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8 Things You Need to Know About Cremation jewellery for Ashes

Are you wondering if cremation jewellery for ashes could help keep a loved one’s memory alive?

If you’ve recently lost someone special, it can be difficult coming to terms with your loss – and the subject of what to do with their ashes might not be something you’ll want to think about for months or even years.

But for those who feel ready, memorial jewellery can be a wonderful way to feel close to a loved one again, and I find it brings my clients so much comfort to be able to have a beautiful piece of jewellery they can take with them wherever they go.

With that in mind, here are 8 things you need to know about cremation glass jewellery:

1. You only need a teaspoonful of ashes

It can be somewhat of a surprise to many of my clients that you actually only need a tiny amount of your loved one’s ashes to make some dramatic, striking jewellery. In fact, the less used, the better, as allows the light to shine through and show the real beauty of the glass and intricate patterns inside.

Any unused ashes are usually sent back (although always check with your chosen cremation glass company that this will be the case), along with the finished product.

Using less than a teaspoonful of ashes, you can have:

What’s more, the measuring spoon you use may even be provided in your order pack (depending on the company you go for), so you never send more than you need.

2. It can take up to 6 – 8 weeks to make

If you’re only just learning about cremation glass for the first time, you may or may not have already learned that cremation jewellery can take some companies an average of around 6 – 8 weeks to make. This is an estimation that’s perhaps based on the number of orders they have to process, as each piece is individually made.

However, despite this being typical for the market, some smaller companies may be able to get your special glass jewellery back to you more quickly, so it’s always worth asking.

In my own experience, I know that receiving an order back ASAP is oh so important for most of my clients, especially as it’s something so personal that can leave people feeling anxious about being parted with them for any length of time. With this in mind, I aim to process all my customers’ orders within two weeks.

I also keep my clients in the loop and let them know what’s happening at every stage of the process.

3. It requires experienced hands

Because the process involved in making cremation glass jewellery is so delicate, it does mean that the person making it must be experienced in glassmaking. This is because different heats can be used to achieve different results, and if an error is made, you may have to start again and those ashes will be wasted.

The creation of memorial jewellery requires a lot of skill and precision, and because each piece is individually made, you have to carefully craft each one with the right amount of heat and then cool it down in a controlled environment until you get the desired effect.

4. You can combine different ashes into one piece of jewellery

Perhaps you want to combine the ashes of two or more different family members or loved ones into just one piece of jewellery – it’s actually relatively easy to do, and means you would be able to have, say, both of your parents or grandparents together with you in one special pendant or cremation glass ring.

A lot of people choose this option when it comes to remembering pets, too.

5. It can be made in the colour of your choosing

Another great bonus of cremation glass jewellery is that you can often order it in your favourite colours. Most websites will give you a pre-selected choice of colours, however, some companies will be able to provide you with a custom colour of your choosing.

Sometimes this may mean waiting a little longer while they order the glass in, and it also takes experience to get the colour match just right, as it depends on the amount of heat that goes into making your cremation jewellery.

6. It should always be sent via tracked mail or courier

I cannot stress how important this is, as if something so personal were to go missing in the post, I could never forgive myself. Most companies will ensure that your special jewellery is sent securely via tracked mail or courier to ensure that there’s no chance of that happening.

However, the shipping method will vary from company to company, so it’s always worth enquiring before placing an order.

7. You often have to pay upfront

Unfortunately, many companies will ask for payment upfront, as they usually expect you to check out via a standard online shopping basket. However, some smaller companies (myself included) will allow you to pay after your glass has been produced and before it is shipped out to you.

I usually like to send all my customers photos of their finished jewellery to check they are 100% happy with the colour and overall look before requesting payment.

8. Each piece is totally unique, every time

One of the most wonderful facts about cremation glass jewellery is that no one piece is ever exactly the same. This is because the ashes react to the molten glass and create little air pockets and markings, resulting in a unique pattern you’ll never be able to recreate.

I often hear from my clients how impressed they are with the designs I produce, but I have to confess that I can’t actually take any of the credit, as the patterns formed once the ashes hit the molten glass is completely out of my control. I particularly love that you never know exactly how a piece is going to turn out.

Conclusion

I hope you’ve found this blog post helpful, and that it’s perhaps given you a bit more of an idea of what cremation glass jewellery is really all about. If you’re thinking about buying a piece of memorial jewellery to remember that special someone, read my blog ‘What Should You Look For When Buying Jewellery for Ashes’?

If you have any specific questions about anything I’ve mentioned above, or just need a bit of help or guidance, please either leave a comment below or get in touch with me directly – I’ll be happy to help.

