Remembering the deceased with a cherished fingerprint ring
Over the last 6 months we have received many requests for fingerprint engraved bands, as memorial rings engraved with either fingerprints or hand written messages from critically ill or departed loved ones. This is never an easy subject to write about, but having had direct contact arranging such commissions, I realise that an enormous amount of emotion is attached to the work we do. Creating meaningful jewellery.
What better way than to keep a loved one with you—not just in thought, but physically carried with you from day to day. As a result, I decided to write this post because it really does resonate with so many people.
Recently commissioned 2.5mm wide memorial fingerprint ring
Important details to consider when commissioning a memorial ring
Timing could be a key consideration for fingerprint engraving
If you’re considering fingerprint keepsake in the form of a memorial fingerprint ring or pendant, the most critical consideration is timing. When taking fingerprints, there is a need to capture a print before the opportunity has gone. Many clients struggle to decide upon the item itself but know what concept they want (e.g. a fingerprint laser engraved onto an item of jewellery). For this reason we have now added the fingerprint engraving kit to our website shop. Rather than having to wait, this can be ordered and delivered immediately ahead of organising the commission. The cost of the kit will be later deducted from the commission cost.
Sending Fingerprints for engraving
We know that the fingerprints of a deceased relative are impossible to replace. For this reason we can work from a scanned / emailed fingerprint. This means that your original print can remain safe in your care.
Lost of stolen Fingerprint Jewellery
We know that no insurance policy will replace the fingerprint engraved ring based on the print of a loved one. But we have a solution which gives greater peace of mind. We return your fingerprints to be kept safely in the event that you might need them again in the future. Taking scans or photocopies will also ensure you have prints backed up and on file to re-use in the event of loss or theft. When we work with clients outside the UK, most clients send a high resolution scan to us by email to work with.
Ideas for Memorial Rings and Jewellery
There are many ideas that can be applied to jewellery, tastefully capturing memories to cherish with daily wear. The following are just a few concepts that can be worked into commissions.
Fingerprint engravings. 100% faithful scanned and laser engraved prints, beautifully finished applied either inside rings or onto a pendant.
Personal handwritten message scanned and laser engraved onto a pendant or onto the surface (inner or outer) of a plain or diamond set band. We can apply a hand written message from a person, as they wrote it, scaled down to fit onto a band or pendant. Alternatively we can engrave a verse from a sentimental poem or extract from a book.
Ashes – a small quantity applied to jewellery. Either within a small chamber within the body of precious metal, or within resin or a small glass vial enclosed within a precious metal pendant.
Lost or archived family fingerprints. A case study
At Serendipity Diamonds we love to rise to a challenge. One of our recent challenges involved a fingerprint found by our client on their parent’s birth certificate. Our client kindly agreed to us featuring their commission in this article as a case study.
Taking the fingerprint from the birth certificate
The original fingerprint could be found on our client’s birth certificate. We all felt this was a lovely addition to have on a birth certificate. Although a little faded and a touch unclear, we spend considerable time, scanning and refining the print to create the final artwork.
The original birth certificate featuring our client’s mother’s fingerprint.
Part of the birth certificate stamp obscured a section of the fingerprint
Creating the memorial fingerprint
We work through several stages to create the final fingerprint for the memorial ring. The final result gives a clear print, suitable for engraving.
The final fingerprint of our client’s mother (left) with our clients print (right) ready to be applied to the inside of the wedding ring
Creating the final memorial fingerprint ring
Our client chose the Platinum version of our Tennyson wedding ring design, with a 7mm width. This allowed plenty of area to apply both prints. The final satin finish contrasted with the outer mirror polished bevelled edges.
The final ring, completed. Showing our client’s mum’s print within the ring—positioned opposite her own fingerprint.
How to enquire about your own memorial fingerprint ring
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you need any guidance. Our friendly team will help you with any details you require, and we will treat any enquiry with the urgency and sensitivity it deserves.