From the Ashes: Memorial Gems and Crystals

For those of us who want to scatter the remains, but want to still keep some back as a memento of those we’ve lost, there are other options other than the traditional urn. While thumbprint jewelry and other memorial jewelry exist, for those who want something a little more subtle, there are memorial gems and crystals. This unique jewelry allows you to create a beautiful memorial of your loved one. This style of cremation jewelry will instantly become an heirloom for generations to come.

This option is becoming more and more popular among memorial options by creating a one of a kind memorial of the loved one who has passed. Cremation gems are lab grown and include the ashes in the process. All sorts of crystals and gemstones can be made this way, including diamonds! While a more expensive option, there is no doubt that it is an extremely unique option to memorialize someone. Additionally, creating a cremation diamond is a long process and can take upwards to a year to create. Unlike memorial diamonds, the crystals are made by infusing a combination of glass with the ashes, and while it makes a crystal that is softer than diamond, they do normally hold up extremely well, thus letting the memorial jewelry become an heirloom if you so choose. When working with a funeral director who offers this service, each piece is created by hand and is given a personal touch with your specifications in mind.

Whether you go with a piece of cremation jewelry to have a subtle memorial option for your loved one or you go with the more traditional memorial urn or scattering, Memorial Gallery is honored to serve your family.

What is Cremation Jewelry?

Death is not extinguishing the light; it is putting out the lamp before dawn has come.
– R. Tagore

Cremation jewelry, also known as memorial jewelry, is a beautiful and intimate way that people choose to memorialize a loved one. Cremation jewelry usually takes different forms, but is commonly done as bracelets, pendants, or rings. This jewelry is often worn or displayed and is becoming a popular option amongst the growing trend of cremation options available for memorializing loved ones who have passed. This is usually done when the family keeps a small portion of the ashes after the cremains are buried or scattered. Cremation jewelry is very similar to normal jewelry outside of an inner chamber, similar to a locket, to hold the cremains.

Cremation jewelry is usually prepared from different materials and can even include precious or semi-precious stones. Sometimes, you can even have the ashes made into different gems or colored glass as part of the jewelry. This jewelry can become a family keepsake to help remember the lost and even become an heirloom in time. Cremation jewelry itself has been around since the Victorian Era. In the 18th and 19th century, friends of the bereaved often presented gifts, such as memorial jewelry, or keepsake urns, featuring symbols of loss or the person’s birth and death date.

Memorial jewelry isn’t for everyone. For those looking towards this option, it is a unique way to keep those we’ve lost close to us not only in spirit, but also physically. However, the versatility of memorial jewelry is very high, you can choose to wear the piece or to display it, whatever you feel most comfortable doing. It is a much more unique way of memorializing your loved one than the traditional urn, and while some may not choose to memorialize someone this way, others find it as a beautiful and subtle way to remember those we have lost.

Whatever your choice may be, we at Memorial Gallery have many different options in how you can choose to memorialize the memories of those you’ve lost. Our caring staff are more than willing to help you through this tough time and will answer any questions and concerns you may have discreetly and with the utmost care.

Rise of Cremation Rates Creates New Memorial Options

I’ve heard many different reasons why cremation rates are on the rise. From shifting demographics to the increasing transient nature of our society. However, looking for the root cause has not lead to a solution, what needs to change is the perception of why this shift is happening. Families are not looking for the cheapest or most extravagant option but are looking for the option that will give them the most value from their own perspective. The challenge for the memorial industry comes from the consumer not knowing what they want or need when it comes to memorial options, which, in turn, makes them focus on price.

A Shift to Cremation

Up until 1965, cremation had stayed steady at a rate of about 4% per year. Since then, the rate of cremation has since skyrocketed to around 40% per year, and is predicted to reach nearly 60% by 2025. Numerous factors have contributed to this rise in cremation, most notably are the increased economic restraints on most families. With funeral costs rising higher and higher, people are looking for an alternative that allows them to celebrate their loved one’s life and honor their memory.

New Memorial Options

Angel Wing Cremation Jewelry Pendant

With this shift towards more cremations, the options to personalize how you are memorialized has grown with it. While the standard cremation urn or vase used to showcase on a shelf is still available, other options have begun to appear as well. People have used the ashes to create cremation jewelry such as necklaces or rings, by having the ashes pressed into crystal or gems. They have also spawned more green alternatives in the form of biodegradable urns or being used as part of the soil in a tree planting. People have also had their loved one’s fingerprints etched into sterling silver or gold pendants that can be worn. However, those still looking for burial can do it

With the rise of cremation, it has given people more options to choose from in how they wish to be memorialized. This personal touch allows those looking for alternative ways of being remembered and won’t have to break the bank to do it. Additionally, this will allow them to choose something important to them and will have a lasting impact and stronger memory for the one’s they left behind.