Cremation Jewelry- is it the right fit for you?

Posted on October 11, 2017 by MayFuneral under Blog Posts
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Cremation Jewelry- is it the right fit for you?

Cremation jewelry is a great way to memorialize your loved ones.

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 aheadcontact us today.

The funeral business that became H.T. May & Son was founded in Boonville in 1911 by Riley Martin; great-great uncle of Tom May. Following the death of Riley Martin, his nephew; Holwell J. May took over the reins of the business and continued to operate it until his death in 1974. After the death of Holwell, his son H.T. May began to run the business. When H.T. died in 2005, son Thomas E. May began to run the business and is now the fourth generation to operate May Funeral Homes. The newest location, in Columbia, opened in April 2009. Thomas, was married in November 19 of 2011 to Pastor Jennifer Baker. Jennifer is a pre-need specialist for the business and currently pursing her funeral directors license. Thomas also has two sisters; Kathryn May who is a licensed funeral director and Melodia Whitmore. Thomas has three children; Holwell J. May II, who graduated from KCKCC with his Mortuary Science Degree, and is now a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer, Brittany N. May, and Jeremiah Baker. May and staff are are dedicated to serving families from all ethnic backgrounds and religious beliefs in a personalized manner, with knowledgeable, caring, and professional staff.

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