Sunday, 12 April 2015

Product Review: Hand on Heart Handcrafted silver paw print pendant

Most of the stuff we get asked to review is for Lottie - food, collars, beds etc.  So I was absolutely thrilled recently to be asked to review a specially made piece of jewellery from Hand on Heart Jewellery!  What does this have to do with Lottie?  Read on…..


Who are Hand on Heart Jewellery?


The Hand on Heart studio was set up by sisters Heather and Amanda, after spending years experimenting with silver.  They developed and perfected a technique to transfer images such as handprints and pawprints to silver,  They started making unique pieces for friends and family, creating handprint necklaces, charms, personalised cufflinks and keyrings, to name but a few.  In 2009, the company Hand on Heart was born, creating top quality keepsake jewellery, and the company has grown since with an expanding team.

How does it work? 


We selected the Paw Print heart charm pendant, which would be stamped with a miniaturised version of Lottie's pawprint and engraved with her name.  I also chose to have her kennel name engraved on the back.

To produce the paw print, Hand on Heart send you a special printing kit, containing some very clever paper and a wipe soaked with a natural oil that you wipe over the paw (or hand or foot!) print that you want to print.  I just then pressed Lottie's paw onto the paper, a number of times to make sure we got a usable one, and then cleaned her paw off with a damp towel.  Fairly easy and not too messy!  It helps obviously if you have a cooperative dog, and I did trim a little of Lottie's fur from between her pads, to make a clean an image as possible.



Once you have the prints, you send them back to Hand on Heart, or alternatively as I did, take a high quality photo and email it back to them.  They also keep them on file, in case you want to use them again in the future  And then it's a case of waiting….

We didn't have to wait very long at all - about a week later, I was advised of a parcel waiting for me to pick up at my local delivery office!

What did we get? 


Firstly, everything was very well packaged with lots of bubble wrap keeping the contents safe.  And when we got inside it, beautifully packaged too!  A lovely personalised card with the print that they used, and the jewellery itself in a ribbon bound presentation box, with a smaller jewellery box within. To finish it off, there is the nice touch of two little packets of Sweetheart sweeties!





What did we think?


I am absolutely thrilled with the pendant and have received some compliments on it already, with people asking how it was made.   The pendant itself has a nice weight to it, is highly polished and smooth and is very well made.  Pleasingly, the chain is also a good strong one - invaluable when you have a spangle who insists on greeting you by hugging your neck and chewing on your jewellery! (no joke, I have a diamond cross that she looooves nibbling on….). It has also stood up to the ministrations of a determined five month old baby - no mean feat!



This is an absolutely gorgeous little keepsake and one that I haven't taken off since receiving it. Don't forget, they also do handcrafted jewellery with hand and footprints, they can engrave fingerprints and hand/paw prints into jewellery and have a whole range including pendants, cufflinks, keyrings and Pandora style charms.

The pendant they sent me retails at £95.00, including postage, packaging and a print kit.  You can also opt for added extras like a keyring, personalised ribbon or have the print kit gift wrapped if it is to be a gift for someone.  From start to finish, Ellie (our contact at Hand on Heart) has been fab, updating us on the progress with our lovely little trinket, which  I will treasure for a long time.  The whole process has been a most enjoyable pleasure, and would make a gorgeous gift for parents, grandparents, pet owners, or indeed anyone who wants to create a memory to keep.


This product was provided for review.

And now, a giveaway! 


We are very excited that Hand on Heart Jewellery have kindly sponsored a giveaway to win your very own silver heart charm necklace, retailing at £95. This is open to all, as they will create a pendant especially for you with your choice of paw, hand or footprint, so share this with all your friends, not just the pet lovers!  The competition will run until Monday 4th May 21:00 (bank holiday weekend). This is only open to UK entrants.

Good luck!


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50 comments:

  1. I still have my Tinkers tag which I keep on my keys so thats always with me and I have two of his blankets that Im not ashamed to admit I sniff every now and then to remember him. (He's been gone 3 years now and I still think of him every day!) Plus his name is my twitter handle, email etc so I cant get away from him!

