Fingerprints—those swirling indicators of our individual identity—are physical attributes that we tend to take for granted. They serve two physiological purposes: they produce friction (allowing us to pick up items with greater ease) and they amplify vibrations so that we are able to feel subtle textures. This scientific examination, however, does not hint at a fingerprint’s profound emotional associations.
While there is always the occasional handshake, we tend to join hands most often with those that we love. We take a child’s hand for safety when we cross the street, and we hold our partner’s hand because it encourages romance and intimacy. When we hold hands we are leaving our fingerprints behind, perhaps as a hope that a part of us will stay with our loved ones when we part ways.
It is becoming increasingly popular to immortalize fingerprints on an item of jewelry, particularly on an engagement ring or a wedding band. Here at Brilliant Earth, we encourage you to celebrate your loved one’s identity with a custom designed fingerprint ring.
Custom Fingerprint Rings
Brilliant Earth’s knowledgeable jewelry experts are ready to help you custom design your own fingerprint ring. The print can go on the inside or the outside of the ring, depending on your personal preference. Putting your fingerprint on the outside of the ring allows the print to become a part of the visible design. Conversely, putting the print on the inside of the ring allows you to keep the outside looking traditional with an intimate hidden detail on the inside. Keeping the fingerprint on the inside also gives you more ring options to choose from, since a fingerprint can be added on the inside of many wedding or engagement rings. A wider, solid band is the best choice for maximum fingerprint visibility.
Combining Your Prints
While many people choose to feature only their partner’s fingerprint on their ring, some may choose to combine two fingerprints on one ring. This is most often done by overlapping the two prints to some extent, leaving the rest of the print distinct and recognizable (which, if you think about it, is a great visual representation of marriage). Putting both prints on the ring means that you are not only keeping your partner with you wherever you go, but you are also keeping a reminder of the commitment you have made.
Fingerprint Jewelry Options
If you would prefer a piece of fingerprint jewelry other than a ring, consider designing a custom pendant or pair of earrings. The back of a flat pendant or charm would be a great location for a fingerprint! Take a look at our custom jewelry gallery for inspiration.
Fingerprint Jewelry for the Whole Family
Fingerprint engravings aren’t just for symbolizing romantic relationships. Creating a piece of jewelry that has a child’s fingerprint engraved on it is a great way to show your love. It is common for parents to make imprints of their children’s tiny feet and hands on clay or paper, but a piece of jewelry is more durable and portable. Jewelry with your children’s fingerprints can be a sweet way to constantly carry a reminder of your child’s love.
Other Personalization Options
The sky is the limit when it comes to personalization. A great idea would be to engrave a personal message on the inside of the ring—something that only your partner would understand. Or, if there is something that you are both passionate about, such as sports or travel, you could represent that shared interest by incorporating it into your ring. Take a look at our custom ring gallery for inspiration.
Archaeologists have discovered fingerprints imprinted on clay tablets dating back to the ancient Egyptians and Greeks. It is unclear whether the prints were left there purposefully or whether it was simply a mistake, but the result is still the same. That person managed to leave an indication of his or her existence that has lasted for thousands of years. In a similar way, creating a piece of fingerprint jewelry allows you to live on. Imagine one of your distant descendants opening up a jewelry box and putting on your fingerprint ring.
It would almost be as though you were holding hands across time.