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How to Overcome Fear When Buying Memorial Glass Jewellery

Are you considering having memorial glass jewellery made to remember a lost loved one?

It’s safe to say that cremation glass jewellery isn’t for everyone. However, it can also bring a great deal of comfort to those who have lost someone special in their life, and I think it’s something everyone should have a chance to own.

When I speak to customers on the phone, they often have very real concerns, such as:

  • Will their loved ones’ ashes be safe?
  • Who will be handling the ashes?
  • What if something goes wrong?

Below are the three main fears people are concerned about buying cremation glass jewellery. The good news is, these fears can often be overcome by following my advice as an experienced glassmaker who regularly crafts memorial glass jewellery and art.

TIP: Here are 8 other things you should know about cremation glass jewellery.

1. Not knowing who you’re buying from

This is probably the no. 1 fear; in other words, fear of the unknown. People are often very worried about simply not knowing who is going to be handling their loved ones’ ashes, and whether they’re experienced or qualified enough for the job. This is particularly the case when ordering from a larger company which doesn’t necessarily specifiy who will be working on your jewellery.

The solution

Thoroughly research your chosen company, and if possible, call to speak to them on the phone. From personal experience, I find this is the main thing that really helps many of my customers feel at ease. A good company should be able to tell you who will be working on your memorial glass jewellery, along with their experience and background. If you can speak to the artist directly, even better.

2. Knowing the process is irreversible

What I mean by this is that once memorial jewellery is made, there’s no turning back; your loved one’s ashes will be forever immortalised in glass. This makes your decision a permanent one, and sometimes it may take people years to come to the decision to have something made (although the process only requires a teaspoonful of ashes).

The solution

Take your time deciding on the right memorial jewellery product for you; be it a ring, necklace, charm bead or cufflinks. Find a style and colour that you feel you’ll be able to treasure forever, and if you’re unsure of whether or not you want an engraving, leave it for now. You can always take it to an engraver later, once you’d finalised the message you want.

3. Sending ashes away in the post

Finally, ordering cremation glass jewellery often involves having to send your loved ones’ ashes away in the post. Especially if the company you choose is not local. This can be a very stressful, scary thing to do, and I hate the thought of people waiting for weeks on end until their special piece of jewellery is sent back to them.

The solution

If you do have to send ashes away, always use signed for post, or send via a courier that will track your ashes, so you know when they have arrived safely. Some smaller, more personal companies will even give you a phone call to say they’ve arrived – so check with them before you send.

If you’re local to the area, or don’t mind travelling, some reputable memorial glass companies may even allow you to deliver your loved one’s ashes in person. I’ve personally had people travel from places such as Leeds and Aberdeen to ensure their loved ones’ ashes arrived safely.

Finally, only make your order when you’re feeling emotionally ready to do so.  We all cope with grief differently, so if it’s too painful even to part with a small amount of ashes, give it some time.

Conclusion

I hope this blog post has been helpful when thinking about ordering cremation jewellery to celebrate the memory of a loved one. Memorial glass jewellery is something everyone should have the option to own, and can bring the wearer a great deal of comfort, even on the toughest of days. That’s why I wanted to address some of the biggest concerns above.

Do you have any questions I haven’t answered about memorial glass jewellery? Please leave me a comment, or get in touch with me directly. I’m always here to help – and listen.

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How Does it Feel to Hold Cremation Jewellery for the First Time?

Are you considering getting your loved ones’ ashes made into memorial glass jewellery?

If so, you’ve probably put a lot of thought into whether it’s something you really want to do. You may even have wondered if you’re ready to take that next step.

There’s a lot of fear that can come from sending your loved ones’ ashes away to be made into jewellery or art, which is why I always advise people to ensure they’re completely confident in the company they choose before buying cremation jewellery online.

However, often that fear is worth it when they come to hold their special piece of memorial glass for the first time. Below, I’m going to try and give you a better idea of how that feels, through the voice of some of my own customers.

How it feels to receive memorial jewellery for the first time

Cremation glass jewellery is such a personal, individual thing. I always feel a bit sad when I receiving ashes, but I also take a lot of pride in the fact that my work is going to bring someone a great deal of comfort, and make them smile again.

Like Tori Tong, who ordered a piece of jewellery to remember her grandmother. She said: “The pink is beautiful and the pattern in the glass is stunning. I’m honestly over the moon! Now I can always have a little piece of her forever and I will treasure it for the rest of my life.” 

And it’s comments like Sarah Goldie’s that make what I do completely worthwhile. She said (via Facebook): “I ordered an orange charm and I couldn’t be any happier with it, the colour is stunning and beautiful just like my Gran was, I would highly recommend this service to anyone who wants to keep their loved ones close.”

Memorial glass jewellery can also make an extremely thoughtful and personal gift for a partner or family member. Like the art sculpture Billy Barabich recently ordered: “I ordered the ‘Lest We Forget’ glass sculpture for my partner and I couldn’t be happier with it. It’s beautiful, and it means so much to us that we have Willie’s ashes in such a beautiful, and meaningful piece.”

