Death is a difficult subject to deal with, but some people are taking a positive approach and reframing the issue. After cremation, there are often limited options for what individuals can do with their loved one’s ashes.
Scattering and burying the ashes are the most common choices. But there are more creative and innovative ways to memorialise individuals that could help to bring comfort and support during times of need.
A rising trend of placing a small number of cremation ashes in jewellery is taking hold in grieving communities. Rather than scattering or burying all of the ashes, a small portion is set aside for a piece of memorial jewellery.
What is memorial jewellery?
Memorial jewellery is growing in popularity throughout the UK. It may also be known as ashes jewellery or cremation jewellery. There are many different ways to create ashes jewellery, but the most cost-effective and popular is with hidden compartment jewellery, like these pieces by Ashes With Art.
This jewellery looks like any other piece, but it has a small secret hidden within. A small hollow compartment houses the ashes and then is permanently sealed. There are also options to have the ashes added to glass gems which are ideal for earrings, rings, necklaces and cufflinks.
How is memorial jewellery made?
This all depends on the type of jewellery chosen. The best cremation jewellery is made from precious metals such as gold, silver or platinum. This will ensure the jewellery is long-lasting and cannot be damaged by water or sun exposure.
Memorial jewellery with a hidden compartment is handcrafted and then the ashes are sealed inside. Glass gem jewellery is made by melting glass and adding the ashes before shaping and polishing the glass into a gem. And finally, some companies can turn human ashes into a diamond, but this process is very expensive.
Who can wear memorial jewellery?
Memorial jewellery is suitable for anyone who wishes to keep their loved one close. Jewellery is incredibly versatile and can be worn by men and women. If there are limitations on what you can wear to work, you might want to select something discreet like a pendant that can be worn under clothes.
As there are so many types of cremation jewellery available, you will be able to select a piece that reflects your style.
How long does memorial jewellery last?
If you choose the right type of memorial jewellery, it can last a lifetime or longer. Many people are choosing to create family heirloom pieces of jewellery containing ashes and precious stones like diamonds. By choosing long-lasting materials like silver, gold and platinum, memorial jewellery will last a very long time. These materials are easy to care for and suitable for wearing every day.
What to consider when buying memorial jewellery
If you decide you would like to create a piece of memorial jewellery, you will first need to decide if you want an item you wear for special occasions or one for everyday wear. If it is for everyday wear, choose something made from durable material like silver or platinum.
Next, think about any restrictions you have on wearing jewellery for your work or hobbies. For example, a doctor might choose a pendant necklace over a ring as they won’t be able to wear this for work.
Next, think about your style. Do you prefer bold and bright statement jewellery? Or would you rather wear pieces that are sleek and modern? There are so many options available that you should be able to find something that suits your tastes.
And finally, think about what item would bring you the most comfort. A special ring might bring you comfort on your wedding day, while cufflinks might help you to feel closer to your loved one during big life events.