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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!!
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.
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!
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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!

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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?

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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

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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.
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20 May

How do I buy fingerprint jewelry with Brent&Jess?


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!
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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

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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. 
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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

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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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5 May

What is a comfort fit band?

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What is a comfort fit band?
A comfort fit band is a ring that has a slight convex curve on the interior of the band. It can make a band more comfortable to wear. A comfort fit band can cost slightly more in precious metals, because more metal is needed to craft the curve.
Why do we have comfort fit bands? A few years ago the price of gold started rising through the roof. As a result, manufacturers started crafting their rings thinner and thinner to meet a price point that was affordable for wedding rings. The bands became so thin that they would cut into the finger. The manufacturers realized that if they curved the inner edge of the band, it would be more comfortable to wear. Thus, the comfort fit band was born!
Comfort fit wedding rings
At brent&jess, we craft comfort fit flat bands and comfort fit low dome bands. We start with a 3mm width and can go up to 6mm. There is no need for a comfort fit on narrower rings. As the rings get wider the curve becomes flatter. So, if if you need a ring wider than 6mm we ease or curve the interior edges of the ring for you which have the same effect.
Comfort fit bands work especially well for men's ring, since their knuckles are often wider than their fingers. The comfort fit helps the ring to slide off and on the finger.
 diagram of rings
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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




















Becky Vinson

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.


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.
Necklaces handcrafted by Brent&Jess
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