Brent & Jess: Handcrafted Fingerprint and Signature Wedding Rings


Wedding rings just got personal

by Maddie Eisenhart, Managing Editor

Brent & Jess: Handcrafted Fingerprint and Signature Wedding Rings | A Practical Wedding

one Narrow 14K Rose Gold Hammered Style Band (prices vary) two I love you…I love you too Set of Two Narrow Rings ($59o) three 14k Yellow Gold Fingerprint Wrap Bands (prices vary) four Organic Edge Exterior Fingerprint Ring Set in Sterling Silver ($450) Five Traditional Half Round Fingerprint Band in Sterling Silver ($195) six Equal Partners Flat Top Band in sterling silver ($275) seven 14K Rose Gold Chevron Fingerprint Wedding Ring (prices vary)

When it came time to buy myself a present last year, something to mark an important emotional journey, there was only one sponsor I had in mind: Brent & Jess.  Longtime supporters of APW, Brent & Jess run a unique business in the wedding industry, creating affordable handcrafted fingerprint and signature jewelry. Rad, right? With just the right touch of sentimentality for good measure.

When I approached Brent & Jess to have one of their custom rings made (a memorial signature ring for my sister), I already knew about their incredible customer service. APWers have been singing Brent & Jess’ praise since we first introduced them three years ago, and their testimonials page is filled (I mean, filled) with raves from happy clients boasting above and beyond customer service, rapid turnaround times, and a willingness to accommodate just about any request that gets thrown their way. Testimonials like the following are simply the norm for these guys:

This company is AMAZING. Not only do the owners communicate with you directly, but they are incredibly talented and friendly individuals. Our dogs actually ate our first kit that they sent us for our fingerprint rings, so they immediately shipped us another one, gave us free expediting (since I sent them a “dog shaming” photo of our pups with the remaining evidence) and provided us with beautifully unique wedding bands that made everything personal. Brent & Jess is an amazing company to work with and they treat you like family! LOVE them and will definitely be purchasing more jewelry from them in the future!

So when I placed my own order, I was not surprised when they went above and beyond the call of duty to fulfill my request (as in, visiting my hometown to get the original source material for the ring, since they live close to where I grew up). What did surprise me was exactly what the customer above mentioned: Brent & Jess treat you like family (you should buy a ring just because getting emails from Jess will make your day). Which, when you’re ordering something as important as your wedding rings, it’s reassuring to know that the person on the other end of the transaction genuinely cares about you, your partner, and the piece of art they’re creating to commemorate your commitment to each other. In short, Brent & Jess get it.

In addition to being gorgeous handcrafted works of art (utilizing the lost art of wax molds to create rings from your exact fingerprint), Brent & Jess’ jewelry is believe it or not, also really affordable. Right now a ton of their silver jewelry is on sale for under $200 (like just about any of these narrow band designs, which I love) and even the fancy pieces still come in under what you’ll find at most big box jewelry stores.

But honestly? I’m in it for the emotions. As an emotional creature who is simultaneously embarrassed about what a sap I really am, Brent & Jess‘ fingerprint and signature rings offer an understated sentimentality that I can fully get behind. Not to mention how rare it is to find a meaningful gift that isn’t…er…fugly. With your partner’s fingerprint on the inside (or outside) of your wedding rings, you can carry your beloved with you everywhere you go, in a lovely piece of jewelry, and it can be your little secret.

Working with Brent & Jess was easily one of the highlights of my year last year (I’d like to pretend I’m exaggerating, but I’m not. That’s how good they are.) So if you’ve just started planning, or if “buy wedding bands” is still on your to-do list, do yourself a favor and head over to Brent & Jess‘ site and browse the (surprisingly diverse) collection. I’ve come to love the part of the day where I’m sitting pensively at my desk, and find myself thumbing at my ring, remembering why it’s there and what it means to me. Go get some of that for yourself.

Maddie Eisenhart

Maddie is the Managing Editor of A Practical Wedding. She’s been writing stories about boys and crushes since she was old enough to form shapes into words, but received her formal training (and a BS) in the art of talking from NYU in 2008. In her spare time, she takes pictures of people in love. Maddie lives on a pony farm in the Bay Area with her husband Michael, her Mastiff named Juno, and her roommate named Joe.

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  • Emily

    We got our wedding rings from Brent & Jess and have only excellent things to say about them! They resized my husband’s ring for free when he was off by a few sizes, and the rings themselves are beautiful and really meaningful (while looking like simple bands from the outside, which suits our personalities).

  • Grace

    LOVE the fingerprint idea. Perfect fit for a couple like us who aren’t always great at putting feelings into words. Also just checked and they ship abroad!! Already favourited the shop on etsy. I am excited about this because I JUST discovered etsy at the weekend. I know, I know, I’m behind the times. I’ll shut up now.

  • Rebekah

    I just sent in my fingerprint kit today. I’ve been looking forward to these rings since I stumbled across Brent and Jess a few years ago. They’ve been patient and helpful and I’m just elated!

  • Deving

    I don’t always feel comfortable wearing my diamond engagement ring (for activities like traveling, sporting events involving wild hand gestures, yoga, etc) so I asked for a stand in engagement band for our 9 year dating anniversary. I went with rose gold for my metal and my fiancé’s fingerprint on the inside. I couldn’t have been happier with the customer service or the product we received! They even give you multiple fingerprint strips so if you’re worried about messing up or not getting a good print, you have enough chances!

  • Alyssa M

    I REALLY love these rings. If the local jeweler hadn’t been such a great guy when I was shopping for his engagement ring, I absolutely would have gotten one of these… I still think he’s getting a pocket knife or cufflinks from them if I can afford it for his wedding present.

  • Ellen

    I know this is super late, but one of our area papers just featured Brent & Jess and I wanted to share it with all of you! http://bangordailynews.com/2014/02/14/business/topsham-husband-and-wife-team-patents-hugely-sentimental-fingerprint-jewelry/

    I really, REALLY wish I could get my fiance behind their stuff. Maybe I just need to convince him to buy me a special present!