One lovely way to pay tribute to your loved one’s memory is to wear a beautiful piece of cremation jewelry that contains a small amount of cremated ash. While this concept may sound strange, it’s important to remember that the Victorians did something similar. However, instead of ashes, they carried locks of hair from their deceased loved ones.
Types of Cremation Jewelry
As more Americans choose to be cremated, more options for ashes are available. Here are some ways to incorporate cremated ashes into your everyday jewelry.
Jewelry that holds cremation ashes
One of the simplest ways to keep your loved one close is to purchase a piece of cremation jewelry (sometimes called urn jewelry). These pieces have small hidden receptacles that hold a tiny amount of ash. They come in a variety of styles and price points. While necklaces are popular, you can also buy a cremation ring to hold a tiny bit of cremains.
Urn jewelry typically includes instructions on filling the piece and small tools to simplify the process.
Cremation crystals or beads are made by melting down the glass and mixing in a minuscule portion of your loved one’s ashes. Some companies allow you to choose the crystal’s color, shape, and size. And you can use the glass beads to create a piece of memorial jewelry that suits your style.
While some urn pendants are meant to honor the life of someone who died, a cremation gemstone does not look like a piece of cremation jewelry. Only you will know that the stone on your ring or bracelet was made in a special way.
At the top end of the cremation jewelry spectrum is the cremation diamond.
Sometimes called a memorial diamond, it is grown from the carbon extracted from your loved one’s cremated remains. As you can imagine, the process of growing a diamond is complex and expensive. It takes months and costs thousands of dollars.
Most companies allow you to set the diamond in rose gold, yellow gold, white gold, or sterling silver. You may also choose to have the cremation ring engraved with your loved one’s initials. Having a diamond made from ashes is a unique way to keep your loved one’s memory alive for generations – as the piece will indeed become a family heirloom. And like the gemstones created using a tiny bit of ash, the origins of your diamond ring will be your secret that you can choose to share – or not.
Questions About Cremation? Ask the Professionals at Alabama Funeral Homes
We know you probably have many questions about end-of-life issues – other than the different styles of cremation rings or bracelets. You may be at the beginning of the grieving process and looking for a full-service funeral home in Alabama.
Whether your loved one wanted a traditional funeral followed by the cremation or direct cremation, Alabama Funeral Homes can help. Learn about our services by visiting our website or contacting our caring, compassionate professionals. We offer immediate need and pre-need packages.