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.

Fingerprint Jewelry: A Personal and Poignant Memorial

Fingerprints are like snowflakes, no two are the same. And when they are gone, there will never again be another. Capture the unique fingerprint or paw-print of a loved one as an enduring symbol of all that made them unique and special.

Okay, so lets say you’ve decided to have a piece of fingerprint jewelry created for you. Now what? Step number one is to capture a high-quality print. Remember that the detail of the finished piece of jewelry will be limited by the quality of the fingerprint provided. There are three ways to capture prints.

First, there is the good old fashioned ink print. Any black ink pad will work. Remember that a light touch with a moderate amount of ink produces the best prints. Take several impressions until you achieve the result you are looking for. To submit ink prints, scan them at the highest resolution you can, attach them to an email and send them to us.

The second method to capture a print is to use a digital scanner designed specifically for this purpose. Most funeral homes have these devices and are happy to take a print at little or no charge. The quality of the print produced by these scanners is very good. The scanner will produce a graphic file that can be emailed to us.

The third way to capture prints is by taking a high-resolution close-up photo. This is the best way to capture the paw-prints and nose-prints of pets. It does not work well for people prints. They lack the contrast necessary to separate the print elements from the surrounding area.

No matter how you take the prints, it is a good idea to send several options. The person who will be working with your prints is a skilled and experienced professional graphic artist and print making technician. They will pick out the print that will produce the best finished product.

We hope you have found this helpful. If you have any questions about personalized fingerprint jewelry please give us a call or shoot us an email.

We look forward to working with you!

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.