Cremation jewellery is a beautiful way to memorialise a loved one and keep them close to you, whether it be in a necklace for ashes, a cremation ring, or some other type of memorial or keepsake jewellery.
This guide sets out everything you need to know if you are thinking about buying cremation jewellery, including:
- What is cremation jewellery?
- Different styles of cremation jewellery
- Cremation jewellery for men
- Choice of materials and price ranges
- How to fill keepsake jewellery
For more ideas on how to memorialise a loved one, see our article on 15 Unique and Meaningful Memorial Service Ideas.
General information on cremations:
1. What is cremation jewellery?
Cremation jewellery – otherwise known as keepsake jewellery, memorial jewellery or jewellery for ashes – is jewellery that either has a small compartment that can be filled with ashes, or that is handcrafted to incorporate the ashes directly into the jewellery’s construction.
What can you fill keepsake jewellery with?
Keepsake jewellery doesn’t necessarily have to be filled with ashes. It’s really up to you to decide what you want to do with it. Common ideas for filling memorial jewellery include:
- Dried petals from the funeral flowers
- Soil from the burial site
- Sand from a favourite beach
- Earth from where ashes were scattered
2. Different styles of cremation jewellery
Just like regular jewellery, cremation jewellery comes in many different shapes, sizes and designs. Below are some of the most common styles.
Necklace for ashes
Necklaces for ashes can be designed so that you can clearly see a vial that is holding ashes, or more discretely where the container looks like an ordinary pendant or locket with a hidden mechanism for putting ashes into the jewellery.
Memorial necklace with vial for ashes
Silver pendant for ashes
Heart locket for ashes
Bracelet for ashes
Like necklaces, bracelets can have lockets or pendants for ashes which hang off the chain or wire. Alternatively, they can take the shape of a cuff bracelet with a small compartment at one end that can be filled with ashes.
Stainless steel cuff bracelet for ashes
Charm bracelet with urn pendant for ashes
Cremation rings for ashes
Cremation rings come in a number of styles, with the main difference being how they are constructed. Some include a small compartment which can be filled with ashes. Others are handcrafted to incorporate the ashes in the jewellery itself.
Cremation ring with urn compartment for ashes
Cremation ring with ashes set in the resin
Cremation ring with ashes hammered into the steel
If jewellery isn’t your thing, you might think about a cremation keyring. Keyrings include a miniature urn or vial that can be filled with ashes.
Stainless steel cremation keyring with vial
3. Cremation jewellery for Men
Memorial jewellery isn’t just for women. There are a number of designs and styles that are also available for men.
Bullet cremation necklace for men
Cremation bracelet for men
4. Choice of materials and price ranges
Cremation jewellery is available in a wide range of different materials. The choice of material is generally the main determinant of price.
Below we have set out examples of different materials that are commonly used along with their estimated starting prices – from the cheapest cremation jewellery options to the most expensive.
Stainless steel cremation necklace (Price: $30+)
Stainless steel is a cheap option for memorial jewellery that is highly durable for everyday wear.
Glass cremation necklace (Price: $40+)
Glass is an interesting option for keepsake jewellery as the contents of the container are clearly visible from the outside.
Sterling silver cremation necklace (Price: $120+)
Sterling silver is an elegant metal that has a much lighter, higher shine than steel but is more durable than pure silver, making it appropriate for regular wear.
Solid 14k gold cremation necklace (Price: $800+)
Gold is one of the most elegant and expensive options for cremation jewellery. The price will vary depending on whether the gold is solid and its purity. 14k gold for example, will be cheaper and more durable than 24k gold.
Turning ashes into diamonds (Price: $4,000 – $30,000)
Unlike the other materials outlined above, cremation diamonds are actual diamonds made from human ashes or hair. It’s a unique and lasting way to memorialise a loved one. The diamonds can be personalised by colour, cut, and carat.
To turn ashes into diamonds, you will need to send a specialist company approximately 2/3 cup of ashes. The ashes are then placed in a High-Pressure Temperature Machine, where they are subjected to the same conditions that create diamonds naturally in the earth – specifically over 60,000 atmospheres of pressure and temperatures of over 2000°C.
The process of turning ashes into diamonds can take between 70 – 150 days, depending on the type and size of diamond you are having made.
5. How to fill keepsake jewellery
When you purchase a piece of cremation jewellery, you should also receive a small screwdriver (to open the urn compartment) and a funnel.
The easiest way to fill cremation jewellery is to use a teaspoon to pick up a small amount of the ashes and use a toothpick to push the finest and smallest ashes off the spoon and into the funnel.
Keep in mind that the compartments for most keepsake jewellery pieces are only very small and designed to only carry a minute fraction of the ashes. Also remember that you should not wear your jewellery while showering or in the water.
We hope you have found this guide to keepsake jewellery for ashes helpful. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us by leaving a message in the comments section below or at email@example.com
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