When a loved one dies and is cremated, family members sometimes like to wear the cremains as a way of keeping their loved one close at all times. If you want a piece of memorial jewelry, but have a small budget there are many beautiful options available.
Jewelry that includes the ashes of a loved one is highly personal so don't let your budget get in the way of this sentimental purchase. These great options feature simple, timeless designs perfect for everyday wear and sell for $25 or less.
Cross Container Necklace
For a modern spiritual look, try the silver Memorial Ashes Love You Cross Necklace. The lack of extra ornamental decoration makes this a unisex option. The pendant is a 1 3/4 inch tall metal cross with a viewing window in the center of the vertical part. This allows you to see the ashes while you're wearing the piece. Open the screw top to fill the enclosed glass vial. Engraved on the cross arms are the words "Love You." A 20-inch stainless steel chain is included. You can also have your necklace put in a special gift box for under $12. If you order two or more necklaces, you also get a free filling kit.
Heart Urn Bracelet
Those who prefer arm jewelry will appreciate the simple everyday look of this bracelet. The Always with You Heart Cremation Jewelry Keepsake Ash Urn Holder Bracelet features two small, rounded leather cords and a silver heart-shaped charm. The bracelet measures 7.8 inches and the heart is made from stainless steel. The simple heart urn is engraved with the phrase, "Always With You." Fill the heart by unscrewing the lid which is attached to the bracelet. For around $14 you get the bracelet, a jewelry bag, and a funnel toolkit.
Rings are easy to wear every day with any outfit, especially a basic sliver one like this. The Initial Cremation Memorial Ring is a stainless steel ring with a heart-shaped urn on the top. The removable screw on top of the heart urn makes it easy to load. A basic silver ring costs $18 and includes instructions for filling as well as a funnel. Available in ring sizes 5 - 9, you can add an engraved monogram letter to the face of the heart for an additional $4, making the personalized option $22.
Classic Bangle Bracelet
For a truly unique and understated, modern look, consider the Classic Bangle Bracelet. This stainless steel cuff bracelet is completely open in one section and is thin like a typical bangle bracelet. On one end there is a screw you remove to fill the bangle with ashes. At 7.8 inches long, the bracelet is one-size-fits-all. It comes in a jewelry bag and includes a funnel toolkit with a stir stick, mini toolkit, and spoon for about $14. When you have a little more to spend, any place that engraves jewelry could add a special phrase to the outside of the bracelet.
If your style is more dressy and upscale, or you prefer to keep this piece of jewelry only for special occasions, these luxurious options fit your look and any budget. The addition of varied materials or extra design elements give the appearance of an expensive piece of jewelry with an affordable price under $25.
Glass Bulb Necklace
Those who love an original style with artisan flair, this is the necklace for you. Golden Sunshine Glass Jewelry Cremation Urn necklace features an ivory, hand-blown glass ball for ash storage. The ball is topped with an adorned lid made from metal and beads. Because each ball is handmade, they range in size from 3/4 of an inch to 1 1/2 inches. For just under $20 you get the pendant, a free 18" stainless chain, plush velvet gift box, instructions, funnel and tube of glue. This beautiful one-of-a-kind piece is made in the USA and available from the retailer in a variety of colors.
Memorial Angel Locket
If timeless and traditional describe your style, consider a classic locket. This Two-Tone Memorial Angel Locket Pendant is mostly gold plated. The front has a silver plated insert panel with the image of an angel engraved on it. One side of the interior features the same silver-colored panel with an engraved sentimental phrase about the difficulty of the loss. The entire pendant is an oval shape hanging on a 20-inch rope chain. The other side of the interior is an open space where you can place a picture of a loved one or glue on ashes. For under $10 you can wear your memories in what looks like a customized necklace.
Memorial Tie Clip
For formal occasions or business work attire, men can dress up a shirt and tie look with their classic, customized tie clip. Made with clay or resin, this elegant, one-of-a-kind Men's Tie Clip features several customization options. For only $18 you choose either bronze or gunmetal for the long part of the clip and base. Next, you'll pick a clay color or opt for the clear resin finish. For added personality or sentimental value, you can have the ashes mixed with other crushed materials like shells or colored glass. You mail a small amount of cremains to the artist with any special instructions, and they custom make your tie clip.
Memorial Ash Round Earrings
Have your loved one's ashes made into something beautiful like these Memorial Ash Round earrings. Handmade with resin, glass, surgical steel, and the ashes you send, these small earrings come in 29 colors. Choose a color to mix with the ashes, request the ashes be visible on top of the color, or opt for earrings made only from the ashes with no color. You mail one teaspoon of ashes to the artist and she custom makes your earrings. These unique works of art sell for about $15 and are about 1/2-inch wide each.
Crystal Ball Earrings
Carry a loved one with you always when you wear these simple Crystal Ball Stainless Steel Earrings. Small crystal balls dangle from polished stainless steel hooks and hold less than one cubic inch of ashes. They are loaded by removing the stopper screw at the top of the crystal ball. Each set costs about $25 and includes a black jewelry box, instructions and a funnel.
How to Load Urn Jewelry
When you purchase an accessory, check to see if it comes with loading instructions or if the retailer offers directions on their website. If not, these simple methods should work.
The jeweler should provide you with a small funnel. Stir the remains with a pencil before filling the pendant. After you fill the container, use a small amount of glue to seal the pendant. You can use white glue or silicon seal.
Filling a locket requires a different technique. Open the locket and put a small amount of glue on one side. Next, place a small amount of ash on top of the glue. Stir the glue and ash mixture with a small stick (a toothpick could be used for this purpose) and let it dry thoroughly before wearing the locket. Some people choose to place a photo of the deceased on the other side of the locket. In the case of a locket to commemorate a pet, you could add some fur.
Care and Wearing Tips
Even cheap jewelry becomes priceless when it carries a piece of a deceased loved one. A few simple tips and reminders keep your piece safe and wearable forever.
- Keep it in a case, jewelry bag, or jewelry box when you're not wearing it to protect the piece and keep from losing it.
- Remove the piece before showering, swimming or getting wet. Water can damage the jewelry and may seep inside if not properly sealed.
- Don't wear it when using harsh chemicals or performing heavy labor tasks. These things can ruin the jewelry by tarnishing or breaking it.
- Clean your piece regularly with a jewelry cleaning cloth to keep it looking great.
This piece of jewelry is irreplaceable so take extra care to keep it safe and clean.
In Loving Memory
Wearing the ashes of a loved one is comforting for many who are grieving. No matter your budget, beautiful and unique cremation jewelry is an option. Consider which kind of jewelry you wear every day and look for something that fits your style.