Best place to buy fingerprint jewellery

How to choose the right fingerprint jewellery company

I guess if you are here it’s because you are looking for a piece of fingerprint jewellery and you want to know where is the best place to buy it.

Now whilst I would love to shout from the roof tops ‘PICK ME, PICK ME’ that wouldn’t be the right thing to do.  There are hundreds of fingerprint jewellery artists to choose from and we all have our own individual strengths so it’s important to choose someone who fits your needs.   For a lot of people I can fullfil those needs really well, but I am not the right artist for everybody.

Here are a few things to consider when choosing the keepsake artist that you want to work with.

  1. How much do you want to pay? I’d recommend you read my article about  differences in prices for fingerprint jewellery and decide what is important to you before you choose an artist.
  2. Choose someone who does this for a living, not a hobby.   There are loads (and I mean loads) of self taught hobby artists out there offering this sort of jewellery, but most of them unfortunately don’t have the necessary equipment or experience to create a professional quality piece that will last you a lifetime.  Also, if you have any problems with your jewellery at a later date you know that an established business is much more likely to still be around to help you.  I have been running Lasting Touch as a business since 2013 and I’m not going anywhere, I absolutely LOVE what I do.
  3. Choose an artist who is willing to answer your questions.  Whether you want to chat to them on the phone, by email or on social media, a good fingerprint jewellery artist will be happy to discuss your requirements and put your mind at rest if you have any worries.  Choose an artist who gets you, who understands what your needs are and who will work with you to meet your individual needs.
  4. Look for reviews.  Past customers experiences are one of the best ways to find out if a keepsake artist is likely to be the one from you.

Who I work well with…

  1. My ideal customers are working family people, just like me. I understand the needs and pressures of family and working life and I can work with you to try and be available at the times that suit you.  I understand that if you are taking prints from small children you need to catch them just at the right time so if you need extra time to return your prints all I ask is that you let me know.
  2. I’m a good listener and I love to hear the stories behind the pieces I am making.  It doesn’t matter whether its a simple or more complex piece of jewellery.  On the other hand, if you just want to place your order through the website and don’t feel the need to communicate with me personally, that’s fine too.
  3. I make lots of memorial pieces and I am very sensitive when it comes to accommodating the needs of bereaved families.  Whether you need advice about choosing the right jewellery, help collecting the prints or you just need more time in between communications that’s fine.  I am happy to work closely with funeral directors to arrange for fingerprints to be collected if you don’t feel able to do it yourself.
  4. I’m not a perfectionist, and neither are my ideal customers. My pieces are made to a really high standard, but they are handmade and that’s what my customers love about them.  They are perfect in their own way, but they aren’t factory perfect!
  5. Value seekers.  Its really important to me to be able to provide amazing value to my customers.  I am not the cheapest artist and nor would I wish to be.  The standard of product and service I provide is way above that of the cheapest artists.  I want to work with people who appreciate the value in what I do.  I’m really happy to discuss discounts on large orders or add extra value wherever I can but I won’t compromise on quality or service in order to lower the price.

Who I don’t work well with…

  1. Cheapskates.  Sorry I hate to say it but there’s the honest truth. I don’t work well with people who are only interested in getting their jewellery at the lowest possible price even if that means the artist working for below minimum wage!  I care about my customers and I want to work with people who care about me too. This is my living and I need to charge a fair price.
  2. Perfectionists.  My products are handmade, and as such will always have an organic feel to them.  That’s not to say that they aren’t very well made, but they do not and will not ever look or feel as if they have come off a factory production line.  If you are looking for a factory finish, you’ll need to find another artist or maybe consider ordering from my machine engraved range.

I really hope that this post has helped you consider what is important to you when choosing an artist to work with.  If you’d like to work with me then please do get n touch. You can see my work at www.lastingtouch.co.uk

Thanks for reading

Gem
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Guest Post by Judith at Boy and Bear

Hello, I’m Judith from Boy and Bear where, just like Gemma I’m a keepsake jeweller. She has asked me to talk a little bit about the breastfeeding pendants I make so here I am with a little bit of background for you on how they came to be.

I am a mum of 2 boys, aged 1 & 3 and have breastfed both of them. When I thought about being a mother I never thought about how I would feed my baby, I just assumed I would bottle feed and that would be that. I felt a bit squeamish about breastfeeding bizarrely –  I couldn’t tell you why. It wasn’t until I was around 34 weeks pregnant that I thought I’d give it a go. I attended a couple of classes at the local midwifery unit and put breastfeeding as my choice on my birth plan.

