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2 May

Christine and JT’s wedding

Customer stories
We love to share photos from customer’s weddings. Christine said, “It was just a perfect day!!!
And we have photos from her wonderful photographer, Aubrey Marie, to prove it
 
 
Attached is a link to my photographers blog and our favorite photos. Christine Crosley Phillips
 
Christine said, “JT's ring is amazing and so unique!  I love it.  Thanks for doing a rush job to get it done in time.”
 
If you have a story or photos to share, please send them along.
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27 April

Spring Ritual

Brent&Jess team
Spring has finally sprung in Maine, at least for this week! The temperatures are in the high 50’s and low 60’s. I know some of our warmer weather friends would think that’s really cold, but at least the snow is gone and flowers are beginning to bloom. There are small buds on the trees, crocuses appearing, and birds singing.
 
Every day at brent&jess we take a break from work and go for a 20minute walk to explore nature. Since our shop is near woods and small ponds, we can enjoy the smells and sights of spring. We hear the peepers in the ponds trying to out sing one another. 
 
Spring in Topsham Maine
A little further down in the next pond, we see rows of frog eyes staring us down as they guard their cloud of eggs. One slight move on our part and they take a flying leap back into the pond. 
 
In the center of the pond, we can see schools of minnows swimming around. Oh wait! I see a few goldfish in the mix. “How did they get there,” I wonder? The garter snakes should start slithering by soon, so we have to watch where we step.
 
Across the road, there is a woodpecker that has found a fallen tree and is turning it into sawdust. It’s wonderful to see all of the activity!
 
Be sure to go outdoors and take time to smell the flowers and get a breath of fresh air!
 
-your friend at brent&jess
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25 April

Romeo, oh Romeo

Customer story

Romeo, oh Romeo

Many of our customers are special and become like family to us. They have happy stories and sad stories to share. Crafting keepsake jewelry brings us close to them.
 
Sometimes a heartfelt story stands out and it’s nice to share the “good” in the world with others. We have a special customer, Becky, who has a heart made of gold. After crafting Becky a special pendant for her sister, she came back and asked us to make a unique pendant for a close friend. Her friend’s service dog of 10 years was dying from cancer. Although we no longer craft paw prints, we could not say, “No.”
 
Romeo, the beautiful golden retriever, has since passed away, but will never be forgotten. Becky wrote a beautiful poem that she gave to her friend with the heart pendant that had Romeo’s paw print in it.
 
 
 Dog paw pendant
 

ROMEO ROMEO 

 

I LOOKED UP HIS NAME AND THIS IS WHAT I FOUND,

ROMEO MEANS LOVER AND HE’S THE BEST ONE AROUND.

 

HIS OBEDIANCE AND SERVICE ARE ONE OF A KIND,

 SIT-STAY-AND GOOD BOY, AS HE ALWAYS MINDS. 

 

 MANY LIVES HE HAS TOUCHED, AS I’M SURE YOU KNOW,

HE’S A FAVORITE OF MINE, THAT I’LL NEVER LET GO.

 

THANK YOU FOR SHARING AS YOU’VE SURELY BEEN BLESSED,

WITH THE LOVE OF THIS DOG SO UNLIKE ALL THE REST.

 

NO, THAT PLAYDOH PAW PROJECT WASN’T JUST FOR FUN,

 IT WAS CREATING A MEMORY TO LAST FROM NOW ON.

 

SO ALWAYS KNOW THAT EVEN IF YOU’RE APART,

THAT RODY ALWAYS HAS HIS PAW ON YOUR HEART.


Becky Vinson

 Romeo
 
 
In Becky’s words, “This will be a gift of a lifetime for her.- He turns 11 in April and had been her service dog - with her every moment.- He is all she has - and is taking this very hard! I HOPE this will be greatest gift!”
 
We need more Becky’s in this world.
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20 April

Oops…no budget for wedding rings?

wedding planning
Oops…no budget for wedding rings?
After reading through numerous wedding blogs and sites regarding budgeting for the big day, I was surprised to find that not one of them mentioned WEDDING RINGS. Standard items on the budgeting list are: venue, officiant, food, music and entertainment, photography, flowers, décor, attire, and invitations. All of these items will be consumed, then gone… only lasting memories.
 
