Scattering Ashes Then and Now

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Bereavement can be a long and seemingly endless period of time

Celebrate the memory of the deceased through sympathy gifts in the form of cremation jewelry

Experiencing a loved one pass away can be an overwhelmingly difficult time for friends and families undergoing the difficulty of handling loss. Bereavement can be a long and seemingly endless period of time in which every token of memory of the lost beloved is cherished and memorialized. Such tokens can range from family heirlooms to personalized memorial presents gifted to the family struggling to cope with loss. Treasured Memories acknowledges this immensely challenging occurrence in life and hopes to celebrate the memory of the deceased through sympathy gifts in the form of cremation jewelry.


Scattering ashes

Cremation dates back to antiquity

Cremation ashes fashioned into jewelry is not a modern concept. In a journal entitled “Scattering Ashes, celebrating the life of a loved one,” it is said cremation dates back to antiquity,   “As far back as 1000 BC, [where] the ancient Greeks had adopted cremation as measure to deal with their dead.” The article continues to say that cremation originated, “ for military reasons as a way of making sure that soldiers killed abroad could be returned home, the bodies were cremated and their ashes are return home to be placed in an urn.” The idea of preserving the deceased in a transferable object is a novel one that reiterates the sanctity in encapsulating the memory of one’s life.

Centuries later, “mourning rings’ popular principally in England became more commonplace in the 16th century and lasted into the early 1900,” and were commonly “engraved with a loved ones names or motto.” Furthermore, depending on the wealth of the family in question, ornamentation was added to the rings and,  “ranged from plain gold bands to rings set with diamonds, pearls, and miniature portraits on ivory.” In later years, “jet and hair continued to be used in mourning jewelry until the end of the nineteenth century, particularly between the years 1861 and 1887 when Queen Victoria was in deep mourning for her beloved husband, Prince Albert.” As the turn of the century rounded off mourning jewelry lost favor because people were “tired of drab mourning fashions, and the practice of rigorous mourning codes” and mourning jewelry lost favor in the beginning of the twentieth century.

Scattering ashes in the mountains, Grand Canyon

Scattering ashes in the mountains, Grand Canyon

Modern day and mourning jewelry

Fast Forward to the modern day and mourning jewelry has become popular again due to the beautiful symbolic meaning behind it. Treasured Memories incorporates ashes into stunning cremation jewelry, in the form of bracelets in memory of and cross cremation pendants for example. Due to the expansive number of options available to commemorate the loss of a loved one like personalized engravings, embedment of birthstones and wearable urn jewelry the cremation process in the accessory world has come back in style. While during medieval times urns were utilized to keep ashes in the household, contemporary times allows for cremation ashes to be refashioned into jewelry into a portable memory token. In this way, cremation jewelry allows for the wearer to keep a little bit of the deceased person close at heart. Keeping a loved one near and dear to one’s heart by turning grief to grace is a positive step forward in accelerating the mourning process.

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