I went on to have a traumatic birth with my son which affected my mental health pretty severely and meant that I felt breastfeeding was the only thing I could do right so it became incredibly important to me. However, my son’s latch wasn’t great and caused some real pain for the first 10 weeks or so until we sussed things out which was very difficult for me but we persevered.

 

Unfortunately, for reasons we never really got to the bottom of, our son was diagnosed with failure to thrive and was admitted to hospital a couple of times within his first 6 months, a scary and unsettling period for first time parents.

After his initial admission I pumped for him, every 3 hours around the clock, to top up his feeds. Those few weeks were incredibly hard for me as I didn’t respond well to the pump and the lack of milk I was expressing was compounding my feelings of not being good enough. A month later he was admitted again and it was decided that we would top up with a high calorie formula and we combi-fed from then until he was 9 months old and had caught up.

I was diagnosed with PND and PTSD during this time too which led to me being unable to return to work so Boy & Bear was opened allowing me to have a focus away from my illness.

I’m quite a tenacious person and was determined not to give up so persevered through it all and when we came out the other side and hit 12 months I wanted to make something to commemorate our journey as I was beyond proud of where we had managed to get to from where we had come. These breastfeeding pendants were the result.

I made a gymnurstics pendant because that’s where we were in our journey, I was constantly having a foot in my face or a baby climbing over my shoulder, and I engraved his name and birthday on the reverse.

By the time we hit 2 years of breastfeeding I was expecting his little brother so opted to wait until he arrived to make something to commemorate that stage. I’ve moved my gymnurstics charm to my bracelet now and I have a copper tandem feeding charm instead.

Out of the designs available, the most popular is the  International Breastfeeding Symbol. I often handcraft these for people who are gifting them to friends to commemorate the end or beginning of a journey to show their support. They do make the perfect keepsake for birth workers or breastfeeding support workers too – I don’t know how I would’ve made it through if it hadn’t have been for my peer supporter.

Well, that’s pretty much all there is to say about the origins of these pieces, I hope you found my story interesting and if you’d like to know more please feel free to pop over and see me. You can find me on facebook, twitter, instagram,or pinterest

J xx

double fingerprint necklace

Double sided fingerprint necklace 2 Double sided fingerprint necklace 1Options for fingerprint jewellery with 2 prints

I’m guessing you found yourself on this page because you were looking for options for a double fingerprint necklace. I can certainly help you with that.

The major thing to consider when choosing a necklace with 2 fingerprints is whether you would like to have both the prints on one pendant, or whether you would prefer 2 individual charms on your necklace.

Double Fingerprint Necklace

This might depend on the age of your children and the size of their prints.  Older children and adult prints might look better on 2 separate fingerprint charms.  Here is an example of a double fingerprint necklace available from Lasting Touch.

This necklace features 2 heart charms, Double fingerprint necklace with 2 heart jewellery charmsone is slightly smaller than the other. This means that the two charms sit nicely together and also represents the 2 children’s ages if one is younger than the other.   If you have twins you might prefer to have both charms the same size.   This options for cascading fingerprint charms is also nice if you plan to have more children as you can also add a third, smaller heart at a later date if you wish.   If you already have three children you can buy the triple fingerprint necklace.

2 fingerprints on 1 necklace

This option might suit you if you have two young children with small prints.  (Keep in Fingerprint necklace with 2 printsmind that children under 12 months often don’t have defined fingerprint lines).  It can work for larger prints however they might overlap.

 

 

 

 

Double Sided fingerprint necklace.

This is the most expensive of the 3 options. This is because it has to be made thicker to allow for a print to be pressed in on each side.  The process of adding the 2nd print without distorting the 1st print is also more complicated than a single sided charm. Another downside to double sided fingerprint jewellery is that one print is always hidden.  If you would like me to make you a double sided fingerprint charm please drop me a message at gemma@lastingtouch.co.uk to discuss it.

Double sided fingerprint necklace 2Double sided fingerprint necklace 1

Finally, if you don’t think that fingerprints will be an option due to children being very young or the prints being too large, you might prefer to consider a full handprint on your keepsake jewellery.  Hand and footprints are resized to fit and so are suitable for any age or size print.

Double handprint necklaceStill not sure what will be the best option for you?
Feel free to drop me an email for a chat. gemma@lastingtouch.co.uk