What Is Cremation Jewelry?
Cremation jewelry, also known funeral jewelry, memorial jewelry, or remembrance jewelry is used as a remarkable way to memorialize a loved one. It is available in the form of pendants, rings, bracelets, necklaces, lockets, etc.
This jewelry can either be worn or displayed at your home in an elegant display dome or jewelry box. It is a growing trend nowadays to hold a small portion of the cremated remains of a deceased in a piece of cremation jewelry.
“He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us, more potent, nay, more present than the living man.”
– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Often times, families prefer to retain a small amount of the cremated remains after burying or scattering the ashes. You can also store tokens like a lock of hair, dried flowers from the funeral, or a small piece of cloth in the memorial jewelry.
If the ashes are buried in a burial plot, you may take a small amount of the sacred ground and store it in the memorial jewelry. This can be done in case of traditional burial as well.
Cremation jewelry, therefore, helps you keep a part of your loved one with you at all times. In fact, it allows each family member to hold a portion of the ashes. These jewelry items can be personalized, too.
If you are wondering about the appearance of the cremains, remember that cremated remains are not actually ashes as when the body is incinerated it reduces to dust and bone fragments that are further pulverized to get a pasty white fine powder of uniform consistency.
Artwork can prove to be a great tool to capture the essence of an individual’s life. Cremation jewelry is usually prepared from crystal, glass, brass, pewter, gold, silver, silver sterling, vermeil, titanium, platinum, maple, oak, walnut, and various other materials.
Thus, keeping a piece of funeral jewelry can help you cope with the loss and keep the fond memories alive. Certain pieces of jewelry designed in a special way so that your can use them as keepsake urns, too.
Furthermore, jewelry urns can be beautified with gemstones, necklaces, and gold chains. These items can be further ornamented with precious and semi-precious stones.
Cremation urns and jewelry have been in existence since centuries. They were particularly popular in the Victorian era.
During the 17th and 18th centuries, people used to present mourning rings to the bereaved friends and family members. These rings often featured cremation urns, coffins, etc. or bore the deceased’s dates of birth and death.
You can also gift cremation jewelry to a bereaved as a personal memorial to help him or her through the grief and it can even be passed down through the generations.
In case you are worried as to how to fill the ashes in a piece of cremation jewelry rest assured that most retailers will give you proper instructions in this regard.
Basically, you need to figure out the opening or hollow chamber through which the ashes would be transferred in the jewelry and then pour the ashes through a small funnel (usually supplied along with the jewelry item) with the help of a plastic spoon. Alternatively, you can get the cremation jewelry filled by a local funeral home.
Besides, another unique way to memorialize a departed loved one is to have the individual’s ashes turned into glass or diamonds. This would be an expensive option, though.