Fingerprint Jewelry Charms FAQs
Fingerprint charms are custom-made by hand, in the United States. Usually the thumb provides the best fingerprint for our jewelry, as thumb prints have the most distinctive lines and the greatest definition. Once the print is received by our fingerprint jewelry designers, a digital version is created. The artist will then focus on the most interesting portion of the print, crop that area and digitally clean the fingerprint’s edges for a clean and crisp template.
The digital fingerprint is then transformed by a computer assisted manufacturing device that lets the jeweler create a wax mold of the image. Once the mold is made, the jewelry designer uses the lost wax casting method to create a personal fingerprint charm. The lost wax jewelry charm process is as follows: the wax mold, called a pattern, is first weighed so the amount of metal required to fill the mold (gold, silver, etc.) can be determined. Then the mold is attached to a base and a flask is slipped over it. Once the mold is in the flask, a kind of plaster called investment, is poured into the flask. It is then left to dry and harden.
Once the investment is dried, the base and flask are removed and the piece is put into an oven to burn off the wax. Next a centrifuge is used to force the melted metal into the mold. Finally, the piece is cleaned up by filing and polishing, leaving a unique fingerprint keepsake.
How Fingerprint Jewelry Charms are Created
The whole fingerprint jewelry process is very easy. The first step is to select the type of fingerprint charm you prefer and order it through our site.
The second step is to obtain a good copy of the fingerprint. If there is time, you can have us mail you an ink kit to help you capture an image of the print. Just email us the request, include the address you wish the kit to be mailed to and we will ship it. If there is no time to wait for the ink kit you may make a copy of the print using the following instructions.
Begin by studying the thumb of the person whose print is being taken. Select the area of the thumb that is the most interesting. We recommend centering the print where it swirls. Practice taking prints on a white sheet of paper. Lightly touch the inked pad surface twice and then press downward on the paper using more of a tapping motion than a rolling one.
Once you have sufficient practice, place five good prints along the bottom of a piece of white blank paper or cardstock. Our artisans will select the clearest portion of the best print for casting.
To clean your hands afterward, we recommend a wet paper towel, possibly in conjunction with a drop of hand cream that contains alcohol.
Mail the ORIGINAL prints to:
311 Route 313
West Arlington, VT 05250
In about 3 to 4 weeks you will receive your finished fingerprint jewelry charm.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is engraving available for fingerprint jewelry charms?
Yes, Cremation Solutions does offer engraving with all of our fingerprint, handprint or footprint jewelry charms. The cost of engraving is included in the price of the charm. There is room for three lines of engraving each with eight characters.
What about handprint and footprint jewelry charms? (Infants Only)
We suggest our regular fingerprint charms for adults. Since children under age three seldom have significantly developed ridges on their fingers, it is better to use either a footprint or a handprint. Often hospitals will take high-quality handprints and or footprints following delivery. These prints can be scanned or copied and emailed to Cremation Solutions in full size format. If the hospital has not made any prints, you can do it yourself following the same directions we have provided for capturing a fingerprint.
These personalized fingerprint jewelry charms may have the option for to add a birthstone for an additional charge. An 18-inch chain with a high-quality lobster claw closure is another option. You will also have a chance to provide up to three (3) lines of text engraving with up to eight (8) characters per line when you receive your ink print kit. Each charm is slightly smaller than a dime.
Can fingerprint charm jewelry hold ashes?
Yes, Cremation Solutions offers a fingerprint charm that holds ashes, making this type of fingerprint jewelry the most personal and precious of all. These fingerprint charms can also hold hair, flower petals or earth from a special location. Like most cremation jewelry, the fingerprint charm is hollow with a small screw that provides access to the inner compartment. A small funnel is included to easily add the material of your choosing.
When is it a good time to get a fingerprint jewelry charm?
Since fingerprint charms are such a personal style of jewelry, they can be used to mark any life milestone or personal achievement. Fingerprint jewelry charms are commonly created for births, weddings, anniversaries and memorials. They are also a great way to commemorate those who have passed on, and like our precious memories they are kept close to the heart. Nothing is more personal or unique than someone’s fingerprint, which is why they make such a great keepsake gift for a loved one.
Can I put a charm on my own bracelet?
Yes, however, make sure to request that your charm come with a jump ring instead of the bail that usually goes on for a pendant. Any jeweler will be able to attach the charm to your bracelet with the jump ring. If you purchase one of our beautiful memory bracelets for your charm, it will have a jump ring and come already attached.
How large are the fingerprint jewelry charms?
Standard fingerprint jewelry charms are 5/8" long and 1/2" wide. See our sizing chart for additional sizing information.
How long does it take to get fingerprint jewelry charms?
If you order the ink kit, we will mail it right out and you should receive it within 3-4 days. Once we receive the original prints from you, your fingerprint jewelry charm will arrive in 3-4 weeks.
What types of precious metal are available for fingerprint jewelry charms?
Cremation Solutions offers fingerprint jewelry charms in three types of precious metal: sterling silver, 14K yellow gold and 14K white gold.
Can I include a birthstone or diamond on a fingerprint jewelry charm?
Yes, Cremation Solutions offers birthstones on fingerprint jewelry charms. We use genuine .05 carat birthstones for all of our styles of fingerprint, handprint or footprint jewelry charms. For April's birthstone (the diamond), we do provide the option of using a genuine 5pt diamond. The stones are placed at the base of the chain bail, on the top of the fingerprint jewelry charm. Such add-ons will incur an additional charge.
What if I want a custom style of fingerprint jewelry charm?
Cremation Solutions has the ability to design fingerprint keepsake jewelry in the style of your choosing. We will put you in direct contact with our experienced jeweler and together you can create the piece of custom jewelry you desire. The price will be determined once we know exactly what you desire.