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Should Cremation Jewellery be Made with Glass or Resin?

Are you considering buying cremation jewellery to keep a loved one close?

Memorial jewellery is such a personal purchase, and I often find having something beautifully handmade and intricate to wear on a daily basis – or on special occasions – can bring so much comfort to many of my clients.

However, not many people know exactly what to look for when buying cremation jewellery, or which type of materials should be used when making it.

For instance, many memorial jewellery companies use glass, although it’s not unheard of for cremation jewellery to also be made with resin; a man-made composite material that feels more like plastic. I personally only work with glass, however it’s a completely personal choice which material you prefer to go with.

Below, I’m going to talk about some of the main considerations when choosing glass or resin jewellery for your loved one’s ashes.

Finish

A good quality finish is particularly important when investing in memorial jewellery, as you’ll want to enjoy touching and admiring it whilst thinking of all the special memories you shared with your loved one. If the finish doesn’t feel quite right, it could affect how you feel about the piece at the end of the day.

Because glass is a more natural material, it tends to give a smooth, clear and bright finish that beautifully sparkles in the light, whereas resin can look duller and feel rougher – depending on the type of materials used. It also tends to feel lighter and less substantial than glass.

Quality

Typically, there’s a lot more skill involved when crafting cremation glass jewellery, as the process involves heating the glass to extremely high temperatures before manipulating it into a particular design you want – it requires a lot of time and attention to detail to get the process right, resulting in a very high quality product.

The process for most resin jewellery generally takes less skill – and potentially less time – as resin is usually poured into a mould and left to find its own shape before drying. Therefore, you’re left with the same consistent product every time, but being plastic, the quality can feel less pure and therefore not as special.

Affordability

Because the process for creating resin is easier and less time-consuming, with the materials themselves often less expensive, it can be significantly cheaper than cremation glass – which really works in its favour if you’re on a budget and don’t want to spend a lot on memorial glass jewellery.

Although, in my opinion, memorial jewellery is something that everyone should be able to afford should they choose to, and some companies do offer very affordable glass products that can compete with the likes of resin in terms of price.

Durability

If you’re investing in something as personal as cremation jewellery, you’ll want to know it will stand the test of time so you can wear it and keep it close to you forever. This is particularly essential if you’re going to scatter the rest of your loved one’s ashes, as you might not be able to buy a replacement.

When it comes to durability, glass once again wins out, as resin is typically more prone to scratches and dulling than high quality cremation glass. That being said, glass is not completely infallible either, but as long as you care for your glass jewellery, it should last for many years to come.

Always ask which materials will be used

Before you place an order for memorial jewellery, I always recommend asking which materials will be used to make it; it’s a personal choice. If the company is using resin, ask them about the creation process involved and how each piece is made, so you can be sure you’re getting a good quality product that is worth the money.

Confidence in the company itself is equally important, regardless of the type of materials they use, so I’d recommend giving them a call and asking any questions you might have before committing to buy cremation jewellery. This will help set your mind at ease and ensure you’re making the right choice for you.

Conclusion

By now, you should have a better idea of the main differences between glass and resin products, and which may be more suitable to your needs. Remember, always ask a company which materials are used before you place an order!

Do you have a specific question about resin or glass jewellery? Feel free to leave a comment below, and I’ll answer as soon as I can.

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5 Things to Avoid When Buying Cremation Jewellery

Do you know what to avoid when buying cremation jewellery to remember a loved one?

Investing in a beautiful piece of memorial jewellery can bring so much comfort to those who have lost someone special in their life, but it’s also something incredibly personal, which is why it’s so important to get it right.

There are a variety of different companies offering cremation glass jewellery online, but choosing the right one can be tough when you don’t know what to look for – and what to avoid.

With that in mind, below are five things to avoid when purchasing cremation jewellery.

1. Resin, not glass

When you’re buying something as important as memorial jewellery to keep with you day in, day out, you really want it to last the test of time. Resin is generally a cheaper option, but it can also scratches easily, and can look duller and not as clear or bright as beautifully handmade glass.

There’s also a lot less skill involved in making resin cremation jewellery, as you simply pour it into a mould rather than manipulating it into the design you want, so not as much care and attention will go into your jewellery.

For more about why memorial jewellery should be made with glass as opposed to resin, read my blog post ‘Should Cremation Jewellery be Made with Glass or Resin?’.

