History of Memorial Jewelry

When you’re looking for a unique way to honor your loved one’s memory, you might want to consider memorial jewelry. Whether it’s a simple keepsake or a piece of cremation jewelry, memorial jewelry can be an important memento and a tangible reminder of the person you loved.

Memorial jewelry dates back centuries — at least as far back as ancient Rome. And jewelry made of bone, teeth, skin and even blood may well have been a type of memorial jewelry that predates recorded history.

During the Renaissance, rings were inscribed with the name and date of death and given to family members or close friends of the person who had died. The Georgian period saw the rise of Memento Mori jewelry, designed to remind people of their own mortality, but the popularity of mourning jewelry really reached its peak in the Victorian era.

Victorian mourning jewelry was often made of the hair of the person who had passed away, intricately woven into rings, pendants or bracelets. Mourning rings and lockets containing a loved one’s photo were also very popular.

Today, memorial jewelry is making a comeback, with more options than ever. Fingerprint keepsakes are an excellent example. They are created using the deceased person’s unique fingerprint, so that a loved one can keep this physical reminder for years. Cremation jewelry is another interesting option, in which a portion of a loved one’s ashes are incorporated into a piece of jewelry. This allows the wearer to not only honor a deceased love one, but to feel close to that person long after the passing.

Cremation opens a wide range of possibilities for memorialization, from columbaria and niches to urns, memorial jewelry and even stunning pieces of art. At Valley of the Temples, we believe in the importance of memorializing a life well lived, and want to help you find the perfect way to honor your loved one. Call us at (808) 725-2798 or visit our website for more information.

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