What about your wedding rings? Long  after the ceremony is over, the band has gone home, the cake has been eaten, the décor has been taken down, the wedding dress preserved, and the honeymoon is over…the last thing remaining are your wedding rings. They will be worn every day!
 
We think wedding rings deserve to be first on the list! To find the perfect rings take time and money. They are expressions of your love for one another. Wedding rings are symbols of eternity. They are typically crafted round to signify that there is no beginning and no end. Your rings will be the perfect sentimental heirloom to pass down to the next generation.
 
Leaving the search to the last minute can add a lot of unnecessary stress right before the wedding. We recommend beginning your search early. This way you can scratch one thing off your list and have plenty of time in case the rings need to be re-sized. 
 
Not adding the rings into the budget, can limit the choices. A platinum desire becomes a sterling silver reality. Similar to the other wedding expenses, compromises have to be made. Fortunately, wedding bands come in many different metals, sizes and shapes to fit all budgets. But it’s best to plan them in the budget, so that you can find rings that are uniquely yours.
 
Remember to make a budget for your rings. Your wedding rings will become one of the most lasting elements from your wedding day. We always recommend purchasing the best metal that your budget will allow, because your ring will be worn every day! We make truly amazing, unique rings at brent&jess—
planning a weddingAre you looking for a great book to help you plan? Check out http://apracticalwedding.com for the book you see in this photo!
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19 April

Are You Looking For a Rose Gold Wedding Band or Engagement Ring?

Rose gold, technical information

Are You Looking For a Rose Gold Wedding Band or Engagement Ring?

 The romantic beauty of rose gold has made it popular, but the way it sets off your skin tone is why people love it and buy it! 

 14k rose is made from a gold and copper alloy.  The warm toned Copper gives it that beautiful pink rose color. It has become a very popular choice among brides and grooms! It looks wonderful on many skin tones! Men like it because it has a less “gold” look and is more earthy because of the copper color.

http://www.brentjess.com/searchresults?tag=14k+rose&search=gp

It is still a unique choice that everyone does not have.

 Rose gold wedding ring options

Would you wear rose gold? 
We would! We think it is just gorgeous!

 
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31 March

L👀king for prints

Brent&Jess stories
 
Looking for prints
 
Two weeks ago, I went home to Texas to visit my 89 year old mother. My brother pleaded with me to go through her un-air-conditioned, cricket infested storage unit, so that we could empty it out and stop paying for it. The storage unit was full of treasures and memories. And, there were boxes, upon boxes, full of useless and unwanted junk (or someone else’s treasures):/
 
It was a dilemma to go through everything, because if I did find some treasure that I really wanted, I was going to have to figure out how to get it back to Maine. I was inclined to just through it all out. Then my brother pulled out an old Shirley Temple doll and one thing led to another. Memories started to flood my mind and the conversation turn to, “remember when…”
 
Working for Brent and Jess, one thing I really wanted to find was my deceased father’s finger print. At least a print would be easy to carry back home. But, it was like looking for a needle in a haystack. Unlike my mother, my father was extremely organized…a definite type A. So, I knew if I could just find his Army stuff, everything would be together in one place. 
 
After 3 hours of searching, I hit the jackpot! There was an old rusty cigar tin full of army memorabilia. I found a list of every pay check he received while serving, a picture of his army buddies standing in front of a pyramid in Egypt, his patches off his uniform, an unused bullet, some foreign change and his military card with his thumbprint! I was beaming with joy I found my treasure.
 
Now I can make both of my daughters’ keepsake pendants with their grandparents’ prints that they will be able to pass down to their children.
 
