowly as I approach the top of the hill each day wondering what the vista will be.  When the magic mountain appears I want to gaze that way for awhile but the sight is an instant visual gratification so onward to Topsham.

 
During the early weeks of May Maine has a short season with spring unfolding that is unique.  The forest seems more open since the deciduous trees have not leafed out yet.  The quiet, smaller trees like the shad roe and small willow blossom.  I like how the woods seem airy.  The mayflowers peak up through the dry leaves with trillium, jack-in-the-pulpits, and violets coming out. When we walk out to the twin ponds I'm tempted to pick the violets but the short stems don't make for a pleasing bouquet .Also the blackflies catch up to us on our walk if we slow down.
Maine Spring flowers
 
Amelia finds the dandelions very beautiful, she picks several every day at the play ground as well as from the front lawn..  My lawn has a huge patch of purple and white violets that I can not bear to mow until they die off. The lilacs have leaves with the flower heads still evolving.  And, like in all Maine seasons,on our walk we are hot on the way to the pond but on the way home we're chilled with the wind picking up and big clouds. 
Amelia Loves Dandelions in Maine spring
 
Driving back over Blinn Hill at the end of the day the air now has a haze so Mt. Washington is gone while Mt Blue and the Ossippees are just a quiet back drop. 
Bonnie
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16 May

Stella, the shop dog

Life at Brent&Jess
Stella, the shop dog
 
The value of a “shop” dog is immeasurable. Stella, a 2 yr old mini schnauzer keeps us company for a good part of the day.  She is very shy and demure, unless you interfere with one of her siblings. Then watch out! Even though she is half the size of Buddy, she thinks it’s her job to protect him from everyone good or bad. Lynn's furry friend Lucy also likes to come play with Stella.
 
 
Brent and Jess have many pets, but they have all been banned from the shop due to their dispositions. Buddy is another schnauzer, Astro is a Westie, and Toby and Luke are two kitties. They get to come visit on rare occasions and we can usually tell when they have been here. They leave us a little present or spread the trash everywhere!
 
Brent&Jess shop animals
 
It’s sometimes difficult to tell if Stella is awake or asleep due to her soft furry coat. She's like a dog stole you could wear around your neck. However, Jess is the only one that Stella wil allow to touch her. But whenever Stella wants a treat, she comes over to ME and taps me on the leg. I think she’s just making sure that I’m not sleeping on the job. 
 
Even though Stella mostly loves Jess, she inspires all of us to be happy, eat well and get lot of sleep. When we follow her advice, we craft you beautiful jewelry!
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13 May

Price Vs Quality buying fingerprint jewelry

Technical information, fingerprint rings
Price Vs Quality buying fingerprint jewelry
Price Vs Quality
 
It’s true…we are not the lowest price in the marketplace for fingerprint jewelry. However, we are by far and away the best quality!
 
Why is quality so important? You are about to invest in one of the most important aspects of your wedding. The dresses, the cake, the music are all for one special day. But your rings…you will have them throughout your marriage. If you purchase a metal of heirloom quality, you will have your rings to pass down to the next generation. You will admire your rings every day.
 
How are some manufacturers able to make their rings so much cheaper? They use cheap labor from Mexico and China and use machines to make the rings. We craft our rings in the USA by hand one at a time using sustainable practices and acceptable regulations and standards for the industry.
 
Every manufactured ring is exactly the same! The rings are made much thinner than a hand crafted ring. Our rings are 1.7mm-2mm depending on the design. Manufactured rings can be 1.2 mm or less. The manufactured rings are not personalized or custom. You buy what is available. The rings come in standard sizes and widths. Our rings can be crafted in any size or width that you want.  We also offer exclusive designs to Brent&Jess!
Most manufacturers will put rhodium plating on their white gold rings. The fingerprint is burned into the plating. When the plating starts to come off, the print also comes off. We use different processes to create a deep and lasting print.
The old adage, “you get what you pay for” certainly applies with wedding and engagement rings.
 
We make truly amazing, unique rings at brent&jess—impressions that last a lifetime!
Their fingerprint ring vs ours
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11 May

What is Palladium?

Palladium, technical information
What is Palladium?
 
Palladium is a metal that comes from the same group of metals as platinum. It is 95% pure and durable. It has a greyish-white color, rather than the bright white color of platinum. Palladium is also hypoallergenic. Right now, to craft a palladium ring is only slighter higher than crafting a 14k white gold ring. It’s a better investment than gold, because it is more valuable and more durable! It can be re-sized.
Collage of palladium handcrafted rings by Brent&Jess
Narrow palladium fingerprint wedding band
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9 May

A secret message of "I LOVE YOU" woven into the fingerprint.

Secret message

 A secret message of "I LOVE YOU" woven into the fingerprint.

 We can add a secret message to most of our tip fingerprint rings or necklaces.  It adds a special secret to your unique one of a kind piece. 
Custom 14k flat band with secret message
It is almost visible with the naked eye.  Seen best with a magnifying glass or lens.

10k secret message fingerprint ring
I love you works best but we have been known to add other short phrases.

Secret message in fingerprint wedding ring
It is one of our favorite personal touches!!
Secret message ring by Brent&Jess
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