Memorial Jewelry: A Beautiful Way to Remember
In the Victorian era (1837 – 1901), mourning jewelry was a common way to memorialize a loved one. The fashion was popularized by Queen Victoria, who was so devastated by her husband Prince Albert’s death, that she wore mourning clothes for the remainder of her life.
Queen Victoria favoured jet mourning jewelry, which was deep black – a representation of grief – and quite expensive, so it did double-duty as a status symbol for widows. Victorian mourning jewelry also took the form of bracelets, necklaces, and rings made from woven hair of the deceased. Lockets and cameos, featuring the loved one’s portrait, were another way to remember someone.
Today, cremation and memorial jewelry is making a comeback. As a companion to the comfort provided by a funeral service and the lasting memorial of a cemetery burial, jewelry provides a unique way to hold a loved one in your thoughts.
There are several different types of cremation and memorial jewelry available:
- Cremation jewelry, which includes a small compartment designed to hold a token amount of cremated remains. Note that you should always order a piece designed specifically for this purpose – it is not a good idea to try and retrofit existing jewelry. A cremation urn is used to hold the remainder of the cremated remains.
- Cremation diamonds, which are created by extracting the carbon from cremated remains and compressing the carbon under very high pressure and heat until it turns into a man-made diamond.
- Fingerprint jewelry, which features the engraved fingerprint of a loved one, providing a tactile and highly personalized piece.
Memorial jewelry is available in many themes, shapes and sizes. From crosses and pendants, to rings and charm bracelets, virtually every type of jewelry is available, in styles for men and women. Photo and text engraving can further personalize the piece.
Memorial jewelry also makes a thoughtful gift for family members and friends, providing a fashionable and lasting remembrance.