 Memorial fingerprint jewelry                                       
 
Brent&jess can craft tiny charms with prints on either side, a medium charm with the print on one side and my parents’ signatures on the back, or a large charm with both prints on the front and a special saying on the back. The options are limitless.
Lynn
Necklaces handcrafted by Brent&Jess
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24 March

Wedding Ring Care

Ring care, information
How to keep your rings healthy and happy!
You and me fingerprint wedding rings
 
1.Use a store bought jewelry cleaner for routine cleaning. Use sterling silver cleaner for silver rings and use regular jewelry cleaner for other metals. It will make them instagram ready with surfaces that shine and stones that sparkle! 
(share your rings with us on instagram we would love to see them!!)
 
2.Removing your ring when you apply hand lotion and body oils will keep that yucky dull residue from building up on the rings and under the stones! You can use a toothbrush and dawn dishwashing detergent to clean the residue out from under the stones or in the fingerprint.  Antibacterial gels can strip the darkening from our rings as well!! Surprised
 
 3.Keep your ring in a safe place when you are not wearing it. A small ring box or ring dish will work well near the sink where you wash your hands or do the dishes. If you always put the ring in the same spot you have less of a chance that you might lose it! There are so many cute choices!  Your handmade ring would love a handmade dish Laughing
 
 4.Do not wear your ring when cleaning toilets or using other household chemicals. It’s a good time to give your ring a rest! Chemicals can pit the metal.
 
5.Remove your rings when you are gardening or lifting weights at the gym or doing other strenuous work that may cause your ring to bend and dent.
 
6.Avoid wearing your ring in the ocean or in hot tubs. The cold water will make your finger shrink and your ring will slip off your finger.  The chemicals in hot tubs will dull and pit your ring as well as possibly discolor silver jewelry.

7.Your ring is one of your most valued possessions! A symbol of your love! Please check with your insurance company to make certain it is covered by your policy! 

Most of all LOVE your rings and wear them! Don't get too hung up on the scratches!
Do what you can to protect the ring, you will clean it, you will buff it with a polishing cloth, and every time you touch it you will smile because each scratch is a memory, touching the ring, touching the print will make you think of the person, your special someone, and the reason you wear the ring.   
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22 March

Customer Love!

Customer Love

People love to send us photos of their unique one of a kind beautiful fingerprint rings!
Here are a few we have recieved lately.  This is a great way to see what our rings actually look like on a person.  
Custom Fingerprint wedding rings from customers

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4 February

Identity Theft

Identity theft

People ask us every now and then if their identity can be stolen with a fingerprint on a ring or signature.

Short answer is no. Everywhere you go you leave fingerprints.How many times have you signed things in your life without thinking twice?

Fingerprint

Should you be cautious? Certainly.  Only you can decide what you feel comfortable with giving out for information.

Things to consider when shopping online: Does the website have a secure server? Does the company store credit card information?  We use a secure server and do NOT store your credit card information.


Never, never, never email credit card information, ever. 

Here is a helpful link about Identity theft.

https://www.usa.gov/identity-theft

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1 January

Happy New Year!

Happy new year, handmade rings, Brent&Jess

Happy New Year and a warm thank you from Brent&Jess!

Brent has been busy creating and crafting many new designs for 2016. 

Handcrafted new designs by Brent&Jess

Our weddings rings continue to be the heart of our business.

 Handmade rings by brent and jess

For those customers who bought wedding rings from us in our infant years, we expect that you, too, may now have infants of your own! We craft adorable footprints and handprints of children under 3 that are certain to bring a smile to your face. 

 Handcrafted personalized rings welcoming your baby

Perhaps this is your first anniversary, your fifth anniversary or your vow renewal…it’s always wonderful to celebrate with an anniversary band. We can mark that special day with diamonds or colored stones. 

Handcrafted fingerprint anniversary rings

And as our parents age and pass on, or we want to memorialize our friends and loved ones, we can remember them with lovely keepsakes that make lifetime impressions.

memorial handwriting and fingerprint gifts by Brent&Jess 

Here’s to a healthy, happy New Year!

 

 

 

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12 November

Thankful

Thankful, Brent&Jess

Being self- employed and the owner of a company, I have days of joy and days with challenges. I'm always juggling many balls and wearing many hats. The days that are the most rewarding are the days I come to work and receive an email from a happy customer. 

