Your Questions About Cremation Jewelry, Answered

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Alecia Milano
Posted by Alecia Milano on February 21, 2024

Losing a loved one is a deeply personal experience and finding ways to keep their memory alive is something many of us cherish.  

With the cremation rate continuing to rise, families often turn to cremation jewelry as a meaningful way to honor those they have lost. In this blog post, we explain the significance of cremation jewelry and answer some of the most common questions surrounding this memorialization option.  

Whether you're considering cremation jewelry for yourself or a loved one, we hope this resource will provide clarity and comfort during this sensitive time. 

What Is Cremation Jewelry? 

Cremation jewelry holds a unique place among memorial keepsakes, offering more than just a symbol of remembrance.  

Unlike traditional jewelry, it serves as a tangible connection to a departed loved one, holding a small portion of their essence within its design. This might include a small amount of cremated remains, a lock of hair, a fragment of a meaningful note or even a piece of fabric from a cherished garment. 

Cremation Jewelry Case

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What Types of Cremation Jewelry Are Available?  

The array of cremation jewelry offerings in today's market is as diverse as what you see with any other jewelry products. Crafted with care and consideration, these pieces come in a variety of styles and materials, each providing a unique way to honor and remember a loved one. 

Cremation Necklaces

Locket or pendant cremation necklaces are designed to hold the memory of a loved one close to your heart. Available in a multitude of shapes and sizes, these pieces can function as small urns to contain the remains of a cherished individual. 

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Cremation Bracelets

Cremation bracelets adorned with beads or charms provide another meaningful way to commemorate your loved one. These bracelets can hold cremated remains directly within the charms or incorporate decorations made from a small portion of the remains.

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Cremation Keychains

Cremation keychains offer a practical and portable way to carry the memory of a loved one wherever life takes you. Available in various shapes and styles, these keychains can be personalized with engravings and serve as a constant reminder of the cherished individual they represent.

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Cremation Earrings

Cremation earrings come in a variety of designs, from those made with glass, resin or gemstone decorations to those with small, visible compartments showcasing the cremated remains and gemstone fragments mixed in.

Cremation Jewelry White Earrings

Cremation Rings

Cremation rings can be personalized with glass or resin decorations, as well as gemstones created from cremated remains. Some individuals may even choose to replace the diamond in a family heirloom, engagement ring or wedding ring with something made from their loved one's cremated remains. These often need to be custom-ordered to accommodate unique sizing and style requirements.

Cremation Jewelry Ring

Other Cremation Memorials 

There are a number of other unique cremation memorials that are designed to keep your loved one close. In addition to cremation jewelry, the Milano Inspirations gift shop also carries picture frames and crucifixes for cremated remains. Visit the store or give us a call to learn more about our selection. 

What Is Cremation Jewelry Made Of? 

Cremation jewelry can be crafted from a variety of materials, each chosen for its durability, aesthetic appeal and ability to preserve the cremated remains of a loved one. Some of the most common materials used for cremation jewelry include: 

  • Metals: Metals such as gold, sterling silver, stainless steel, brass and titanium are frequently used in the construction of cremation jewelry.  
  • Glass and Resin: Glass and resin are often utilized to encapsulate and preserve cremated remains within cremation jewelry. 
  • Gemstones: Gemstones are another popular choice for cremation jewelry, either as decorative accents or as vessels to hold a small portion of cremated remains.  
  • Wood: Wood is often used in the creation of cremation jewelry for its natural beauty, warmth, and connection to the earth. Wooden jewelry pieces may feature compartments or chambers to hold cremated remains securely. 

How Many Ashes Can Cremation Jewelry Hold?   

Cremation jewelry is designed to hold a small portion of cremated remains, typically ranging from a fraction of a teaspoon to one cubic inch in volume. The specific capacity of each piece of jewelry can vary depending on its size, design and intended function. 

While some cremation jewelry pieces may feature a small compartment or urn-like chamber designed to hold a precise amount of cremated remains, others may incorporate the remains into the jewelry's construction. In these cases, the cremated remains are infused into materials such as glass, resin or gemstones. 


Is Cremation Jewelry Waterproof? 

The water resistance of cremation jewelry can vary depending on the specific design and materials used in its construction. While many types of cremation jewelry have some degree of water resistance, it's essential to use caution and care to ensure the longevity of your keepsake. 

In general, it's advisable to remove cremation jewelry before activities that involve prolonged exposure to water, such as swimming, bathing or showering. While some pieces may withstand brief encounters with water, prolonged exposure could potentially compromise the integrity of the jewelry or the materials containing the cremated remains. 


More Ways To Honor a Loved One After Cremation 

Curious about other options for memorializing a loved one after cremation? Our comprehensive cremation guide provides valuable insights and information to help you make informed decisions. Click here to download your free copy 

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