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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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26 February

The Original Fingerprint Wedding Ring!

Giveaway!
 
 
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20 January

Facebook Giveaway!

Facebook Giveaway

Head on over our facebook page for a chance to win a fingerprint ring!

 
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12 January

Recent Fingerprint Wedding Rings

photos. customer rings

I love to show off the cool rings we make here at Brent&Jess.  I love how every ring has it's own personality even if it is a simple flat band.

14k fingerprint wedding rings

This set is made of 14k white and rose.  The Fingerprints are on the exterior, they also added handwriting for the engraving on the interior of the wedding rings! They came out awesome!

18k yellow gold engagement ring

Here we have a gorgeous 18k yellow gold engagement ring.  The subtle wrapped fingerprint is one of a kind.  I hope he made her a happy woman and she said "yes!" This will be a classic treasured ring for sure!

custom fingerprint stacking rings in 14k gold

These rings are handcrafted out of 14k gold.  They are a beautiful set, one of the two rings has a tiny baby footprint! 

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8 January

Making rings for Friends

Brent&Jess, testimonial

Thank you Jessica Williams, these are absolutely AMAZING! You could not find a more significant ring to me, than one that has Dave and I's fingerprints. On 1/22 we will celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary. This will be Dave's first time wearing a ring in a LONG time. The service, ease of process in getting the fingerprint, speed of service, the presentation when I opened the box to the most gorgeous, personalized set of rings, it was absolutely stellar!
I could not think of a better gift, words will never be able to say thank you enough, they are PERFECT! I am thankful for your friendship, talent and gift!!!!

Kendra's rings

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1 December

Samantha and Hunter

It was a beautiful day in Stowe - over 60 degrees on November 11th?!?!? Ha!!! We Eloped and surprised everyone - family and friends alike!!! Just got the photos from Heather last night and after seeing them and hearing the responses about our rings...we KNOW we couldn't have picked a better jeweler to create them for Us!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

Heather Glenn Photography : 
 
 
Flower Creations by From Maria's Garden : 
 

 

Hunter and Samantha Elope

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28 November

Congratulations Rachel&Austin!

Customer photos

Congratulations Rachel&Austin!

I love seeing photos of the gorgeous weddings our couples have. Natalie Franke captured stunning photos of the day!

 

 

 

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24 November

Facebook Giveaway!

Facebook giveaway
 We are having a giveaway on facebook! Head on over to see the latest giveaway!
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20 November

How To Choose an Engagement Ring

engagement ring, brent&jess

How To Choose an Engagement Ring,

 Brent&Jess engagement rings

  1. Determine your budget.   You don’t have to use the formulas given by big jewelers and wedding industry websites.  You need to choose an amount that really works for you.  The more money the ring cost doesn’t mean you love them more or less.  In fact if you over spend you might be setting yourself up for failure.
  2. Think about the style of the ring and the lifestyle you live.  Those diamond encrusted rings are pretty but are they everyday rings?  The halo ring is popular but they tend to be cocktail rings in construction.  We prefer to craft engagement rings that are durable and will be worn everyday.  The bezel set diamond is perfect for an active lifestyle. 
  3. Did you discuss with your special person what their expectations are?  Do they prefer handmade? Commercial rings? Alternative engagement rings?  Are they worried about getting a conflict free stone? 
  4. How big a diamond or stone would you like to get?  Do you care about the cut, clarity and color of the diamond?  Which of those elements of a diamond do you care most about?
  5. What material would you like to craft the engagement ring out of? Sterling silver? Gold? White gold? Palladium or Platinum?  This is often decided by budget. Do you want yellow or white metal?
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17 November

Brent&Jess Artisan Crafted Fingerprint Wedding Rings

Brent and Jess, notes from the shop

Brent&Jess Craftsmanship

Each ring here at Brent&jess is artisan handcrafted by us here in Topsham, Maine in the USA.  Each ring is meticulously handcrafted one at a time with your unique fingerprint.  No two rings are alike.  The Brent&Jess team is small and we trust them to create your one of a kind fingerprint ring.

 Examples of Brent&jess Craftsmanship

While some designers rely on making designs only in cad cam program.  Brent and Jess craft rings and bring jewelry to life with hands on designing.  Starting with a rough sketch we then create the master model.  Depending on the style we may start with wax or raw material.  Each item is a small sculpture.  Handcrafted with our intense attention to detail.

 

While we strive for perfection the nature of fingerprints leaves room for variation.  Some people have delicate prints that have fine lines that can be hard to see.  Examine your fingers to see what type of prints you have.

 

 

All Brent&jess jewelry is meticulously handcrafted here in the United states.

