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Blog Article by Arbor Memorial
In the Victorian era (1837-1901), mourning jewelry was a common way to memorialize a loved one. The fashion was popularized by Queen Victoria, who was so devastated by her husband Prince Albert’s death, that she wore mourning clothes for the remainder of her life.
Queen Victoria favoured jet mourning jewelry, which was deep black – a representation of grief – and quite expensive, so it did double-duty as a status symbol for widows. Victorian mourning jewelry took the form of bracelets, necklaces, and rings made from woven hair of the deceased. Lockets and cameos, featuring
the loved one’s portrait, were another way to remember someone.
Today, jewelry is making a comeback as a beautiful way to celebrate and honour a loved one’s memory. As a companion to the comfort provided by a funeral service and the lasting memorial of a cemetery burial, jewelry provides a unique way to hold a loved one in your thoughts.
There are several different types of memorial jewelry available:
- Cremetion jewelry – It has a small compartment designed to hold a token amount of cremated remains. A cremation urn is used to hold the remainder of the cremated remains.
- Cremation diamonds – Created by extracting the carbon from cremated remains and compressing the carbon under very high pressure and heat until it turns into a man-made diamond.
- Fingerprint jewelry features the engraved fingerprint of a loved one, providing a tactile and highly personalized piece.
Memorial jewelry is a fashionable and lasting remembrance and available in many themes, shapes and sizes in styles. Photo and text engraving can further personalize the piece.
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