A very popular trend today is to have a portion of the cremated remains used to make cremation or keepsake jewelry. Necklaces, lockets, pendants, rings, charms, beads, key chains…the options are almost endless. Cremation jewelry can be of special significance to the family of the deceased, since each family member gets to keep a tiny part of their loved one’s ashes, preserved as a wearable piece of art. It gives them the peace of mind that no matter where they are, their loved one can always be with them.
Cremation jewelry is a special type of memorial jewelry which includes a small amount of the cremated remains (ashes) of the deceased. The term “cremation jewelry” refers to any jewelry that either is made from the ashes, or acts as a holder to contain a small amount of the cremated remains of either a human or pet. The jewelry is very discreet and resembles normal jewelry, thus concealing the fact that the jewelry actually contains ashes.
The styles and designs of cremation jewelry include, but are not limited to, 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 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 are most often made from glass, but porcelain or ceramic may also be used. A small portion of the ashes are mixed in with the glass during the bead forming process. This results in a bead which contains the ashes as part of the matrix. The bead can be worn as either a charm or a pendant.
There are two general categories of cremation jewelry: standard cremation jewelry and cremation jewelry created from the actual cremated remains. Standard cremation jewelry is when the ashes are placed inside the actual jewelry. A small screw is removed which provides an opening for a tiny portion of the cremated remains to be filled. Once the ashes have been inserted, the screw is replaced. If standard cremation jewelry is purchased from a funeral home, the staff can place the cremated remains inside the jewelry for you. If you purchase the jewelry 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. In turn, they will forward your 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.
The cost of cremation jewelry can vary and is determined by the materials used to create each piece. Jewelry made from brass can cost as little as $50, whereas jewelry that is gold-plated can cost upwards to $300. Artist-created jewelry can cost several hundred dollars. Crystals made from cremated remains can cost from $500 to well over a thousand dollars, depending on the size and color of the crystal. Likewise, diamonds made from ashes can range in price from $3,000 to nearly $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. A growing number of mass manufacturers and individual artisans now offer cremation jewelry, and there are several online companies who can assist you with your questions and your purchase. By simply searching “cremation jewelry” online, you will receive thousands of results.