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14 November

Appreciate Each New Day

stories

I awoke this morning to a beautiful layer of fresh, white snow. What better way to get in the mood for the arrival of the holiday season. Then as I was driving to work, I had to slow down as the wild turkeys made their way across the street. I counted 12 and then looked across the street and there was one last bird intrepidly waiting for his turn to cross. So I stopped to let him make his way across the road. The changing of seasons is one of many reasons why living in Maine is truly a joy. The holiday season is not just about Black Friday, ads, and Christmas music and shopping; but also about appreciating each new day with all it has to offer. Take time to enjoy! 

Lynn

Winter Wonderland

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14 November

Past Facebook Winner

 
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11 November

Preparing For The next Wedding Season

Technical, about, Brent&jess

Here at Brent&Jess the Christmas season is our slow time.  We focus on weddings and during this time we start preparing for the next rush of weddings. 

Brent is busy at the bench creating new designs! This year we are putting focus on engagement rings and ring sets.  We want to be able to offer matched sets for those people who like to have specially paired sets.  

Brent at the bench

 

Our rings have always been popular as Men's wedding rings because they are classic and easy to wear.  With women's rings it is a little more difficult,  they want a ring that compliments their engagement ring.  We are working on more narrow ring choices this winter!

 

We are super excited to be able to offer more designs that have character and stones! We will be doing rings offering diamonds or alternative stones like sapphires, tourmaline and black diamonds.  We hope our designs speak to couples who are looking for original unique handcrafted designs that will also be classic and long lasting.

notes from the shop

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5 November

Facebook Giveaway!

Facebook giveaway
Did you notice something different around here at Brent&Jess?  We launched a new website! Thanks to the guys at Original Computing! We are giving away a ring celebrating the launch of the new site! Have fun and share!
 
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30 October

Brent&Jess Fingerprint Rings

Brent&Jess, about, technical details

Two things separate us from the rest--we are professional artisan jewelers, and our process is unlike our competition. We use your actual fingerprint texture in our handcrafted  wrapped fingerprint wedding bands. Our patent process makes an impression of your actual finger for the wrapped prints.  We have developed another method for the finger tip print rings that we apply the fingerprint more deeply for durability with a proprietary laser process.  Custom pieces from our memorial and keepsake lines are also made using that deeper engraving process. Often the customer's loved one has passed away or is very ill. For those pieces we use an ink or graphite print and an engraving process. Please contact us if you'd like to discuss the two processes and their resulting pieces.  

Our prints are not just burned on it is a deep impression in the ring.  They are handmade not commercial rings.

Collection of Brent and Jess fingerprint wedding rings 

 
 
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20 October

Brent&Jess Fingerprint Jewelry Facebook Giveaway!

Facebook giveaway, just for fun

Go check out our facebook page! We are giving away the double fingerprint heart!

 
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18 October

Would You Care For a Bite of our Vegemite Sandwich?

Vegemite, just for fun, the shop, Brent&Jess

Would You Care For a Bite of our Vegemite Sandwich?

Since we have so many customers from down under we decided we needed to try some vegemite.  

The Happy Little Vegemite Song

We are happy little Vegemites as bright as bright can be,

We all enjoy our Vegemite for breakfast, lunch and tea,

Our mummy says we're growing stronger every single week,

Because we love our Vegemite,

We all adore our Vegemite,

It puts a rose in every cheek!
(vegemite song was sourced at http://whatscookingamerica.net/History/VegemiteHistory.htm)

"He just smiled and gave me a Vegemite sandwich" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Down_Under_(song) by Men At Work

trying vegemite

 Thoughts from the shop
"Like you were eating just the seasonings pouch of oodles of noodles...."

"eeeewweeee!"

 

"I need water"

 

Adam was bravest with a full piece of toast... with a healthy amount on it!

 

"take a bullion cube, melt it a teaspoon of water and add on top of toast"

 

 

 

Vegemite (/ˈvɛdʒɨmaɪt/ VEJ-ə-myt) is a dark brown Australian food paste made from leftover brewers' yeast extract with various vegetable and spice additives developed by Cyril P. Callister in Melbourne, Victoria, in 1922.

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16 October

Will My Fingerprint on My Fingerprint Ring Last

Fingerprint wedding rings, fingerprint ring, wedding rings, texture on rings

First of all, any ring with a texture or design on the exterior will wear over time.  It depends on how hard you are on your hands and ring.  If you treat your ring correctly the print will last a long time.  If you want the fingerprint on your ring and you think you will not be able to take your ring off while doing manual labor, yard work, cleaning, or excersize you might want to consider the print on the inside of the ring where it will be protected.
grouping of fingerprint rings

Our rings feature a print that is deeply engraved on the ring.  It is not just burned onto the surface lightly.  It is a texture. Some of our competion offer a print that is a whisper of a print on the exterior. 


When thinking about buying our ring,  think about your lifestyle.  You may have a desk job so you think you would be gentle to your ring,  in truth you love to work out and lift weights.  When a precious metal hits steel it acts like a hammer and will planish  the surface of the ring.  In other words think about what you do while wearing the ring.  Maybe you take the stairs every day and you slide your hand on the steel railing.... same effect planishing!

