Losing a loved one is an extremely difficult experience, but with cremation jewelry, you can keep them close long after they’re gone.
Losing a loved one in death is one of the most challenging situations you may ever face. In fact, according to studies, losing a child or spouse in death is the number one most stressful life event.
While you will never forget your cherished friend or beloved family member, how can you preserve their memory forever? A unique and beautiful way to keep your loved one close to your heart is cremation jewelry.
By creating a unique piece of jewelry, you can carry a little part of your loved one wherever you go. But how does it work? Read on for all you need to know.
What Is Cremation Jewelry?
Cremation jewelry is also known as memorial jewelry, remembrance jewelry, or funeral jewelry. But what is cremation jewelry? It’s jewelry made from the cremated remains of someone you love.
While funeral jewelry is becoming more popular today, jewelry made from ashes is nothing new. “Mourning jewelry” has been around since the 16th century. Then, they either inscribed dates and names onto jewelry or weaved locks of hair into designs.
Today, there are various types of cremation jewelry to choose from. Some accessories and gems are made from the ashes. But you can simply fill other types of jewelry with the ashes, such as a cremation locket.
Turning Ashes into Jewelry—How Does It Work?
Usually, after a cremation, the ashes are either scattered in a significant place or stored in an urn. If you choose an urn, it is either placed at the gravesite, a columbarium, or taken home with the family.
Cremation jewelry only requires a small amount of the ashes. You should discuss your plans with the rest of your family, as some may feel differently about the idea. It’s essential to be sensitive to each other’s feelings in such times of grief.
After the funeral, you can collect the number of ashes you need. If you’re worried about how to fill the ashes into cremation jewelry, don’t worry. Most retailers will give you full instructions on what’s required.
But what you do next all depends on the type of cremation jewelry you choose.
Types of Cremation Jewelry
As the trend of turning ashes into jewelry grows, so do the options. Some jewelry’s made from ashes, while other jewelry’s made for ashes. You can even have cremation jewelry in remembrance of your beloved pet.
Here are a few of the best ways to remember your loved one through jewelry.
Ashes to Diamonds
Some companies create synthetic diamonds from cremated remains. The process is relatively complicated and may take one month to complete. You can either choose a bright white diamond or opt for a colored diamond instead.
While a diamond is quite an expensive option, it creates a valuable family heirloom you can pass on to generations to come. For a similar, yet cheaper alternative, companies can create precious gemstones out of ashes too.
If diamonds and gems are out of your price range, another unique way to treasure your loved one is hand-blown glass. From hand-blown orbs to gem-like pendants, these molten glass designs are genuinely individual. While some choose to make delicate jewelry from it, others create ornaments.
When turning ashes into synthetic diamonds, the result is a bright diamond where you cannot see the ashes. But as the cremated remains mix with colorful molten glass, they become suspended within it. This creates a stunning design of flecks and bubbles within the glass.
It truly is a beautiful way to remember your loved one if you want the ashes displayed.
Cremation Lockets and Urns
A simpler and quicker way is to use a locket-type urn to carry your loved one’s ashes. The urn typically comes with a screw-top closure. Screw it open and use a small funnel to insert the ashes.
Some choose a ring, necklace, or bracelet as an “urn.” The urn may be simply a locket, a bead, or even a charm. Styles vary, but most carry 1/8 teaspoon of the cremated remains inside.
For most cremation lockets and urns, you also have the option of personalization, such as your loved one’s name, an important date, images, or other text.
Some jewelry urns keep the interior memorial private. Onlookers may feel it’s merely a locket. However, some urn jewelry has a glass vessel which displays the cremated remains.
There are many other options when turning ashes into jewelry. For instance, you can have small amounts of cremation ash infused into silver, crystal, resin, or wood.
Some choose to have tiny urn beads or charms as earrings. While others prefer a crystal pendant infused with the ashes, others want to have their loved one’s fingerprint or handwriting inscribed on the jewelry too.
Jewelry Made From Ashes—What’s the Draw?
So which option will you choose? It all depends on what you want personally. Some would prefer wearing their loved one’s ashes discreetly while others want to display them in some way.
Whichever type of cremation jewelry you choose, know that it will surely bring you comfort. And that’s the main draw for cremation jewelry. Many feel by having their loved ones close to their heart, they maintain a connection.
This brings them comfort when they need it the most.
It’s also a great way to allow each family member to hold a portion of the ashes instead of all the ashes being in one place.
Turn Cherished Memories into Treasures
Yes, turn your cherished memories into a keepsake that you’ll treasure forever. Cremation jewelry truly is a wonderful way to remember your loved one. And you can pass it down for generations to come.
But before you start planning these finer details, you need to make sure the funeral day is all in order. It’s not an easy time. But here at Lone Star Cremation, we’re here to help you every step of the way.
Find out more about our services here.