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Can You Get Memorial Glass Jewellery Engraved?

Are you wondering if you can get your memorial glass jewellery engraved?

Cremation glass jewellery is such a personal, unique thing, and often the most precious piece of jewellery you’ll ever own. So, it makes sense that you’d want to engrave it with a special message to remember a loved one. It can also make a great, sentimental gift for a partner or family member.

The good news is that you can get some memorial glass jewellery engraved, but it will depend on a couple of factors.

Having worked in glass design for over 20 years now, I’m going to tell you what you need to know about cremation glass jewellery engraving.

How can you get cremation glass jewellery engraved?

Some cremation glass jewellery companies do offer engraving as part of their service. However, it can be quite specialised, and some may outsource it to other companies. This could affect the overall delivery time of your jewellery, which is usually 6 – 8 weeks to begin with in regards to larger online companies (smaller businesses may have a shorter turnaround time). At Ash Glass Design we take around 2-3 weeks from receiving order to completion.

If a company does offer an engraving service, this is usually something you would request upon making your order, or when sending your order pack and ashes to the company in question.

For companies that do engraving in-house, you may wish to check how they engrave their jewellery. Some may offer a hand-engraving service, whereas others may have a machine to help with accuracy. For instance, I’ve recently invested in a state-of-the-art engraving machine which uses a traditional diamond-drag technique.

Which pieces of cremation jewellery can be engraved?

It’s also worth noting that not all cremation jewellery pieces can be engraved – for instance, can you imagine the task of engraving on the back of an earring? It’d be extremely tricky! As a rule of thumb, the smaller the jewellery, the trickier it is to engrave.

The most common jewellery pieces to get engraved include:

  • Cremation glass rings
  • Cremation glass pendants
  • Cremation glass art sculptures (if they include a metal plaque for the engraving)

My favourite engravings to do are usually the ones that contain messages that are a bit quirky. I find an inscription of a common saying or in-joke tends to be so much more personal than a standard ‘RIP’.

Advice from an experienced glassmaker

Do you like the thought of having a personal engraving on your memorial jewellery? There are two main things to consider when getting cremation jewellery engraved:

  1. The quality of the metal
  2. The quality of the engraving

Your memorial glass jewellery should ideally be hallmarked and made from good quality materials. The font of the engraving should be clear and easy to read, and should ideally be either engraved with a quality gravel-graph engraving machine, or engraved carefully by hand.

Finally, if you’re unsure of what to get engraved on your piece of memorial jewellery, my advice is to wait until you know exactly what you want. You can always take your jewellery to an engraver or local jeweller later on, because once your message is on, it’s final.


Thanks for reading. By now, you should have a better idea of what to look for when getting your memorial glass jewellery engraved. It’s quite a specialist services, but some memorial glass jewellery companies will offer this. Just be sure the quality of the materials and the engraving is up-to-scratch!

Do you have any questions about cremation glass jewellery engraving? If so, please just call me on 01896 850447 or email me – I’m always happy to answer.


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5 Ways to Avoid Stress When Buying Cremation Glass Jewellery

Are you thinking about purchasing memorial glass jewellery to remember a lost loved one?

Cremation glass jewellery can bring a great deal of comfort to people and brighten even their darkest of days. However, it can also be a very emotional process, and it can be especially stressful if you’re choosing to order your special piece of jewellery online.

As an experienced glassmaker, it’s my number one priority for people of all backgrounds and budgets to experience the comfort that comes from memorial glass jewellery and artwork. It should be something that brings a smile to your face, not cause you to lose sleep at night.

That’s why I’ve put together this blog post about how to avoid stress when ordering something so personal and unique online.

1. Ensure you’re ready to get memorial jewellery made

It’s true that while some people are emotionally ready to get jewellery made from their loved ones’ ashes right away, others may want to hold back a while. That’s perfectly normal, and you should only commit to buying cremation jewellery when you feel ready.

Here are some tips and guidance I’ve put together to make the process a little easier when deciding whether or not to purchase memorial glass jewellery.

2. Do your research when choosing a company

Now, this may be obvious, but it’s important to look at all the available products out there and settle on a jewellery or art design you’re completely happy with. You might come across a gorgeous style of ring or a specific colour that reminds you of your loved one.

However, it’s not only products you should do your homework on – you need to choose the right company, too. Reviews and testimonials go a long way towards helping you feel confident in your decision, but you should also ensure the company will use good quality materials, and provide a certificate of authenticity. Which brings me onto my next point…

TIP: Here are some things in particular to avoid when purchasing cremation glass jewellery online.

3. Speak to our chosen company or artist on the phone

I find that it really helps many of my customers to be able to speak to me on the phone. Hearing the understanding in my voice, and being able to answer all of their questions really helps set their minds at ease. If possible, make a list of all the things you want to ask a company first, and then either telephone or email them.

I always say never to commit to a purchase before they’ve answered all of your questions, as this really does help eliminate stress. For guidance, here’s a list of some of the biggest questions I think are important to ask a cremation glass company.

TIP: Some companies may even be able to phone you to tell you that your loved one’s ashes have arrived safely. I love being able to do this for clients, as I know how important it is to know they’re safe.

4. Avoid pressure and sales tactics

If you have made contact with a company, but something doesn’t feel right, please don’t feel pressured into making a decision. No reputable cremation glass company should do this, and they should allow you to make your final decision in your own time – no set timescales or sales tactics.

Always trust your gut, and only send money when you feel comfortable and confident in a memorial glass company.

5. Ask if you can deliver the ashes in-person

Lastly, I find this one is the biggest help to make of my customers – although it’s not something that’s always going to be available. The answer you’ll get will really be dependent on the company, but some smaller, more personal businesses will understand the need to ensure your loved ones’ ashes are safely delivered by hand.

In the past, I’ve had customers travel up from places like Leeds, or down from Aberdeen and the Highlands to deliver their loved ones’ ashes. It really takes out the stress that comes with worrying about anything getting lost or damaged in the post.


I’m sorry for your loss, but I hope this blog post has gone some way to helping you avoid stress when purchasing memorial glass jewellery online. Some of the tips above should hopefully make ordering cremation glass a more enjoyable experience, and remember to never commit to buying until you’re 100% confident in a company.

Do you have any questions about this subject? You’re very welcome to get in touch with me directly, or alternatively leave a comment below. I’m always happy to help!