What is memorial jewellery?

Memorial necklace and pendant around woman's neck.

Memorial jewellery is a way of commemorating someone who’s passed away. It can be a specially designed pendant, ring, or bracelet that helps you keep a loved one close. It’s a symbolic gesture that brings the wearer comfort. Memorial jewellery is also known as mourning jewellery or remembrance jewellery.

Where does memorial jewellery come from?

Memorial jewellery has been worn since ancient times but it became popular in the Victorian period. This is because after Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert, died, she wore all black for years afterwards. She also wore black jewellery. This type of mourning jewellery became popular and continues to have its place today.

Different types of memorial jewellery

Even though it became popular in the 1800s memorial jewellery has changed. It can now look like any other piece of jewellery you might wear. It can be made in many ways with different materials. But the design takes a lot of thought because it means a lot to the wearer.

Here are the different types of memorial jewellery you might come across. It may help you choose a ring, pendant or bracelet that helps you remember a loved one.

Memorial jewellery for ashes

Also known as cremation jewellery, this is usually made with a small amount of the person’s ashes embedded in it. It can be put into rings, pendants, bracelets and cuff links. And it can be incorporated into the jewellery in different ways. For example, it can be set in resin or glass. It can be placed in a small chamber that’s set in the jewellery. Or it can be heated to make a memorial diamond. Speak to the jewellery designer about what you’d like. They’ll work with you so you can create a design that’s right for you.

Memorial jewellery with hair

If you’d like, a lock of hair can be included in jewellery too. It can be set in resin or glass, or it can be kept inside a chamber that’s featured on the piece of jewellery. It’s a keepsake that’ll help keep your loved one close.

Engraved memorial jewellery

Another way of remembering a loved one with jewellery is to have a piece engraved. Here are a few ideas that might be suitable:

Fingerprint memorial jewellery

A completely bespoke memorial jewellery piece can also be made with your loved one’s fingerprint. The jeweller will usually ask the funeral director to get the fingerprints and the jewellery will then have an exact print to work with. They’ll incorporate the fingerprint into the design leaving you with piece of memorial jewellery that’s completely unique.

If you’re looking for other ways to commemorate a loved one who’s passed away read our guide to choosing a memorial. We hope it’ll help you find the right tribute for your loved one.

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Funeral Director fees

The price quoted contains the Funeral Director fees for a simple funeral. This includes:

  • Funeral Director fees for meetings, paperwork and running the funeral
  • Collection of the deceased and care prior to funeral
  • Hearse or appropriate vehicle for transport to the funeral
  • Basic coffin

The Funeral Director fees quoted do not include third party costs (often called disbursements). The Funeral Director will guide you through your options. These costs are:

  • Cremation or burial fees
  • Medical certificate for cremation
  • Clergy or officiant fee for conducting the ceremony

In addition to the disbursements you may want to discuss optional costs with your Funeral Director - these could include:

  • Funeral flowers
  • Memorial (venue hire, catering etc)
  • Memorial headstone
  • Orders of service
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What is a Direct Cremation?

A Direct Cremation is an alternative to the traditional funeral. This involves the cremation of the deceased without a funeral service. A Direct Cremation is generally the most economic option because costs of the coffin, preparation of the body, funeral service and expensive transportation are not included. However, many people choose Direct Cremations for reasons other than expense, for example:

  • - Wanting to have a memorial at a different time to the cremation
  • - Expressed desire from the deceased to not have a ceremony
  • - Individuals with relatives who face big physical or geographical challenges in coming together for a ceremony

The prices quoted for Direct Cremations include:

  • All charges, meetings and paperwork for the cremation
  • Collection of deceased and care prior to cremation
  • A simple coffin and urn for the ashes
  • Cremation fees and delivery of ashes to the family
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Attended funeral

This is Funeral Choice’s best estimate of this Funeral Director’s fees for an Attended Funeral, which is where family and friends have a ceremony or service for the deceased person at the same time as they attend their burial or cremation.

This price includes the following:

  • Taking care of all necessary legal and administrative arrangements
  • Collecting and transporting the deceased person from the place of death (normally within 15 miles of the funeral director’s premises) into the funeral director’s care
  • Care of the deceased person before the funeral in appropriate facilities.
  • Providing a suitable coffin
  • Optional viewing of the deceased person for family and friends, by appointment with the funeral director
  • At a date and time you agree with the funeral director, taking the deceased person direct to the agreed cemetery or crematorium (normally within 20 miles of the funeral director’s premises) in a hearse or other appropriate vehicle

In addition to the Funeral Director’s fee, there will be third party costs to consider (sometimes called disbursements) to cover the other aspects of a funeral (such as the crematorium or burial fees). Your chosen Funeral Director will be able to provide these for you.

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Unattended funeral

This is Funeral Choice’s best estimate of this Funeral Director’s fees and the crematorium fee for an Unattended Funeral, which is where family and friends may choose to have a ceremony, event or service for the deceased person, but they do not attend the burial or cremation itself. This is also known as a Direct Cremation.

This price includes the following:

  • Funeral Director's fees
  • Crematorium fee (for an unattended funeral) as selected by the Funeral Director

In addition to this fee, there might be additional third party costs to consider (sometimes called disbursements). Your chosen Funeral Director will be able to explain these for you.

If you wish to attend the funeral, you should view the “Attended Funeral” price instead.

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Funeral Director fees

The price quoted contains the Funeral Director fees for a simple funeral. This includes:

  • Funeral Director fees for meetings, paperwork and running the funeral
  • Collection of the deceased and care prior to funeral
  • Hearse or appropriate vehicle for transport to the funeral
  • Basic coffin

The Funeral Director fees quoted do not include third party costs (often called disbursements). The Funeral Director will guide you through your options. These costs are:

  • Cremation or burial fees
  • Medical certificate for cremation
  • Clergy or officiant fee for conducting the ceremony

In addition to the disbursements you may want to discuss optional costs with your Funeral Director - these could include:

  • Funeral flowers
  • Memorial (venue hire, catering etc)
  • Memorial headstone
  • Orders of service
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