Are you looking for a memorial glass signet ring to remember a loved one?
Memorial glass rings are a wonderful way to help celebrate the memory of a loved one. In fact, they’re the most popular item I make! They come in many forms, too – some are elegant and delicate, whilst other styles are chunkier and more contemporary.
If you’re looking for something a bit different from the norm, a signet ring could be a good choice for you. And there are plenty of options out there to choose from!
Below, I’m going to tell you a bit more about my own creation process that I’ve developed over years of experience, and why a cremation glass signet ring might be the best choice for you.
Why choose a memorial glass signet ring?
A memorial glass signet-style ring is more of a unisex option than the other memorial glass rings I sell. It’s also great if you’re looking for a contemporary ring that’s a bit different from the norm.
Although signet rings aren’t exactly new, this memorial glass twist is a way of incorporating your loved ones’ ashes into something you can wear every day. My customers often tell me it’s like their loved one is holding their hand. There’s also the option of engraving it with your own message.
One of my customers did just this very recently. Her son had been very upset about the loss of his dog, a little Jack Russell terrier. When he decided to get her cremated, he kept the ashes, and she used a tiny bit of them to get a gold signet ring made for him as a surprise.
He was over the moon, and now he wears his special ring every day – on his little finger. I find it really does bring my customers a great deal of comfort to have that one little thing to hold onto.
TIP: Our signet ring is quite a chunky design, and probably has a higher metal content than many other places, as we wanted it to have a luxury feel. You can choose from gold, white gold or sterling silver 925.
The creation process
Not every company will go through the same creation process I use. However, I wanted to give you a better idea of what’s involved when I create a signet ring for my customers:
Firstly, you choose which colour of signet ring you’d like. Options can be found either online or in your order pack – however some companies (including myself) will be able to offer custom colours upon request.
Then, I heat up the coloured glass to around 1500 – 1400 degrees, so it becomes almost like a sort of honey texture.
Next, I heat up a bit of metal, and add some molten glass, before covering it in coloured glass. I then delicately place the ashes onto the colour, and heat it up slowly bit by bit, before sealing with clear glass.
When the ashes are added to the glass, their form their own completely unique pattern. It’s safe to say no two rings are ever alike!
Afterwards, the glass sits in a kiln for around 24 hours, until it cools right back to room temperature. Then it’s ready for the next step!
Almost there. Next, I use diamond wheels to grind and polish the bottom, before our highly skilled goldsmiths and silversmiths work the glass into the metal using traditional techniques. Your signet ring is handmade to your specific size.
Once your signet ring is ready, I get in touch to let you know, and send you across your final invoice. Your ring is then sent out via recorded post.
How long does it take?
Memorial glass signet rings can usually take some of the larger companies up to 6 – 8 weeks to produce. I’d say this is because they process a lot of orders every week.
The good news is that there are some smaller cremation glass companies out there who can produce memorial glass rings quicker. They can also add a bit more of a personal touch, I find.
Having been in this business for over 20 years, I know it’s absolutely essential to have peace of mind. That’s why I endeavour to get ashes back to my customers without delay, and usually within two weeks. I also send them updates throughout the process.
How much does it cost?
A contemporary-style chunky memorial glass signet ring like mine should cost around £240 – £420, but the price will vary between different companies.
I always tell people to shop around carefully before settling on a ring they love, from an experienced company. Ideally, you should be able to speak to someone over the phone before placing your order.
TIP: I’ve put together 8 questions to ask a cremation glass company BEFORE sending ashes away in the post. It’s always better to be on the safe side with such a sensitive purchase.
I’m sorry for the reason that has brought you to this page. Losing a loved one is never easy, but they do live on in our memories and in our hearts. I also hope this blog has given you a better idea of what to expect when ordering a memorial glass signet ring.
If there’s anything I can help you with, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me directly. Alternatively, leave a comment below, and I’ll do my best to help.