IntroductionNot all silver fingerprint jewellery is the same! We have been making keepsake jewellery for many years now and have a wealth of experience. We thought it would be helpful to put together a guide that explains the basics of what you're getting and some of the things to look out for while comparing what you might think are similar products from different sellers.
The BasicsThe basic process of making a fingerprint (or hand/foot print) piece is the same. You will need to capture your child's print using the kit the seller sends you. When you return the imprint to the seller they will then turn your print into a charm. The silver product used is the same no matter what seller you choose (there are two brands of silver clay but they are basically the same in terms of a finished product), however what varies is the skill of the maker. Making fingerprint jewellery has become a bit of an "easy way to make money". So you should look carefully at the pictures of the work of the sellers you are comparing. How well finished is the product? It is fairly easy to attain a high shine finish on a charm, however it does require time and elbow grease!
As a minimum, the piece should be 1.5mm thick. Some sellers are offering thicker charms and these will be more expensive because there is more silver involved so check the thickness of the pieces.
When the seller finishes working on your charm, it has to be fired (yes really!). The newer silver metal clays can be fired with a blowtorch, however, pieces that are fired in a kiln will be stronger as an end-product so you should choose sellers who are firing their charms in a temperature controlled kiln.
Bracelets, Cufflinks & Keyrings
If you are buying just a charm on its own then you know you are getting a Fine Silver piece - its the only way of creating it! What you need to check is when you are buying it as a finished jewellery piece. The products you are getting may not be Silver.
The rings we use on our charms (for you to attach to your own jewellery) are Sterling Silver.
Bracelets - there are lots of sweetie style bracelets listed which ARE NOT silver. They simply can't be for the price. That's absolutely fine, and nothing wrong with it, as long as you are aware that you are getting either a plated product or Tibetan Silver product. The same goes for keyrings - we have seen fingerprint keyrings at well under £30. The keyring attachment WILL NOT be Sterling Silver for that price - again that's fine, but check what you're getting! Silver Plate keyring attachments are pennies in terms of cost.
Cufflinks - as we've described above, the fingerprint part of the cufflinks will be Fine Silver. The differences in the listings here is the attachments that turn the charms into cufflinks. They could be silver plate, they could be glued on. The best, long lasting option for cufflinks is to choose sterling silver attachments that have been soldered onto the fingerprint charms. Soldering is by far the most reliable option.
We hope that you have found our guide informative. We will try to expand on it over time as customers ask us questions. We're always happy to answer questions, and let potential customers know what they're getting!