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Published On: Wed, Nov 8th, 2017

4 Reasons You Should Consider Cremation Diamonds

Cremation now accounts for at least forty percent of all burials, and that percentage is likely to rise as many Baby Boomers forego burial plots and others choose a cheaper way to be freed of their mortal coil. The next question for many that arises is what to do with the ashes. For many, the solution has been cremation diamond.

Cremation diamond is jewelry made from the cremation ashes and sometimes other biological materials of the deceased. These custom-made and man-made diamonds are a unique way to transform ashes into something far more valuable and relatable. Here are 4 reasons you should consider cremation jewelry.

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The Reminder Can Stay with You

It may be easier to move out into the world when dealing with grief if you have a pendant or necklace with the deceased’s cremation diamonds next to your heart. You’ll almost certainly be able to keep the jewelry as you travel or move into a nursing home whereas family or strangers may dispose of a pot or urn, not caring about the contents. You certainly avoid the problem of losing the ability to visit the deceased’s grave because you’ve had to move.

Mom may love the fact that jewelry she can take with her services contains Dad’s ashes. Or family may find comfort in jewelry they wear each day to feel the presence of the deceased so that they don’t seem so far away. Also, many find cremation diamonds to be a more personal, yet elegant tribute to family members. For some of you, imagining carrying your dad around with you in a necklace might seem peculiar, but you’d be surprised at how subtle some of the jewelry can be. There are a range of creative jewelry designs out there that will give you inspiration on how to pull of cremation jewelry in a tactful way.

In contrast, the people blasting the ashes of loved ones into space are spending far more money for a one-time event that few will remember a few years later. Conversely, turning ashes into diamond is cheaper than such an exotic “send-off”, while you retain a keepsake with lasting physical value. Another way people deal with ashes is scattering the ashes of a loved one in a place that they enjoyed but doesn’t remind others of the loved one except for when they rarely visit. Compare this to the opportunities that come up when your grandchildren ask about your ring, your broach, or your necklace that contains cremation diamonds. And turning ashes to diamonds is probably cheaper than the other attention-grabbing send-offs, too.

You Can Use It to Start Discussions About the Lost

“Oh, what a lovely ring? Where did you get it?”

“It was made from the ashes of my late husband, Phil. Thought it would be a great way to remember him.”

Ashes to diamond is not only a way to take the memory of your lost loved one with you day by day, but often allows you to discuss the person without seemingly pulling everyone into your private grief.

Another option is incorporating the ashes into jewelry that you give to friends and family. Your grandchild may not have known the deceased, but now you can give them the cremation diamond and use it as a starting point for talking about the person who is literally part of their life every time they wear the jewelry.

“This purity ring was made with your grandmother’s ashes and reflects her beliefs and ours.”

“Your grandfather was devoutly religious, which is why we turned his ashes into diamonds. Those gems are now part of this religious jewelry that he would have wanted you to have. He believed …”

“This engagement ring has been passed down through our family for almost a hundred years. We added diamonds from ashes of your mother and grandmother to the ring as secondary stones, a reflection of the love this family has enjoyed for generations. When we pass it on to you, we want you to remember what they would have wanted, a long and happy marriage for you.”

In these ways, the gift of the jewelry and explanation of the significance of the stones is a starting point for talking about the person that the gift recipient may not have even known. And it can lead to further discussions later on as they think about the jewelry and the person whose ashes became the diamonds sparkling at them. Furthermore, the gift of something with such emotional import is a bonding experience for those still living.

Or you could discuss the process to turn ashes into diamonds to explain what a cremation diamond is to someone and move on to discussing the person whose ashes were used.

The Reminder Will Live On

A common problem is dealing with the ashes of the deceased after the most attached loved ones die. An urn in a memorial niche may still be tended, but one left on the mantle is likely to be scattered by the surviving family once the tender has died. However, if you have the cremains turned into jewelry, the jewelry itself has financial value as well as sentimental value. Memorial diamonds have value even to family members that may not know or care about the deceased, and thus they will hold onto it. And your descendants are likely to keep the jewelry in the family and pass it on along with stories about the person whose remains are integrated into the very body of the artefact.

photo courtesy of Lonite

The Memorial Lasts a Lifetime

A side benefit of diamonds and diamond jewelry’s high value is the fact that it lasts a lifetime or more. You could give your cremation diamond to a descendant who leaves it in the jewelry box for twenty years before finding it again. Now they remember you giving it to them and the source of the diamonds in the jewelry. The conversations you had when giving the gift come back, and they can be reminded about that person and you for the rest of their lives.

The Options Are Limitless

 

Companies like Lonite enable you to mix and match cremation diamonds with any type of jewelry. It can also take more mundane forms, such as placing diamonds from Mom’s ashes as secondary stones on mothers’ jewelry given to a daughter or granddaughter who just gave birth. Or give her descendants jewelry with their birthstone on it as well as cremation diamonds. You can make a brooch with the person’s picture in it and their cremation diamonds on the outside. You can add cremation diamonds to a bracelet that belonged to the deceased before passing it on.

Cremation diamonds offer many advantages over traditional that shouldn’t be overlooked. Cremation diamonds can be integrated into almost any type of jewelry. You can pass them on to your descendants so the spirit of the deceased lives on, whether you tell them about the source of the diamond. You can use the memorial diamonds as a launching pad for discussing the deceased, and you know that the recipient will actually hold onto the jewelry instead of dispose of the ashes. Jewelry containing cremation diamonds can be a way to start talking about the deceased’s beliefs and dreams for those still living. Another advantage that is very important, is the fact that honoring a deceased family member through a keepsake can help people deal with grief – it can make people feel like they still have a part of the person lost.

You can also use the memorial diamonds as a way to keep the person’s ashes with your family and close to you personally as you live your life. You don’t have to worry about losing the ashes due to someone’s carelessness or having to move away from the grave site because you need to be cared for yourself.

Author: Zoe Price

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  1. Nancy Simpson says:

    “The Reminder Will Live On” this part is definitely true. As a proud owner of a memorial diamond, I can say that nothing helped me to deal with grief than this little thing that I now wear on my hand. Turning ashes into diamonds was something I would never consider just a few years ago but thanks to my close friend who convinced me to try it I now have a memory for a lifetime. One tip that I want to give to everyone considering to get their memorial diamond made. Do some research on the prices before making a final decision. Companies that get a lot of media coverage tend to have insane prices

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