Sterling silver is the softest but treated right it should last a long time.  All precious metal rings (Sterling Silver, Gold, Platinum and Palladium) will last your lifetime if treated correctly. 

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2 October

What is the Difference between Brushed and High Polished

brushed, shiny, information about wedding rings, information about finishes

What is the difference between brushed (matte) and high polish (shiny) finish.
The matte finish we use is a brushed finish.  We use a tool that leaves small lines creating a dull finish instead of shiny.  It is a beautiful finish.  Contrary to popular belief it does not necessarily hide scratches better.  I know right?! It sounds like it might.  The problem is most scratches come from something metal (like a door knob or a railing) the metal burnishes (otherwise known as polishing) that one spot and leaves a shiny spot on the ring.  After a few months of wearing the ring the finish evens out to a pleasant patina.  Those first scratches are the hardest!

Matte Comfort Fit Low dome fingerprint wedding ring 

A high polished finish is one where the metal is polished until it is reflective and shiny.  It is the finish you expect to see on classic wedding rings.  This finish does scratch too (all precious metals scratch and dent) but you are less apt to notice it because it is already polished.  Much like the matte finish thehigh polish finish gets a beautiful patina from wearing it every day.
Shiny Comfort Fit low dome fingerprint wedding ring

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29 September

About Fingerprint Ring Engraving

Fingerprint, Fingerprints

Are you considering a fingerprint wedding ring?

Your Fingerprint

We create a custom ring with your fingerprint! Once you order we'll send you our patented fingerprint impression kit. The kit will capture the ridges and valleys specific to your finger--the real texture, unlike an ink print. We'll cast your ring with the lost wax casting process, and the result will be your exact finger texture, not in reverse.

Our rings aren't just a fingerprint they are an impression of you!

 

Sterling silver orders can be purchased right out of the shop--simply add the item to your cart and check out!

If you have questions or would like an item in gold, palladium, or platinum, please contact us.

We answer emails Monday-Friday from 8:30am-5pm. 

After we consult with you and collect the details of what you'd like, we'll write up a custom listing for you to purchase. 

We'll send you our patent pending impression kit to complete after you order. Once we receive that back from you, you'll have your custom, handmade ring, pendant, or gift in 6-8 weeks!

 

It all can be done right from the comfort of your own home!

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16 September

Silver Information

Silver facts, information

Silver Information

There are several different types of silver used in jewelry making. We use .925 silver, which is 92.5% pure silver alloyed with other metals, mostly copper. The other metals provide strength and durability to the sterling piece. We feel that .925 silver is the best known and most durable metal for our silver pieces.

 Custom Sterling silver ring set with fingerprints

When exposed to atmospheric pollution, sterling silver tarnishes. If you live in a particularly polluted area with a lot of industry or the burning of fossil fuels, your silver will tarnish faster. In addition, the copper in sterling silver reacts with oxygen to cause tarnish. Your skin oils and your food intake can cause tarnishing, too. Most people will find that their sterling pieces are less likely to tarnish when worn every day because the friction of the jewelry against your skin essentially polishes it.

 Ring on a hand

Sometimes people’s fingers turn green when they wear silver jewelry. Contrary to myth, this happens with .925 sterling silver as well as “fake” silver. The copper in sterling silver can cause a reaction depending on your particular skin make-up, the foods you eat, and air quality where you live. This happens with 2-3% of the population, and the instances of it happening are rising due to the chemical composition of the foods available to us. If your finger turns green while wearing a sterling silver ring, there are several things you can do to keep it from happening again.

First, polish your piece with a soft cloth. If you clean the piece daily, the reaction may stop happening after a week or so.

Soak your ring in a 50/50 mixture of ammonia and water for a day or two.

Make sure your skin is dry when wearing your jewelry. Take your ring off before you wash your hands and dry your finger thoroughly before putting it back on.

If your finger still turns green, there are a few jeweler’s tricks we can employ to help keep it from happening. Please contact us.

We have been asked why we don’t use PMC (precious metal clay). PMC is a clay that, when fired, becomes 99.9% silver, and is referred to as Fine Silver. This silver is far too soft to be used for rings, in our opinion. We strive for accurate representation of the fingerprint, and PMC shrinks quite a bit when the impurities in the clay are fired out of the piece. As well, we can keep a set of fingerprint molds if our customers ask us to, and make more jewelry from the same molds if a piece of jewelry is lost or there is a new member in the family. This is not possible with PMC. 

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About Our Blog

A spotlight on our wonderful customers and their rings, various wedding topics and fun ideas, and our talented staff here at brent&jess. If you have content you would like us to consider please give us a quick email blog@brentjess.com. We'd love to see pictures of you wearing your ring!

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