How Long Does it Take to Make Cremation Jewellery From Your Loved One’s Ashes?Kenny Scott | May 20, 2016 | Cremation Glass Jewellery
Are you thinking of buying cremation jewellery to remember a loved one?
If so, I’m deeply sorry for your loss. Grief is a strange beast, and regardless of whether it’s been five months or five years, it can still feel incredibly difficult to get through the day.
Many of my clients find a lot of comfort in cremation art and jewellery; something beautiful to hold onto, display in a window, or wear for years to come. It can give you strength during those particularly tough days, and help you feel closer to that special someone again.
However, the process of ordering memorial jewellery usually involves being parted from your loved one’s ashes, often for a significant amount of time – so it’s not surprising that it’s one of the biggest concerns many of my customers face.
On the bright side, most companies only require a small teaspoonful of ashes in order to create a variety of stunning pieces, from stunning cremation glass rings, to art that sparkles and shines in the light
In this blog post, I’m going to talk you through exactly how long you can expect the process to take, and other considerations when choosing memorial jewellery to celebrate your loved one’s memory.
How long does it take?
If you’re only at the start of your research, and find yourself learning about cremation jewellery for the first time, you may or may not have noticed that the average length of time most memorial glass companies specify is anywhere between 6 – 8 weeks.
The 6 – 8 week estimation is perhaps due to the number of orders some of the most popular companies have to process, as they can get busy. Although this is typical for the market, some smaller companies may be able to turn your order around within a smaller timeframe.
Personally, I know that getting an order back as soon as possible is incredibly important to most of my clients, especially when they’re feeling anxious from being parted with ashes for any length of time. This is why I aim to process all orders within two weeks. I also keep my clients updated during every stage of the process.
The process involved
When working with heated glass, the process can be incredibly delicate – and especially when you’re introducing ashes into the mix, it can take time and experienced hands to get the best results.
The actual creation process probably differs from company to company, but in most cases it will involve using hot, molten glass to encapsulate your loved one’s ashes inside. They then form their own unique pattern from a combination of gases and air.
After the ashes are added, the glass is cooled down over time in a controlled environment; this gradually reduces the stress, as it could shatter if cooled down too quickly. Once cooled, the glass can then be shaped, polished and annealed, giving you a finished piece of jewellery or art that will stand the test of time.
TIP: It’s wise to bear in mind that each individual piece is made separately (there’s no way to make cremation glass in batches), so if multiple pieces are ordered, it can add time onto your order.
Do your homework
The most sound advice I can give you when it comes to ordering cremation jewellery, is to carefully research reputable companies and choose one that you’re able to speak with over the phone. This gives you an opportunity to ask any questions you might have, and give you a better idea of exactly what to expect.
Communication is oh-so important, which is why I usually keep my customers updated and ensure they feel comfortable at each stage of the process. I find this alleviates any fears and concerns and goes a long way to making them feel not only relaxed and at ease, but also confident that their loved one’s ashes are in safe hands.
I hope you’ve found this blog post helpful, and by now you should have a better idea of how long it’ll take to have something special made from your loved one’s ashes – as well as some extra insight about the process that goes into making the jewellery itself.
The best advice I can give you is to make sure you’re 100% confident with the cremation jewellery company you choose, and always ask a company how long your order it going to take – you might be pleasantly surprised.
I wish you the best of luck, but if you have any specific questions about this topic, feel free to get in touch – I’m happy to help!