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Memorial and Cremation Jewelry: Ideas to Remember a Loved One

Updated on March 21, 2015

Following the death of a loved one, we seek out ways to remember, honor and treasure their memory in a lasting and significant way. Wearing jewelry specially designed for the bereaved provides a comfortable way to remember a loved one. Many people wear memorial or cremation jewelry in the form of pendants, bracelets or pins. They can contain inspirational poetry, a meaningful verse of scripture or a memento of a loved one.

Cremation jewelry is a more recent trend, and the designs vary from simple to elaborate. They are usually cylinder or locket shaped pieces made of silver, gold or glass that contain a small portion of the cremated remains of a loved one. Wearing jewelry like this may not be for everyone, but for many people, the idea is comforting.

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Carbon Gem Jewelry

Another option is having a gemstone made containing your loved one’s carbon. These are created using either the cremated remains, or a lock of hair, if your loved one was buried. They are called Life Gems and are actually synthetic diamonds made from your loved one’s carbon. They stones can be made colorless or in various hues, including blue, red, yellow or green. The gem can then be placed in the setting of your choice. For more information about Life Gems, see www.lifegems.com.

When the grieving process comes to a conclusion of sorts and the bereaved find acceptance with the passing of someone dear to them, they often conclude that the person is only truly lost to them if they are not remembered. As long as they are remembered in a way that is comfortable and significant, the love that was shared is kept alive.

There are many different ways to treasure the memory of a loved one and finding the right way for each individual is important. Memorial and cremation jewelry allows you to preserve their memory and wear a lasting tribute to your lost loved one.

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      masonjoe29 

      7 years ago

      Reading through the comments, I had heard about Life Gems before and had never considered the reality of losing the diamond. My wife actually lost the diamond out of her engagement ring a couple of years back and was devastated. Her grandmother passed and I have been researching ideas on how to help her with her grief and find some sort of memento if you will that would keep a part of her grandmother with her. I came across a couple of ideas outside of the pendants and found this bracelet http://www.jewelrykeepsakes.com/silver-bright-hear... I'm trying to figure out about how much ashes it will hold because it doesn't look like a lot but in the big scheme of things I guess you don't really need that much. I feel better with her having something substantial on her wrist in lieu of a necklace especially after reading the comments above. Good info - thanks!

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      amy jane 

      7 years ago from Connecticut

      Cadence, that is a really good point. I never considered the possibility of losing the jewelery, which for me would be very likely! I think it would be difficult to not be upset over losing it. Something to think about before purchasing- thank you for bringing that up.

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      cadence_ward 

      8 years ago from Florida

      I've read about the diamonds from loved ones before. I like the idea but have a fear that if I were to ever get these done I would be petrified of losing it - it would be great to carry a piece and reminder of that person with me for the rest of my life. We just have to keep perspective that if we were to ever lose that diamond or that memento, that we don't beat ourselves up over it. Because there is no way you could get that significance back in an item you can buy.

    • amy jane profile imageAUTHOR

      amy jane 

      9 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks Nancy! There are so many beautiful options in cremation jewelry and it is a wonderful way to honor a loved one. Thanks for reading. :)

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      Nancy W. 

      9 years ago

      I think that cremation jewelry is a great special way to help deal with the loss of a loved one. There are so many beautiful designs available - and in a lot of different mediums. Blown glass jewelry with ashes, ashes made into diamonds by extracting carbon from cremains, and jewelry even modeled from a strand of DNA.

      A background on cremation jewelry's history can be found at http://www.cremationjewelry.com. Some of the craftsmanship on pieces made in the Victorian era are fascinating.

    • amy jane profile imageAUTHOR

      amy jane 

      9 years ago from Connecticut

      Thank you myfavjewel for the additional recommendation. It's great to have so many options to consider when choosing memorial and cremation jewelery.

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      myfavejewel 

      9 years ago

      Another wonderful way to remember is having a Love Ashes memorial www.LoveAshes.com when my dog passed away I searched the internet looking for unique ideas to remember him, they all looked the same until I came across this Midwest company.

      The artist creates each piece by hand and they are all so unique, the prices are affordable and the service is outstanding.

      I recommend Love Ashes to anyone. Thank you.

    • amy jane profile imageAUTHOR

      amy jane 

      10 years ago from Connecticut

      Hi Doc Rich, I agree. I really like what Life Gems is doing. I think it is a lovely way to hold on to a loved one, without being to over the top. Thanks for reading and commenting. :)

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      Doc Rich 

      10 years ago

      Amy, I had read a news piece about Life Gems quite a while ago but had figured it was just a pr bit. It was great to read this company is alive and well and providing a great option for families. Thanks for putting your heart into this well written article.

