History of Cremation Jewlery

The first known pieces of cremation jewelry can be dated back to before Christ. They were known as relics and were often pins, rings or pendants that contained pieces of hair, skin, nails or even tears or droplets of blood behind a plate of glass. These were most commonly reserved for saints, priests, and other religious icons. Over time, these relics were made affordable for the rich and then the common man as well. These relics, soon to be known as keepsake jewelry, made mourning easier and the passing of a loved one less heartbreaking for those that lost a loved one or even a pet.

During the Victorian era, cremation jewelry was made of tightly woven hairs of the dead. These pieces looked similar to modern day crocheted items at craft fairs but much more tightly woven and intricate than those that you see today. These pieces of keepsake jewelry or love tokens were used to keep one close after death or during times of physical separation, such as times of war. During the Victorian era cremation was not popular, which is one reason that hair was used.

Today, keepsake jewelry is not filled with such items as blood droplets, tears, and pieces of skin. It was once considered bad luck to possess those things of the dead, therefore, people started carrying things like burial dirt, a lock of hair, or even the cremated ashes of their loved one so that they could keep them close and not have to worry about bad luck following them. Cremation jewelry is a great way to commemorate a loved one whether a relative or furry friend. Keepsake cremation jewelry comes in many designs, colors, shapes and types of materials. Precious stones, silver, gold, stainless steel and pewter are the most common.

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