Cremation or memorial jewelry, in which a portion of a loved one’s cremated remains are kept, is a way to honor and remember a loved one in a deeply personal way.
There are myriad options, including necklaces, lockets, pendants, rings, charms, beads, and keychains. It allows each family member to keep part of their loved one’s ashes, preserved as a wearable piece of art. It gives them the peace of mind that their loved one can always be with them.
Cremation jewelry can be either made from ashes or a container for a small amount of the cremated remains.
The styles and designs of cremation jewelry include hearts, cylinders, religious symbols, and works of art. Materials used to make memorial and cremation jewelry include gold, sterling silver, copper, brass, stainless steel, glass, wood, crystal, pewter, titanium, porcelain, and ceramic.
Cremation Urn Jewelry
Cremation urn jewelry refers to a tiny hollow vessel or decorative container that holds a bit of the ashes and can be worn like regular jewelry. Using a small funnel, the miniature container is filled with the ashes and then sealed off at the top.
Memorial beads are generally handmade, and most often made from glass, porcelain, or ceramic. A small portion of the ashes are mixed in with the glass during the bead-forming process. This results in a bead that contains the ashes. The bead can be worn as a charm or pendant.
Types of Cremation Jewelry
There are two general types of cremation jewelry: jewelry in which ashes are placed, or created from the cremated remains. When ashes are placed inside a piece of jewelry, a small screw is removed, which provides an opening for the cremated remains. Once the ashes have been inserted, the screw is replaced.
If cremation jewelry is purchased from a funeral home, the staff can place the cremated remains inside the jewelry for you. If you purchase from a company specializing in cremation jewelry, they will send you a kit with step-by-step instructions on how to fill the jewelry, along with the purchased merchandise.
Cremation jewelry made from ashes can be transformed into cremation crystals and cremation diamonds. A portion of the ashes will be sent to the company providing this service, and they will send the jewelry to you once the process has been complete. This method is more expensive and time-consuming. The process of creating cremation diamonds can take as long as a year.
Cost of Cremation Jewelry
The cost of cremation jewelry can vary, depending on size, materials used, and how elaborate the piece is. Jewelry made from brass can cost as little as $50, while jewelry that is gold-plated can cost $300 or more. Artist-created jewelry can cost several hundred dollars. Crystals made from cremated remains can cost from $500 to well over $1,000, depending on the size and color of the crystal. Likewise, diamonds made from ashes can range in price from $3,000 to $20,000. Again, this depends on the size, color, and vendor.
As the cremation rate continues to rise, interest in cremation jewelry is also increasing. You may be able to purchase cremation jewelry from your local funeral home or cremation service. A growing number of companies and individual artisans now offer crafted cremation jewelry.