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Can You Make Jewelry From a Loved Ones Ashes?

Turning ashes into jewelry

Losing those closest to you can be absolutely heart-wrenching. Some people will choose to be buried in a place that they can be easily found and visited. Others will go the cremation route. When people are cremated their ashes are generally scattered in a place that they enjoyed, or placed in an urn to continue existing in the family home (in at least some form).

What if I told you that it's perfectly possible to keep your beloved family member next to you at all times? Cremation jewelry is jewelry made from the ashes of a loved one. There are multiple methods and price points to consider, and we'll have a look at each type of preservation currently available. I understand perfectly how it feels to not be quite ready to let go, and the good news is now you don't really need to.

There are some studies that criticize cremation jewelry as a crutch that won't allow the grieving process to be completed, but I'm not here to question the morality of cremation jewelry. There are billions of people on the planet, and what doesn't work for one might be exactly what the next person needs in order to feel complete. You know yourself better than any study, so don't feel shame if you need this.

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Care for their memory

It doesn't matter which form of cremation jewelry is your favorite, but you should honor the memory of those passed by taking the utmost care of the jewelry that they gave a part of themselves to create. Simple Shine has an ultrasonic hands-free jewelry cleaner that will get those memorial jewelry pieces looking right. If you've sprung for a cremation diamond it's a great idea to keep it bright and shiny with a portable diamond cleaning stick.

Standard Jewelry

The standard cremation jewelry has been around for a very long time. It consists of a small container that can be filled with a small amount of the deceased's ashes. Generally it comes with some funnels and screws to assist you in transferring some of the ashes without worrying about a spill. Once the jewelry is full, the screws are used to hold it completely closed.

This handy little container can be an actual phial or miniature urn, but it might also be something tiny such as a bead. Basically anything that can be hollowed out and hold ashes makes a fantastic piece of standard cremation jewelry. Wear it on a necklace, ring, or bracelet and be reminded of the good times every single time you look down and catch a glimpse of it.

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Custom Jewelry

Only slightly more expensive than the standard cremation jewelry solution, custom jewelry is probably the most appealing solution in my personal opinion. How does the process work? Well, first you'll choose from either new or recycled glass, new glass can be tinted a variety of colors while recycled glass is a rather lovely green. Then the glass is heated to nearly 2000 degrees Fahrenheit and a small amount of ash is added to the glass.

This liquid glass mixture is so hot that it will actually burn the carbon off any ashes added to it. The result is a very striking white color that will streak through your chosen glass color. While custom cremation jewelry can be worn on its own I'd suggest placing a layer of protection around it. Small plastic spheres work wonders for keeping safe what is probably your most sentimental piece of jewelry.

Cremation Diamonds

Without a doubt this is the coolest method around, but it can cost an arm and a leg as can be seen with a quick visit to LifeGem's cremation diamond pricing page. Still, it might be worth the cost to some and the fact that you can choose which color diamond you'd like to end up as is extremely fascinating to me. So how does the process work?

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First a small amount of ashes is taken, how much depends on the size of the diamond. After the cremation process human body contains enough purified carbon to create one diamond about 1.4 carats in size. Most of the carbon being burnt off in the form of carbon dioxide. These ashes are then heated up to over 5000 degrees Fahrenheit. At these temperatures everything is oxidized apart from the carbon.

This carbon will continue being heated until it turns to graphite. Once this occurs the graphite is placed in a compression chamber along with a small seed diamond to be compressed and heated up again, this time to around 2500 Fahrenheit. After this process is completed, the graphite is set aside and given around two weeks to complete the crystallization.

Are cremation diamonds real diamonds then?

They have the same chemical composition as a 'real' diamond. They can be GIA and IGI certified. So I would say, absolutely. Cremation diamonds are nearly identical to natural diamonds. The fact that they're man-made might decrease their price in some way, but I doubt you'll ever sell it as the sentimental value is completely and utterly priceless.


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