Cremation Jewelry- is it the right fit for you?
Cremation cost has made it more popular in recent years. Then came the trend of cremation jewelry, which is a remarkable way to memorialize a loved one. What is this jewelry exactly? It might sound odd, but it can come in the form of pendants, rings, necklaces, lockets and bracelets. The person that holds the jewelry can keep a special reminder of their lost loved one.
Once the cremation process is complete, the jeweler receives ashes from their customer. Ashes normally consist of bone calcium phosphates and small traces of other minerals which produce a pasty white fine powder. These ashes are carefully combined with molten glass using encasement methods to mold the pieces together. Although it’s typical to use glass for cremation jewelry, it can also be prepared from crystal, brass, glass, gold, silver, vermeil, titanium, platinum or other materials. Those that specialize in this type of jewelry may vary in the temperature and time they use to produce the glass centerpiece; the objective is to display the cremated remains in the best way possible.
What’s even more interesting is that the chemical variations in remains differ with each person, creating a unique reaction with the glass each time- so no jewelry turns out like one before. Oftentimes, families retain a small lock of hair, dried flowers, or other various sentimental items left by the deceased individual; these too can go into memorial jewelry. Many consider this method of memorializing the deceased preferable to cremation urns, because to some, with cremation jewelry you get a more personalized, meaningful outcome.
People order these glass pieces to memorialize their loved ones all over the world. Surprisingly, 35-40% of people order them for former pets. Jewelry made from remains can be good for anyone, pet owners to spouses, as it can be personalized and kept forever. People also like the idea that unlike an urn, cremation jewelry can always be kept on you. Cremation jewelry can also be a great gift for someone that is going through a lot of grief. It can stand as a personal memorial for that person.
This jewelry usually ranges from $150 to $375, generally cheaper than cremation urns. Another option is to have the individual’s ashes turned into glass or diamonds, although this is unsurprisingly more expensive than the jewelry that combines the remains with glass. It’s all a mix of personal taste and sentimentality. Ask yourself: how do you think you could best memorialize a loved one?
Cremation jewelry is just one of many options when it comes to memorializing your friends or family. The ability to keep a pendant or necklace on you at all times is definitely an advantage for holding jewelry, as is the ability to personalize the jewelry and hold a unique keepsake. Surely there are some people that prefer traditional urns as a way to memorialize the deceased. It’s just about finding the right fit for you.
May & Son funeral home has helped families and loved ones through the grieving process for more than a century. We have locations in Columbia, Boonville, Sedalia and serve the Fayette Missouri area. To find out about how to plan ahead, contact us today.