Cremation jewelry is a way of memorializing a loved one that allows mourners to carry a small bit of the deceased’s ashes with them wherever they go. There are a number of different ways of making cremation jewelry. No matter which someone chooses the result is a lovely piece of jewelry that either contains ashes or was made from the ashes of someone very close to the wearer.
Types of Cremation Jewelry
There are a few basic types of cremation jewelry, differentiated by the way the ashes are treated and included in the jewelry’s design process.
This is the most common, and least costly type of cremation jewelry. It involves sealing in the ashes of the deceased into a small cavity inside of a locket, bauble or charm, which is then hung as a pendant from a necklace or bracelet. In essence, the wearer carries a miniature urn with them made to resemble a fine piece of jewelry.
Instead of carrying the ashes inside a pendant, jewelry makers can mold the ashes directly into the jewelry’s structure. This allows a much wider range of design possibilities.
These have only been possible within the last decade or so. The process involved is the same one used to create regular man-made diamonds. However, the carbon which is converted into a diamond comes directly from the cremains of the deceased.
Filling Memorial Jewelry
If you choose a miniature urn, or pendant-style piece of jewelry you may need to add the ashes yourself. This isn’t a difficult procedure, as the amount of ashes required is minimal, so the chance of accidents is low.