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      amy jane 

      10 years ago from Connecticut

      Hi Sally, thanks so much for commenting, and I am so sorry for your loss. I am glad this has given you some ideas. I think it can be a really difficult decision, determining what to do with the remains of a loved one. I think the Victorian hair jewelery is a beautiful idea - thank you for sharing it (I have never heard of it before).

      Thanks again. :)

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      Sherri 

      10 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Amy, a wonderful hub, not to mention the comments from your readers.

      When we lose someone, or somepet, what do we do? I have pictures of my kitties, I have wonderful notes from friends and family, and I also have remains. One kitty is buried under the pine trees, another, I will have his ashes in a few days. My original thought was to bury his ashes under the pines with his sister. But I really like the idea of embedding the ashes into a piece of jewelry and wearing it.

      This idea is not so different from the Victorian practice of embedding the hair of a loved one (lost or living) into a piece of "hair jewelry" to be worn with love.

      Much food for thought here, and many options.

      Your fan, ST.

    • amy jane profile imageAUTHOR

      amy jane 

      10 years ago from Connecticut

      Wow, thank you for adding that! I had never heard of making jewelry from the flowers and I think that is a beautiful idea. Yes, certainly less morbid! :) There really are so many options to consider, and different things will appeal to different people. Thanks for reading and commenting! :)

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      Jewelry Memorials 

      10 years ago

      Another option is to take the flowers from the funeral or memorial service and have that created into a pendant, ring, or bracelet. Some people find this less "morbid" than using the cremains. We have created these for people who have lost their children, parents, grandparents DECADES ago because many people save a flower from the service. It's nice to see how many options there are for memorializing those we love!

    • amy jane profile imageAUTHOR

      amy jane 

      10 years ago from Connecticut

      Oh, funnebone, you are just a little twisted, but always very funny! :) Thanks for the comic relief...

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      funnebone 

      10 years ago from Philadelphia Pa

      I am just waiting for the release of cremation fillings...I had the mercury removed last year and would love to fill the cavity up with a memory.

    • amy jane profile imageAUTHOR

      amy jane 

      10 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks Naterider - it is surely a little different, and not for everyone! Thanks for reading and commenting! :)

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      NateRider 

      10 years ago from Missouri

      Very interesting. I'm not exactly sure it's what I would do, but then again, you never know what the future holds.

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      amy jane 

      10 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks so much, smallbizpro. I'm glad you found it interesting!

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      smallbizpro 

      10 years ago from Toronto, ON

      Hi Amy Jane,

      I agree with all the above comments - this is an incredibly unique way to remember loved ones, and something I would never even have thought of!

      Thank you for a very interesting (and superbly written) Hub.

    • amy jane profile imageAUTHOR

      amy jane 

      10 years ago from Connecticut

      Thank you, Georgia - i have never heard of a green funeral! You are right, the choices are so many, and the decisions usually have to be made when the family can hardly think clearly. It is interesting though. Thank you for reading. :)

      Hi TwoCansmom, i have been considering a memorial tatoo myself - I am having trouble deciding on a design, and I don't have any other tatoo's. so I am a little nervous about getting it! :) Your tatoo's sound beautiful. Thanks for reading!

      Thank you, joyradiantlife and msms, for your kind words. :)

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      joyradiantlife 

      10 years ago

      Food for thought. Interesting idea. I know of a few people that would appreciate the jewlery.

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      msms 

      10 years ago

      amy jane... It is a very sensitive area to write. You have handled it too well. Congrates Amy Jane

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      TwoCansMom 

      10 years ago

      I'm not a jewelry person so I went a different route. The two tattoos I have are hearts with the names of two beloved cats (T.C. and Secret). The artist who did oil paintings of them from photographs for me had been doing some research and found out that women are more likely to get memorial tattoos than men. As for me--I'm the ultimate recycler--my body is going to the University of California at Davis when I die (assuming I don't get run over by a semi!). Fascinating hub--thanks!

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      Georgiakevin 

      10 years ago from Central Georgia

      This is interesting for me. I spent a few years selling funeral insurance some years ago and was amazed at the different typs and ways people had funerals. This is another direction I never even considered. I recently became aware of green funerals and the other day disolving bodies. Now choices don't just exist for living folks but now there seems to be hundreds of choices for dead folks.

    • amy jane profile imageAUTHOR

      amy jane 

      10 years ago from Connecticut

      Thank you both for reading and commenting. It is a little different, for sure! I do think everyone finds their own way to honor some one they have lost and this is just one of the many options. :)

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      Stephanie Hicks 

      10 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Very unique I'm not sure its for me, but nice that the option is out there for people.

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      John Chancellor 

      10 years ago from Tennessee

      That a very interesting way to remember a loved one. Thanks for sharing.

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