Sterling Silver: Pure silver is too soft and malleable for use in jewelry so it is alloyed with other metals to give it more favorable working properties. Sterling silver, also known as 925, is actually an alloy of pure silver composed of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% alloy, usually copper. Sterling silver is regarded as a precious metal. Although its earliest uses were primarily in flatware, tableware, and currency/coins, it became popular for use in jewelry because of its lustrous white color, durability, and lower cost relative to gold. It is only available in the white color and it can tarnish over time as sulfur in the environment reacts with the copper alloy. Because of its higher value, and favorable durability, sterling silver can be depended on to last for use in fingerprint jewelry. However, it is not as resistant to scratching and wear as gold. It is better suited for use in necklaces, pendants and earrings that will not be as exposed to the heavy abuse that a ring would. Although it is a suitable choice for rings, if it is a ring you are after, sterling silver may not be the ideal choice for someone looking to create a legacy piece that endures for a lifetime(s).
Pros: Lower cost than gold. Good durability. Beautiful white color. It is durable enough for use in fingerprint jewelry. At dimplescharms.com we can craft your jewelry in sustainably sourced sterling silver.
Cons: Not as durable as gold. Only available in the white color.
Real gold: Gold is regarded as a precious metal. Real gold jewelry is made using a solid gold alloy, having gold content above a certain threshold. In the United States, for example, pieces containing less than 41.67% gold (10 karats) are not considered real gold for commercial purposes. This means that any jewelry marked less than 10K (9K for example) is NOT considered gold. Pure gold (24K) on its own is too soft and malleable for use in jewelry so it is mixed with alloy materials like copper, silver, nickel, and paladium. These alloys are added to increase the hardness, decrease the malleability, or change the color of pure gold. Jewelry made using real gold is considered fine jewelry. When gold jewelry is marked 10K it means that 10 out of 24 parts (41.67%) of it are gold and the balance is the alloy material(s). If it is marked 14K then 14 out of 24 parts (58.33%) of it are gold while 18K would be 18 out of 24 parts (75%) gold. Although it is more coslty than plated, vermeil, or sterling silver, since real gold jewelry is made entirely of precious metal (which has value) and is solid all the way through, it is superior in every way. It can be worn daily and passed down through generations. Real gold is the ideal material for jewelry with great sentimental value and that you expect to wear daily. Real gold is definitely the best choice for jewelry that you “never take it off”.
Pros: Used to craft fine jewelry for centuries and trusted for its durability, wearability, and value. The color will never wear off or peel. The most durable, long lasting, and timeless material used in fine jewelry. It has value and its value increases over time. It is solid gold all the way through, is infinitely more durable than plated or vermeil jewelry. It is the ideal choice for jewelry, like fingerprint jewelry, that is of sentimental significance and for jewelry that you wear daily. It’s the perfect choice for jewelry you plan to pass down to successive generations. At dimplescharms.com we can craft your jewelry in sustainably sourced gold in 10K, 14K, and 18K white, yellow, and rose gold. Although it is not covered in this article we can also create fingerprint jewelry in platinum.
Cons: Although it is more valuable and the best choice for fingerprint jewelry it typically means you will pay more for it.
Fingerprint jewelry is not all created equally. It can be made in a variety of different ways. Some of these methods produce 3D fingerprint jewelry and others are limited to 2D fingerprint jewelry. Each of the methods used to create fingerprint jewelry has its pros and cons. There are five common methods used to make fingerprint jewelry. They are: Lost-wax cast, Metal clay, Hand engraving, Laser, and CNC.
Lost-Wax Cast: This is a method used to make 3D fingerprint jewelry. Lost-wax casting is a technique that has been trusted and used to make jewelry for centuries. This method involves making a mold out of a model and pouring molten metal into the mold to create the final part. Although it is a more traditional technique the methods used to create the models have advanced tremendously with the advent of modern 3D technologies like 3D printing. Fingerprint jewelry made using the lost wax casting method is solid, so you know you are actually getting value for your dollar. You also never have to worry about plating or coating wearing off. Furthermore, it has greater density, is more durable, is far more resistant to wear and damage than other methods, and has been trusted for centuries to create jewelry that endures. Jewelry companies that produce fingerprint jewelry this way usually only require a clear and in-focus image of a fingerprint supplied by customers. Fingerprints are stored encrypted offline so they are secure. Fingerprint jewelry made using this method is more personal because it is 3-dimensional. It looks like there is an actual “impression” where the finger was pressed into the metal with the fingerprint lining the surface of the impression. The result is a very authentic, lifelike appearance. It looks as though a finger was pressed into it. Originally, that is how lost wax casting of fingerprint jewelry was made, by pressing a finger into wax. However, advanced technologies now make it possible to create jewelry this way using only an image of a fingerprint, while still maintaining the appearance of the actual touch in the jewelry. This way you are not inconvenienced by having to do a fingerprint a certain way, like having to press a finger into a mold, use a certain scanner, or having to visit an inconvenient location. The image can be any format and sent from anywhere on earth. All that is needed is a clear, in-focus, image of the fingerprint. Companies may manually edit the fingerprint image slightly to resolve all the details but it will remain the same, natural looking fingerprint in the finished piece of jewelry. Since it all starts with an image a replacement piece can be ordered if the original is lost, damaged, or stolen. Other items can also be ordered at any time using the same fingerprint image. Companies that produce this type of jewelry are designers and manufacturers, so your entire piece will be made domestically. These companies prioritize quality and beauty and will not cut corners when it comes to your happiness. If you are wondering how to create a great fingerprint, check out this video that illustrates the simplest method that only requires a pencil, clear tape, and plain white paper.
Pros: This method produces 3D fingerprint jewelry. It looks like an impression was made in the metal and feels like your loved one actually left their mark on it. Lost wax casting is the gold standard for creating the highest quality, most realistic, and most personal fingerprint jewelry. The solid gold fingerprint jewelry made this way will never peel or have its color wear off. It will endure and can be passed down through generations. All that is required is a clear, in-focus, image of the fingerprint. You have the security and peace of mind that a replacement can be made if the original is lost, damaged or stolen. Other items can be ordered any time using the same fingerprint. Fingerprints look very natural. DimplesCharms.com the lost wax casting method exclusively to craft its ultra high definition true to life 3D fingerprint jewelry.
Cons: Prices are higher.
Metal clay: This is a method used to make 3D fingerprint jewelry. Metal clay is a craft material that is commonly used to make jewelry by crafters who sell on etsy. Metal clay is composed of microscopic particles of metal, an organic binder (a type of cellulose), and water. Once shaped into the finished pattern it is dried, to remove the water, then baked (fired) in a kiln to remove the organic binder and fuse the metal particles together during a process called sintering.