 
 

"Hi everyone at Brent & Jess!

I just wanted to reach out and say thank you for the amazing job you did on my ring! It's even more amazing than I could have imagined.

Words can't express how thankful I am to be able to carry around a part of my dad with me every day.

Thank you again for all of the hard work and thought you put in. You were just wonderful to work with.

Enjoy the rest of your week!"

https://www.brentjess.com/testimonials

Our customers remind me why I am so passionate about my business....why I care so intently about my customers...and why  it's important for me to craft a quality product that I believe in. Being able to offer a wedding band with a touch of love or a memorial print with sentimental impressions warms my heart and keeps me going.
 
Thank you to all our customers who take a moment out of your busy schedules to write us testimonials, send us emails or even snail mail with kinds words of thoughtfulness and appreciation for the work that we do. We enjoy learning more about you, sharing in your special moments, hearing your stories and receiving your prized photos.
 
We love you and appreciate your business!
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10 November

Recent Work November 2015

Recent work

We love all the rings we send out! Here is a mix of some the beautiful rings that have gone out recently. 

Recent work

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each ring is handcrafted with you're unique fingerprint! Handmade one at a time.

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3 November

Fall

Fingerprints, Fall

Fall leaves remind me of fingerprints. Each leaf is different, yet all are beautiful!

 
 Fall leaves and fingerprint ring
I like the different shapes and colors. Did you know that there are 9 different types of fingerprints? Within those categories each print is unique. 
Which print is similar to your print?
Classifying fingerprint
 
When we craft your prints at brent&jess, we do not alter your prints. It is very important to us that your print remains true to you. It tells the story of your life from beginning to end. Your fingerprints begin developing in the first 3 months of gestation and continue to grow as your hands and fingers grow. You may develop scars and wrinkles along the way....they are all part of your journey.
 
Happy Fall!
brent&jess
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28 September

Fingerprint Wedding Ideas

Fingerprint wedding ideas, wedding inspiration

So... you are buying fingerprint wedding rings and now you want to add fingerprint elements to your wedding!
I thought this was a cool idea for a Guestbook alternative.

FlutterbyePrints
https://www.etsy.com/listing/104354791/wedding-guest-book-your-fingerprints?ref=listing-shop-header-1

they also have this cool poster you could put in your livingroom!
https://www.etsy.com/listing/212680827/wedding-guest-book-fingerprint-poster?ref=shop_home_active_12

 

NoaOfirDesignHow about these fingerprinty invitations? Love them!
https://www.etsy.com/listing/213259577/wedding-invitation-set-fingerprints-gold?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=fingerprint&ref=sr_gallery_36
Loveyoumoreboutique

How sweet is this? You could use it on a table or chair, and then use it in your home after the wedding!
https://www.etsy.com/listing/224341294/2-year-anniversary-you-are-my-dream?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=fingerprint&ref=sr_gallery_35

 HelenaShanina

Maybe a mug for drinking?
https://www.etsy.com/listing/231129426/fingerprint-black-hand-painted-glass?ref=fp_item&aref=53599248584

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1 September

Wedding Planning Timeline

Wedding planning

Wedding planningWedding Planning Timeline:

You did it! You decided to get married! Congratulations!

I have been reading all sorts of wedding timelines and one thing concerns me about many of them.... when to buy the wedding rings.  Many don't list this as a priority at all.  Rings are the one thing from the wedding you will use every day of your life after the big day!  The cake will be eaten, music just an echo and the day a memory. Rings are a big part of the ceremony and you should have what you like.  If you are going to go custom you need to plan ahead.  Most custom jewelers have a certain timeframe to create your rings.  Our current turn around is about 6-8 weeks.  During the busy time (we are in it) it is really close to 9 weeks! If you are ordering online you should think about shipping time and what ifs.  If your ring doesn't fit is there time to size it? (yes our rings are sizeable and we are happy to do it!) What if they are lost in the mail!? Yes we will handle that too but it takes time!