Zoë Harding also ordered a piece of jewellery for her mother. She commented: “We ordered a pair earrings for our Mum and they are absolutely gorgeous. Our mum was overwhelmed by them and now has our grandparents with her all the time.”

Advice from an experienced glassmaker

Do you like the idea of having your own special piece of memorial glass jewellery to remember a loved one?

The best advice I can give you is to never send ashes away in the post until you’re ready, and really take your time choosing a company you can feel happy and confident in. Call up and ask to speak to them over the phone, as I find just doing this really helps to ease the minds of my customers.

Here are some helpful questions you can ask when choosing a company to create memorial jewellery with your loved one’s ashes. Asking questions like these can help make the process feel less daunting.

You may also wish to read online reviews or testimonials like the ones above!

Conclusion

I hope you’ve found this blog helpful when considering whether to invest in a piece of cremation glass jewellery or art. It’s such a personal decision, and you should definitely take the time to research all your options before deciding if it’s right for you.

Don’t forget to call up a company before committing to buy. They should be happy to answer any questions you have, to ensure you have a pleasant experience and are satisfied with the final product. You can even look up some reviews and testimonials online!

Do you have a specific question about ordering cremation glass jewellery or art? Feel free to leave a comment below – I promise to respond!

 

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What’s the Most Comforting Thing About Owning Cremation Glass Jewellery?

Are you considering buying cremation jewellery to remember someone special?

Memorial glass jewellery can be a beautiful way to celebrate the memory of a loved one, and keep them close to you. As an experienced glassmaker, I see these special pieces of jewellery bringing happiness and comfort to people on a regular basis – it’s part of what makes my job so worthwhile.

But what’s so comforting about cremation glass jewellery? Well, the best people to really tell you that, are the ones who have already experienced it for themselves.

Below are some of the comments from my own customers who have had memorial jewellery made either for themselves or a family member.

The most comforting thing about cremation jewellery

Creating memorial glass jewellery really makes me feel like I’ve made a difference, and it’s a lovely thing knowing you’re bringing that comfort to someone. It gives people something they can keep hold of forever, bringing them comfort on even the darkest of days. And there’s definitely something to be said for the fact that no matter where they go, they can take their loved ones with them.

One example of this comes from Lesley Anne Driscoll, who said: “I went with my Step-mum today to collect the most beautiful ring made with my Father’s ashes. We have chosen a ring to be made for me too. We are devastated by the loss of my Dad, but this jewellery is so special and it somehow will feel as though we have a part of him next to us forever.”

Gillian Fulton will always have a way to keep her daughter close. She said: “The end results are beautiful, I love my ring and it is the perfect way to have my daughter (who was stillborn last year) with me at all times. We couldn’t have asked for more.” 

Sometimes people even choose to have ashes combined into one extra special piece of jewellery. Like Pam Hennigan, who stated: “[I got a] beautiful ring and charm beads made from my mum and dads ashes. I am simply over the moon with them and it is such a comfort knowing that they are with me all the time.” 

Memorial jewellery can also be a great comfort for those who haven’t necessarily chosen a traditional route when saying goodbye to a loved one. One example of this is Rosemary McCallum, who said: “We lost my Dad just over 3 years ago now, he had donated his body to science and we recently received his ashes back. Without having had a ‘normal’ farewell process my mum took some time to decide what she wanted to do. She felt absolutely that it was the right thing.

“I have a charm which is just lovely, I picked the colour and am now wearing on my necklace that has my children’s finger prints on it. My middle boy is convinced it has grandpa’s eye in it and he kissed and cuddled it before bed.”

In my experience as glassmaker, and the nature of the work involved when making cremation glass, you have to take so much care in what you’re doing – knowing that one piece of jewellery will mean so much to its recipient. Saying that, the processes between different companies will vary, and experience is so important.

That’s why reading positive reviews and testimonials from a company can be incredibly reassuring when choosing a cremation glass company.  But that’s not the only advice I’d offer…

Advice from an experienced glassmaker

If you’re looking for a reputable memorial glass company you can trust, the best advice I can give you is to thoroughly research different products and companies online. When you find a product you really like the look of, write down any questions that stick out to you, or use this blog post as a guide.

The best way to feel confident you’re making the right decision is to call up and speak to someone over the phone. A good cremation glass jewellery company should hopefully be happy to answer your questions, and ease your mind, BEFORE you commit to buy.

Finally, buying cremation jewellery can be a stressful experience, so check out my blog post entitled ‘5 Ways to Avoid Stress When Buying Cremation Glass Jewellery’.

Conclusion

Thank you for reading. If you think you or a family member could benefit from the comfort cremation glass jewellery can bring, I’d urge you to take a good look at the different types of memorial jewellery available. And always ask to speak to a company before committing to buy – they should be happy to answer your questions.

Do you want to know more about memorial glass jewellery? Feel free to leave a question in the comments, or alternatively get in touch with me directly. I’d love to hear from you.