*This is a paid post from an APW Sponsor*
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.