The knot reccomends 4-6 weeks https://www.theknot.com/content/12-month-wedding-planning-countdown  

Real Simple says 4 months, The wedding cake is more important! http://www.realsimple.com/weddings/weddings-planning/wedding-planning-checklist
L
auren Conrad says 6 months http://laurenconrad.com/blog/2013/02/wedding-bells-the-wedding-planning-timeline/  I 

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26 August

Remembering a Loved One

memorial, keepsake
Are you sentimental? Are your grandparents or parents aging? Are your children leaving the nest? Are your babies no longer babies? Brent has created a beautiful line of keepsake jewelry to commemorate special moments in your loved ones’ lives. We can craft fingerprints, handprints and footprints!
 Mommy and Me personalized handprint necklace
 
 
We have an easy process to capture fingerprints using a graphite pencil that captures a wonderful quality print. You may take the prints now and craft whenever you are ready. For babies, we use an inkless kit to capture their handprints or footprints.
Here is our basic how to.  Our kits include everything you need with instructions with your order.

Materials:  Pencil,      Paper,        Transparent (scotch tape, can be magic or clear) Tape,       smooth white paper  (blank photo paper is best but copy paper will work.   

Procedure:

1. Gentley hold the pencil at an angle on a piece of paper and fill a small spot with graphite.

2.  Circle the tip of one finger over the graphite you filled in on the paper, five or so passes . Good technique includes the entire fingertip being sure to include your unique swirl.  Take a look at your finger before you start to see what your swirl looks like and where it is located. Keeping the paper at the edge of the table will make this easier. 

3. Pull 2 – 3 inches of tape, while only touching the ends and keeping the sticky side up.

4.  Place your graphite-covered finger onto the tape.

5.  Carefully place the tape with your fingerprint on a smooth sturdy piece of paper. 



10k white gold memorial fingerprint signet ring
 
In addition, we can use prints taken by funeral directors, hospice and hospital workers to make you an exquisite piece of jewelry that will capture the texture of your loved one. We use a hand laser to craft the prints. We do not alter the prints in anyway. So, what you see on the piece of jewelry is exactly the impression that you see on paper. It is the life of your loved one and their journey.
 
So, don’t wait until it’s too late! Start crafting your prints now.
Please contact us for more information at: info@brentjess.com
Love mom  handwriting necklace
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11 August

We Have A New Design!

New, Facebook giveaway

We have a new Design!
You will really love it! So elegant and pretty!

Narrow V Shaped Diamond Fingerprint Wedding Ring with Interior TIP Print in Sterling Silver Chevron Style

It's like your loved one just touched the end of their finger on the inside of your ring, leaving their mark. 

Accented with 9 tiny sparkly diamonds!

Beautiful v shaped fingerprint ring

 

 

 

GIVEAWAY!Please SHARE! #giveawayTo Enter- Like and comment on this postThe winner we will pick at random, will win A...

Posted by Brent&Jess on Tuesday, August 11, 2015

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27 July

U.S.A, U.S.A, U.S.A.

USA, Brent&jess, fingerprint rings, wedding
U.S.A, U.S.A, U.S.A.
Brent&jess jewelry is all handcrafted in the USA by US citizens. We have real people to answer your questions and give you advice. Our hours of availability are M-F, 9-4:30, EST. or 24/7 online. You can find us in Vacationland, the beautiful mid coast of Maine. However, we ship worldwide!
We are here for you! Our goal is to help you personalize a unique piece of hand crafted jewelry. We simplify the process of making a fingerprint by taking you through it step by step. Together, we can work with your budget to create you a sentimental masterpiece of your dreams. We are happy to keep you up-to-date on the status of your purchase at any time. And, we are here to serve you after you have received your beautiful work of art. We are committed to making sure that you love your purchase!
We make truly amazing, unique rings at brent&jess—impressions that last a lifetime!
Custom handcrafted fingerprints made in the USA by Brent&Jess
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24 July