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  2. I don't think I've kept anything, but my best friend does and I'd give the prize to her :)

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  3. My chihuahua's very first handknitted jumper! It is tiny! I couldn't buy one small enough so my mum knitted it for my puppy!

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  4. I have my 3 babies Rolo Polo and Wispa actual paw prints tattoed on my chest..

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  5. Charlie's extra long fluffy hair on his head - he looked like he had the old curtains haircut.

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  6. my cat Lucky from the seventies, I have a painting of her, she was so cute

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  7. i just have photos of my old dog rocky he was a big one a rottweiler which is funny as i now have a chihuahua and a shih tzu ! fab giveaway x

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  8. When i went to choose Buddy the seller had tied different coloured ribbons around the pups collars to tell them apart. Buddy had a lovely purple bow, my favourite colour so i chose him. I still have the bow.

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  9. How beautiful and such a wonderful keepsake!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

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  10. I don't have any current keepsakes from my cat, Kitty, but seeing as she's 18 this year, it would be lovely to have her paw on a necklace. Such a sweet idea.

    Laura x | Life and Lipstick

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  11. i have my ashes of my cat and dog

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  12. That is very nice.
    Have a marvellous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  13. I have a photo of my childhood dog, thanks for the lovely giveaway.

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  14. I don't have anything but I'd love this for my mum x

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  15. I have a gorgeous photo of my son and Thor, a gentle giant Alsatian, a wonderful keepsake 🐾

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  16. First collar from Cassius my sprocker - Natally

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  17. my dog sweeps collar he died 5 years ago
    from samantha price

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  18. lovely pictures and videos and loads of cat fur everywhere! :P

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  19. The wonderful memories and still to this day (2 years later) I find half eaten tennis balls around the garden that have been buried!

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  20. a video of when we first bought our puppy, lunar home and she saw our cat.

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  21. a portrait of my dog ben who has now passed away

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  22. I kept my dog's puppy teeth. From Julie McLaren

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  23. I've got my dogs first collar and outfit. They're so tiny :)

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  24. I have my dogs first collar and that was 13 years ago now sadly lost her last year !

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  25. I have a paw print on my foot for my two doggies who past away and also have their name tags on our keys :)

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  26. photos and a bit of fur in a locket

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  27. Our dog schwartz had to have a helping hand to the rainbow bridge last year in May aged 21 years. I had an artist friend create a mixed media picture of him - which is now framed and hangs in our living room. This along with his collar and dog tag are our keepsakes

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  28. We've kept Charlies tag :)

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  29. I have a beautiful enlarged photograph of my cocker spaniel Sophie

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  30. my dogs photo on my necklace

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  31. I wanna get this regardless of whether i win or not! Absolutely lovely - i've got a canvas print-out of my three dogs George, Max and Seamus in their homemade christmas costumes :'D

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  32. Photos of my childhood cat - Patch - amazing cat, that will never be forgotten

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  33. I keep my cats whiskers in a box. Whenever I find them I feel blessed and make a wish :) x

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  34. Photo of my spaniel running on the beach, I have it on canvas above the couch :)

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  35. My first doggy Bubbles collar, aww x

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  36. The song 'somewhere over the rainbow' it played when i had my dog put to sleep

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  37. We lost our boy 2 weeks ago and I'm very grateful for all the pictures I had taken of him, they will be treasured forever.

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  38. I have a locket with a picture of my very first dog in it. Still get upset over losing her 13 years on. My dog now i have his collar he came with when we was a puppy which i will always keep.

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  39. We have a year old Maine Coon called Bixi and I have kept her first kitten collar as I had it specially made for her.

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  40. I treasure all the photos and videos of my dog Rocky who died 7 years ago

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  41. I have lots of pictures of my pets (past & present) that I will always treasure. Thanks for such a great giveaway!
    I would love this for my sister who's just got in to vet school - she's very excited but also sad that she can't take our dog, Bonnie, with her. This would be a great way of keeping her close while she's away :)

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  42. lots of lovely photo's of past pets so lovely to look back at them, they brought such joy and happiness into our house

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  43. Mamny many photo's and Christmas jumper ;) x

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