2. Inexperience/untrained craftsmen

Because the process involved in creating memorial glass jewellery is so delicate, and requires a lot of time, patience and skill, you really need experienced hands to achieve the desired result. This is because the finished product will vary greatly depending on the amount of heat and professional techniques used.

That’s why I always recommend to people that they ask who will be making their jewellery, and how many years of experience they’ve had in glassmaking – or working with cremation glass in particular.

3. Unhallmarked jewellery

Just like the glass itself, the silver or precious metal you choose for your cremation jewellery should be of high quality and preferably hallmarked, so you know for certain that the metal is of a certain purity.

Some memorial glass companies do sell unhallmarked jewellery, so I’d always recommend asking if your jewellery will be hallmarked before placing your order.

4. Bad communication

There’s nothing worse than being kept in the dark when you’ve been parted with the ashes of a loved one – especially as some companies can take around 6 – 8 weeks to process orders. In the past, I’ve heard from clients who have had bad experiences when ordering their jewellery and it’s been almost heartbreaking.

I remember an elderly woman got in touch who had ordered a ring online to remember her late husband. Unfortunately she didn’t have hardly any communication with the company, and she was almost out of her mind with worry. When the ring eventually turned up, the ring wasn’t as high quality as she’d hoped for.

5. No certificate of authenticity

If a company refuses to provide you with a certificate of authenticity, it could be a bad sign. Most cremation glass companies will send you out an official certificate that has been signed, stamped and dated to assure you that your loved one’s ashes have been used in the creation of your jewellery.

This is important for many of my clients, as it gives them that extra bit of confidence that they can wear their jewellery knowing that only their loved one’s ashes are contained within.

TIP: For more helpful guidance, read my blog post ‘What Should You Look for When Buying Jewellery for Ashes?’

 

Conclusion

I hope this blog post has helped to highlight some of the concerns faced when buying cremation jewellery, and hopefully by now you should have a better idea of what to look for before placing your trust in a memorial glass company.

However, if there’s anything you feel unsure about, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below, or get in touch with me directly – I’m just a phonecall or email away.

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Can You Buy Cremation Jewellery Beads for Your Pandora Bracelet?

Are you looking for cremation jewellery beads you can wear with your Pandora bracelet?

Memorial jewellery is such a personal thing; some people prefer to wear a beautiful pendant, or a stunning ring, whilst others choose eye-catching cufflinks or versatile charm beads that can be worn around their wrists.

The comfort it brings to my clients is so important, and if you already treasure your Pandora bracelet, there’s no reason why you can’t add to its significance with a sparkling memorial charm bead – and yes, you can buy charm beads that are compatible with your stylish Pandora bracelet!

In fact, they are one of the most popular (and stunning) pieces of cremation jewellery I make, as you can see so much detail and they catch the light beautifully.

Below, I’m going to tell you why this option is so popular, and how to find cremation charms for your Pandora bracelet.

Practical, stylish and complements your Pandora bracelet

Charm beads are incredibly popular at the moment, and Pandora bracelets in particular are a stylish accessory you can wear for almost any occasion. If you’ve been building up your collection of versatile Pandora beads, you may choose to add to it by displaying your cremation charm proudly on your bracelet.

Cremation beads can be bright, colourful and completely discreet – no-one need know the personal significance unless you tell them. You’ll also have the comfort of having your loved one or beloved pet close by, wherever you go.

Incredibly versatile – wear on your wrist or around your neck

Another reason so many of my customers love cremation charm beads is that they can quite easily remove them from a bracelet and instead add them to a necklace they can wear around their neck. You can easily swap them around depending on the occasion, making them extremely versatile jewellery pieces.

Not only that, but you can also get them in an array of different vibrant colours to suit your bracelet, outfit or current mood. In fact, most companies should be able to accommodate a colour of your choice.

Makes a lovely gift for family members

Since memorial charms are so small, you only need less than a teaspoonful of ashes to make stunning, colourful beads that sparkle in the light, so you can easily get a few made to distribute amongst family members (such as daughters, granddaughers and nieces) and close friends to treasure forever.

TIP: Although they don’t take a lot of ashes to make, it’s worth bearing in mind that each piece is made individually – there’s no way of batch producing memorial beads, so ordering more than one could take longer.

Wear two or more cremation charm beads at once

Another great benefit of cremation jewellery beads is that you can quite easily wear two or more on the same bracelet. This means not having the difficulty of choosing between just one special pendant or ring, so you can keep two or more loved ones or beloved pets with you at once.

I find for many of my clients, this is a big selling point, and I’ve had a few customers who have ordered multiple beads just to keep for themselves!