Darkening vs Natural

Technical info, fingerprint wedding rings, rings
Darkening Vs Non-Darkening
 
We often get asked whether or not a fingerprint should be darkened. The short answer is: it is personal preference.
The advantage of using a darkening agent is that it helps to define the print. If you want to show your ring at an event or in a photo, the darkening agent will make the print stand out. It makes a nice contrast on most of the metals. It is most noticeable with sterling silver and platinum. Since palladium is a greyish metal, the darkening is not as noticeable.
The darkening agent that we use varies for each metal. The agent is not permanent and will wear over time. It can be re-applied either in our shop or by using a home remedy.
Chemical agents, anti-bacterial gels, and harsh soap products will remove the darkening agent immediately. Also, cleaning or brushing your ring vigorously will remove the darkening.
So, think about your lifestyle when determining whether or not to darken your print. Make the choice that is right for you!
Darkened vs natural finish on fingerprint wedding rings
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13 July

We love the love!

We love it when people share the beautiful photos that they have taken of our rings!
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29 June

#LOVEWINS CELEBRATING the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision for marriage equality in the United States!

LOVEWINS
 

GIVEAWAY CELEBRATING the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision for marriage equality in the United States!Open to ALL Types of...

Posted by Brent&Jess on Monday, June 29, 2015
#LOVEWINS
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24 June

Ask Jess

Ask Jess
 

Ask Jess!Do you have a question about our rings or process?Maybe you are just seeking advice :)Comment below your question and I would be happy to answer it for you!

Posted by Brent&Jess on Wednesday, June 24, 2015
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8 June

Can your Brent&Jess Ring be resized?

resize, technical information, ring size
Is your ring a perfect fit? 
We want you to love your ring and enjoy wearing it!
For this reason, at brent&jess we craft with metals that are malleable. All fine metals that we work with can be re-sized, even if they are crafted with a finger wrap. We always leave a small space on the interior of the ring that we can use to re-size your ring. If a ring needs a small adjustment, like a quarter to half size, we will stretch it or compress it. If the ring is off by more than a full size, we may need to cut the band and either add metal or eliminate metal.
You ring should be snug going over your knuckle and slightly loose on, when the weather is cool. This will ensure that there is enough room for your ring to fit comfortably if you fingers swell. Swelling can be caused by the weather, foods we eat, or medicine that we take. If you can shake your hand and your ring falls off, it is too loose. If your finger is puffy, the ring is leaving a line, or the ring feels uncomfortable, it is too tight!
We recommend going to a local jeweler to get re-measured. Please take your ring with you and have it sized as well. Jewelers tools are not standardized and by comparing the two measurements, we will know exactly how much to add or subtract from your ring.
It’s important that you have a perfect fit, so that you will not lose your ring. Please don’t hesitate to contact us, if you need your ring re-sized. We offer full repair service on all of our creations and we are happy to re-size your ring at any time. Please allow a week, plus shipping time for your re-size.
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2 June

Comfort Fit vs Non Comfort Fit Rings

Comfort Fit, Information
Many of our customers ask whether or not they should purchase a comfort fit ring. We offer two styles in a comfort fit band. 
We have a comfort fit flat band
Platinum comfort fit flat with secret message
Platinum comfort fit flat with a secret message in the fingerprint
 
and we offer a comfort fit low dome ring:
10k white comfort fit low dome
10k white comfort fit low dome wedding ring
 
What makes a band a “comfort fit?” The convex curve on the interior of the band makes the band a comfort fit band. Comfort fit rings were designed several years ago when the price of gold started soaring. Manufacturers started crafting their rings thinner and thinner to meet affordable price points. Finally, the rings got so thin that they were cutting into the finger. They realized if they rounded the edges, they would be more comfortable to wear.
All of the rings that we craft at brent&jess are comfortable to wear with or without the comfort fit interior. We roll the edges of our rings for softness. In addition, most of our rings are crafted between 1.5mm-2.0mm. The thickness eliminates sharp edges.
Our comfort fit bands are crafted with finger tips, not finger wraps. The patented process that we use to craft our traditional flat and low dome bands with finger wraps cannot be used on a curved surface.
The price is slightly higher on a comfort fit band rather than a traditional flat or low dome band, except when crafted in sterling silver.
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