When someone close to you passes away, the complicated emotions that you experience can be difficult to process. It doesn’t matter whether you have lost a parent, a partner, a friend or even a beloved pet, the gap that they leave in your life is likely to feel impossible to fill.
The desire to remember someone you have loved and lost is age-old. People often mistakenly presume that cremation jewelry is a modern concept, but actually, it is something that has been around for more than 400 years. And in recent years it has become just as popular for men as it is for women.
Let’s face it, men aren’t known for their ability to process their emotions. Sharing their grief, admitting they’re having a bad day and even crying are often seen as signs of weakness. And no one wants to be seen as weak.
That’s why we’re so excited by the idea of memorial jewelry from Heart in Diamond: it provides a unique opportunity to express your loss, and keep your loved one close to you, without having to openly verbalize your emotional pain.
Modern memorial jewelry often includes diamonds that are made from the ashes of deceased loved ones (be it a partner, parent, or pet). The diamonds can be produced in an array of sizes (and even colours) and these stylish jewels are absolutely flawless.
So what are the main benefits of choosing to wear a piece of memorial jewelry? And is it the right choice for you?
Keep Your Loved One Close
One of the main and most obvious benefits of choosing to wear memorial jewelry is that it is a great way to keep your loved one close to you at all time.
Wearing a memorial necklace will keep your loved one close to your heart, whilst wearing a memorial ring is likely to inspire love and strength in a way that is more timeless and less fashion-forward.
Romans believed that the vein in the ring finger (the fourth finger) on the left hand ran directly to one’s heart: that’s why we still, to this day, wear our wedding rings on this finger.
So if you have lost your wife but want to ensure she still has a direct line to your heart then wearing a cremation ring on your ring finger is a romantic and meaningful piece of jewelry to choose.
A wide band set with a simple stone will always be in vogue, and this is a piece of jewelry that you can wear with every outfit and for every occasion.
Less common but equally significant jewelry options include bangles and bracelets, earrings and even a watch strap or watch face dripping in gems. These are all very masculine pieces, designed to suit every man.
When choosing your memorial jewelry, you can choose a design that is significant to you, and have this bespokely constructed to suit your needs. You could have a diamond incorporated into your wedding band, for example, or design a necklace incorporating aspects of their favourite colour or style.
No matter what kind of jewelry you choose, your lost loved one will then be able to travel with you, no matter where you go in the world.
This will be particularly useful for men that travel regularly for business or pleasure, as air travel whilst carrying the ashes of your loved one in a conventional urn can be complicated, and many airline providers will ask that you carry a host of paperwork with you which will probably delay you both at your departure and your arrival airport.
You won’t have this problem if you have turned those same ashes into jewelry.
Personal and Discrete
Another great benefit of choosing to have the ashes of your lost loved one turned into a beautiful and bespoke piece of jewelry is that it is an incredibly personal and discrete process that you don’t need to share with anyone else, unless you want to.
Many men simply don’t want to talk about loss, so this is a great way to memorialize someone you love, but in a very private way.
The jewelry that is produced is attractive and stylish in its own right. Heart in Diamond specializes in creating bespoke jewelry to be proud of. Depending on the design you choose, it won’t necessarily look any different from the fashion-forward pieces you would find in the window of your local high street jeweler.
That means that you can wear your new ring or necklace and understand the special symbolism that it has just for you, without those around you having to know what it is or why you choose to wear it. You won’t have to worry about sharing your loss, or justifying your decision to create a diamond from ashes, with anyone else.
Stylish, Real Diamonds
One of the questions people ask about memorial diamonds is whether they are genuine diamonds. The short answer is yes! Diamonds made from ashes have the same quality and clarity as diamonds made naturally over many years: they are made of the same composite materials.
The only difference is that whilst regular diamonds are made underground in a process that takes thousands of years, this same process is sped up in order to create memorial diamonds in the lab.
Memorial diamonds possess the exact same characteristics of mined diamonds when examined under a microscope. They are also cut and polished in exactly the same way as natural diamonds have been for centuries by our diamond experts, making them something truly rare and precious that you can treasure forever. Nobody but a specialist diamond expert would ever be able to tell that your diamond is not a mined diamond, and even an expert would be unable to make this distinction simply by looking at your stone with a naked eye.
Whilst diamonds were once considered a very feminine stone, their strength, brilliance and neutral colour means that more and more men are choosing to incorporate them into their jewelry. Diamonds are a sign of style, wealth, and diamond jewelry looks great on men of all ages.
Here is a video created by Heart in Diamond showcasing exactly how memorial diamonds are created, to help you better understand the process involved:
Diamonds are Forever
If you want a piece of your loved one to live on forever (both in your heart and in some small physical presence) then choosing a piece of jewelry with a memorial diamond incorporated into it is the perfect choice.
Diamond is the hardest mineral available, meaning that it won’t erode or wear away over time. There’s a reason people say that Diamonds are Forever!
When you choose to have your loved one’s ashes turned into a diamond, therefore, you are ensuring that a piece of them will symbolically live forever.
The piece of jewelry you create can be past down from generation to generation and become an important and much-treasured family heirloom.
This is a particularly significant idea if you have children that have lost their mother and want them to be able to remember them in a concrete and tangible way.
Practical and Ethical
From a practical and ethical point of view, many people actually prefer to purchase man made diamonds rather than mined diamonds.
Concerns about the origins of the mined diamonds you can purchase from the average high street retailer (particularly the ethics involved if you want to avoid purchasing a ‘blood diamond’) can lead consumers to avoid buying diamonds altogether.
Blood diamonds, also known as conflict diamonds, are diamonds which are mined in war zones. The profits from their sale is then used to fund warlord activity: this is particularly prevalent in parts of West Africa.
However when choosing synthetic diamonds created from the ashes of lost loved ones, you know exactly where your diamond is coming from and can purchase safe in the knowledge that your new beautiful piece of jewelry won’t be funding the murder and oppression of innocent people.
Another practical benefit of choosing a synthetic diamond rather than a mined diamond is that, according to Fortune Magazine, synthetic diamonds cost an average of 20% less than their mined equivalents.
That means that you can have the sentimental piece of memorial jewelry you always wanted, and keep your loved one close to you at all times, for significantly less than it would cost to buy an ordinary diamond ring.
The loss of a loved one is a difficult thing to process, and an even more difficult thing to talk about. You may want to keep the memory of your lost relative alive, but struggle to deal with the emotional ramifications of sharing stories about them with others.
If this sounds all too familiar, then choosing to have their ashes turned into a beautiful piece of diamond memorial jewelry could well be the perfect solution.
Whether your loss is of a partner, parent or even a pet, you can keep them close to you and treasure them forever by wearing them and carrying them with you wherever you go.
People often promise their loved ones that they will see the world; even after they are gone, memorial jewelry allows you to keep this promise.
Although it is a tricky thing to talk about (and a difficult thing to think about) we really love the memorial jewelry concept. So if you have recently lost someone close to you, and simply don’t know what to do with their ashes, it’s definitely something to consider!
To find out more about Heart in Diamond, and the beautiful range of bespoke jewelry they could create for you, why not visit their website?