If you are having a loved one cremated, you might be wondering how to handle the remains. One way to use the remains in a memorable way is by having cremation jewelry made. You can make one item for yourself or multiple items for the deceased's closest relatives. Here are some different types of cremation jewelry to consider.
One type of jewelry you can have made with the ashes of a loved one is a custom pendant. This is a good option when you want something custom-made just for you. You can have a jewelry designer create an item for you, where they add some ashes to the metal before it is cast, or you can have a locket with ashes inside that is then soldered shut. Choose a heart-shaped locket or a basic round pendant. Have it engraved with anything you like, such as a quote the person often said, or their name and date of birth and death.
If you want something that is easier to make and costs less, you can use an ash holder for your cremation jewelry. This includes a small bottle or bobble with a little stopper to hold the ashes inside. They are small enough to work as a pendant or a dangling bead on a bracelet or keychain. You can put a small amount of ashes inside the bottle, providing enough left for all your family and friends to have one. You also have more flexibility with the type of jewelry to add it to.
Custom-Made Beads and Charms
Another option available, if you want a little more flexibility with the type of jewelry you can create with the ashes, is having a bead or charm made. Consult a jewelry designer that makes custom beads or charms and ask them to make some with the ashes. You can make a string of beads to create a bracelet or necklace, have a single metal charm made to be added to a keychain or a couple of charms for earrings, or have multiple beads and give each custom bead with ashes to each member of the family.
It is a good idea to ask your other loved ones if they also want some cremation jewelry items to be made. Only a small amount of the person's ashes are needed for each jewelry piece, pendant, or bead, so there should be enough to make something for everyone. It allows people to have something memorable belonging to their loved one, which they can wear right next to their heart.
If you have any questions about the cremation process, consider contacting a local service, such as Catchen Don & Son Funeral Home, for more information.