The Passing of a Loved One

3 Ways To Get Your Loved One's Ashes Into Jewellery

26 April, 2017

Cremation jewellery has take the world by storm over the past decade. There are many cremation jewellery brands out there for people who choose an alternative way than scattering the ashes of their loved ones in the traditional ways. Keeping the ashes of their loved ones in jewellery creates a certain type of momentum that brings comfort and healing to people.

With tons of positive feedback about cremation jewellery products and thousands of satisfied customers, it's evident that people are not only seeing this as a trend - but also as a massive opportunity to keep their loved ones closer to them. In a society that is more mobile than ever, people rely on keeping everything with them.

Still, getting a loved one's ashes into jewellery is a mysterious topic for many people nowadays. And that is why today, we are listing the 3 best ways to make that happen.

1. DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Keepsake Ash Pendants

There are many tutorials and blogs that teach people how to open their jewellery and place their loved ones' ashes inside it. Typically, this happens with either using two fingers or a small screw and the top of the jewellery. Filling it in, on the other hand, can be done with the help of a small funnel. And when it comes to sealing the cremation jewellery, it is once again done either with two fingers or screws.

2. Ordering An Empty Piece Of Jewellery  and Having It Filled In

Another common alternative for people nowadays is ordering empty pieces of jewellery which are meant to have something inside them - and using them for the keepsake ashes of their loved ones or pets. As much as this is convenient for many people, it is not the perfect answer to the needs or is not a practical solution in most of the cases.

3. Custom Cremation Jewellery With Embroidered Details

The last and probably the most rational, delicate and custom example is cremation jewellery from brands that specialize in it. This choice basically lets people choose the type of cremation jewellery they want as well as customize it with text, numbers or any symbols or details that keep the memory of their loved ones alive.

At Cremation Jewellery, we pride ourselves on providing beautiful designs of all types of cremation pendants, rings, bracelets and urns. All of our products are custom engraved using traditional diamond-drag engraving and meant to keep the memory of your loved ones alive.

If you would like a custom engraving on your cremation jewellery item, a photo, an image or just text engraving then please contact us and we'll be very happy to help.

4 Helpful Ways To Cope With The Loss Of A Loved One

14 April, 2017

We all must accept the fact that at some point in life, we all lose someone we love. And even though this is one of the most difficult things that we can imagine, we must be able to cope in a way that is healthy for us, accept the pain and move on.

But how to do that?

1. Join the rituals

The memorial services, funerals and other traditions are meant to help people within the first few days and honour the person who died. Being in the presence of other people who knew the loved one can actually be comforting.

2. Be open with yourself and express your emotions

If you are feeling like you need a good cry, then do it. It will allow you to express your emotions and release them from you. Listening to sad songs can sometimes be comforting and bring back memories of the person you lost. After a while, everything will become less painful and you will learn to move on.

3. Talk about it

People who skip talking about the loved ones they lost can find coping with death harder. Telling stories of their loss and talking about your feelings will actually help you. However, if you don't want to talk about it - that is completely OK.

4. Preserve your memories

Creating tributes to the person who died like planting a tree in your garden or honoring them like taking part in a charity run or walk can be a great way to preserve your memories. Some people even make memory boxes or folders with things that remind them of their loved ones.

The Cremation Process: Explained

06 April, 2017

The Cremation Process: Explained

If you don't know what cremation refers to, it is basically the process of disposing a deceased person into ashes - and cremation has been used for thousands of years. And although in the beginning, cremation was a primitive process, it has risen over time into a more standardized and professional version. There are companies all around the world specialized in cremation as a process which takes less than 2 hours.

The process of cremation actually incorporates 3 stages:

Preparation of the body

The process of cremation starts when a funeral director obtains the authorization to cremate the decedent from the closest surviving family members, who are obliged to sign a document provided by the funeral home. Next is the preparation process that includes removing items that are not wished to be cremated such as jewellery, medical devices etc. The body is then placed into a cremation casket that is usually made of wood or crematic container.

The cremation

This starts when the body is placed in the cremation chamber (also known as retort), which is a chamber lined with fire resistant bricks on both the ceiling and walls. The floor, on the other hand, is made of special masonry compound that is able to withstand extremely high temperatures. Once the body is in - the door shuts and the burning begins at a temperature from 1800°F to 2000°F.

Processing the ashes

After 2 hours of incineration, the bone remains are the only things left along with the ashes that are collected and handled for further processing. Here, the crematory operator also removes all metal debris if found (screws, nails, surgical pins etc.) and the remaining bone fragments are then placed in a special processor that consists of a cylindrical container with motorized blades at the bottom of the unit - specialized in pulverizing the bone fragments to a fine powder called cremains or the actual ashes.

Finally, the ashes are placed in a plastic bag within a temporary cremation container or an urn.

It is now that you decide how best to honour your loved one, some people choose to scatter the ashes in a place special to the loved one; others may bury the ashes in a cemetery with a special plaque of remembrance, some will choose to keep the ashes closer to home and may buy a cremation urn which is personalised or which captures the essence of the loved one; and more often now, people will share the ashes amoung family members in a smaller sharing urn or in a cremation ash charm or pendant which they wear on a necklace.

The History Of Cremation Jewellery: How It All Started

05 April, 2017

The first known pieces of cremation jewellery date back to the beginning of humanity, where men wanted to hold a keepsake of their loved one and used everything from skin to nails, tears or even drops of blood behind plates. However, cremation jewellery has evolved over time and nowadays represents a more symbolic way to deal with the death of a loved one - and keep the memory long-lasting.

Losing a loved one is hard and we remember our loves in different ways.    In the Victorian era, people made family portraits whenever someone in their family died, with their loved one posing in the portrait. As this tradition died out the Victorians replaced this and cremation jewellery took its place.

However, the first pieces of cremated jewellery were not for ashes - they were in fact made from hair from the person who died. People would clip a piece of hair from the deceased and then have it woven into a bonnet that was given to the next of kin.  And for richer people the hair was placed into a glass locket - very similar to today's cremation jewellery for ashes.

The first cremated jewellery that actually included body remains was the form of woven hair pinned into rings, pendants or even pins. This practice was known as hair art and was developed into different forms of jewellery over time - including earrings, bracelets, necklaces and other decorative accessories made from human hair.

Soon though people started considering the things of the dead such as teeth, skin and nails as bad luck - they began carrying things like burial dirt, locks of hair or even cremated ashes of their loved ones. This was the actual starting point of cremation jewellery for ashes.

Nowadays, cremation ashes are used in everything from jewellery to paintings, or even skin tattoos - all in order to present a valuable keepsake of a loved one.

Share your Story

17 December, 2014

You can read the story of how I came to buy my first piece of Cremation Jewellery in the About Us section.

Sharing this story helps me to keep my dad close and alive in my memory.

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