Ashes into Art: What Is Cremation Jewellery?

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November 23, 2023
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At any given day, at any given moment, someone in the world loses a loved one.

Whether it’s the loss of a spouse, a child, a parent, or a close friend, few things compare to the pain of losing someone you love.

While there’s no way to avoid the often-overwhelming feelings of grief, there are however ways in which you can express your devotion to the relationship you shared with your loved one.

One of these ways is with ‘Cremation Jewellery’.

What is Cremation Jewellery?

Also known as keepsake jewellery, memorial jewellery, or ashes jewellery, ‘cremation jewellery’ is a way to honour and remember someone you’ve lost with a personalised piece of jewellery.

Best described as an urn that you can wear and keep with you no matter where you go, most cremation jewellery is designed to hold a very small portion of your loved one’s ashes.

Cremation Jewellery Without Ashes

For those who don’t wish to place ashes inside cremation jewellery, these pieces can also be used to preserve other memorial materials such as a photograph, a lock of hair, sand from a favourite beach, a piece of clothing, or even soil from a loved one’s gravesite.

Generally appearing as a small locket or keepsake, cremation jewellery is usually worn as a necklace, with the associated symbolism of holding the memory of your loved one close to your heart.

The History of Cremation Jewellery

Although cremation jewellery is now seeing a recent rise in popularity as a way to cherish and remember a loved one, the tradition of wearing ‘mourning jewellery’ can in fact be dated as far back as the Middle Ages.

At the time, skull and bone motifs on the jewellery served as a tangible reminder of loved ones who had passed on, as well as the broader mortality of human life.

The Latin term for this type of jewellery, ‘memento mori’ – literally translating to “remember death” – also urged the wearer to live a moral life.

Types of Cremation Jewellery

Just like regular precious jewellery, cremation jewellery can come in many different shapes, designs, and sizes – below are some of the most common styles:

Classic Cremation Jewellery

Classic cremation jewellery tends to take the form of a traditional necklace, with the addition of a hidden vial which is used to place the cremated remains. Most classic cremation jewellery styles include a small funnel and a threaded screw used to secure the ashes.

Cremation Glass Jewellery

Cremation glass jewellery is made by infusing a small amount of cremated remains with molten glass, adding a brilliant white colour to the glass. This glass can then be made into any kind of jewellery such as pendants, rings, and earrings.

Cremation Diamonds

Cremation diamonds are lab-made diamonds created from the ashes of a loved one. This process of turning ashes into diamonds – also called carbon conversion – was first developed in the 1970s and involves using intense pressure and heat to convert the carbon in the ashes into a diamond. These diamonds can then be used to create any kind of cremation jewellery, including diamond rings, necklaces, and earrings.

Cremation Jewellery in Dublin

At Martin Gear Jewellers, we feature a beautiful range of cremation jewellery designed to keep your loved one’s remains close to your heart, wherever you go. Rest assured, we also make sure to treat all ashes in a professional and considerate manner when sealing them within their vials.

For more information on our cremation jewellery, or to enquire about a custom cremation jewellery piece, simply call us on (01) 872 8726 or visit us in store.

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