Where to find cremation charms for your Pandora bracelet

There are a few different cremation glass companies online who offer memorial charm beads, although your best bet is searching in Google for ‘cremation charms Pandora’ or ‘memorial beads Pandora’ – to ensure that they will definitely be compatible with your Pandora bracelet.

The average cost of cremation jewellery beads can be anywhere from £50 – £150, although some companies may charge a little bit more. It’s also wise to ask if your memorial beads will be mounted on sterling silver end caps at Ash Glass Design we choose do not use end caps all our beads are made from one piece of metal and rounded off both end this way it will last along long time . We do not use any glue.

TIP: It’s so important that you’re 100% confident in ordering from a memorial glass company before committing to buy, so check out my blog post ‘What to Look for When Buying Cremation Jewellery’ to help you ensure they tick all the boxes.

 

Conclusion

I hope you’ve found this blog helpful, and that it has given you some considerations to think about when finding memorial jewellery beads for your Pandora bracelet. Remember, never order online unless you’re completely happy and confident in the company and product you’ll be getting at the end of the day.

Any questions about cremation charm beads? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch, or leave a comment below – I’d love to be able to help in any way I can!

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Cremation Glass Jewellery or a Decorative Urn – Why Not Get Both?!

Are you torn between a decorative urn, or cremation glass jewellery to remember a loved one?

If so, I’d like to say firstly that I’m so sorry for your loss. Coming to terms with grief is something everyone deals with in their own way, and it can take months or even years to begin thinking of what to do with the ashes of someone who meant a lot in your life.

The good news is that there are simply so many options with regards to cremation ashes these days, but if you don’t like the idea of letting your loved one’s ashes go, a decorative urn is one of the most popular choices, and means you can display your loved one’s ashes in your home, or keep them somewhere safe.

Another increasingly popular choice is cremation, or memorial glass jewellery, which gives the owner something beautiful to hold onto and keep close to them wherever they go. I find it brings my clients so much comfort, even on difficult days.

Below, I’m going to tell you why you don’t have to choose just one.

The best of both worlds

An urn is safe in your home; you can’t lose it, and you can feel at ease in the knowledge that your loved one is probably watching over the house whilst you’re not there. It’s a nice feeling.

However, you can’t exactly take an urn with you on your travels – it’d be over your 15 kilos to start with! That’s why cremation jewellery is so appealing to many of my clients, and gives them the best of both worlds.

You see, since you only need less than a teaspoonful of your loved one’s ashes to make a beautiful piece of jewellery you can touch, hold and take with you wherever you go, many of my clients find they can keep an urn whilst still having that extra little something to give them strength.

For example, one of my clients contacted me last week to have a beautiful ring made using her father’s ashes. She was going to Lanzarote with her sister, and since he had essentially paid for the holiday, she wanted to take him with her – which is why she needed to make sure she’d get the ring back on time.

Luckily, I was able to process her order in time, so now she and her sister can enjoy their holiday knowing they have a piece of him with them.

So many options available

Another wonderful thing about memorial jewellery is that there are so many different things you can have made – you may even be able to choose an entirely custom-made piece that reflects you or your loved one’s personality.

You may opt for a gorgeous glass ring (or signet ring), a beautiful pendant, stunning cufflinks, or striking yet versatile charm beads (to fit Pandora bracelets). As for the type of metal, most places will let you choose from sterling silver, gold or white gold.

Some companies also offer other memorial glass products such as glass hearts, paperweights, glass figurines, or amazing art sculptures if you decide that you’d rather not have something you can wear.

Do your homework

If you think cremation jewellery could be an option for you, the best place to start looking is the internet. A quick Google search for ‘memorial glass jewellery’ or ‘cremation glass jewellery’ will present a number of UK companies offering these services, and you may want to have a browse to see which products you like best.

However, bear in mind some of the things you should be looking out for when buying memorial jewellery. I always tell people to call up their chosen company and taking the time to speak to someone before placing an order, so they can be sure they feel 100% confident before sending ashes away.

TIP: Here are just some of the questions you should be asking a cremation jewellery company.

Conclusion

By now you should have a better idea of why cremation glass jewellery could allow you to not only keep your loved one with you at all times, but also have the rest of their ashes stored safely in a decorative urn.

There are so many options available now, and perhaps I’ve even opened your mind to a new world of possibilities – I hope that you’ll find comfort in whichever one you choose.

If you’re feeling uncertain of anything, please don’t hesitate to contact me – I’ll be happy to help. Alternatively, you can leave a comment below, and I’ll do my best to answer as quickly as possible. Thank you for reading!