The ultimate guide to choosing your memorial keepsake jewellery

Losing someone who meant everything to us can hurt us in places we never thought possible.

Grief is raw, ugly and unpredictable. 

Our keepsakes are so much more than just jewellery. They can bring comfort, give you a warm emotional hug or remind you of favourite moments with your loved ones.

When we experience grief and loss, we ask ourselves what we can do with our loved one’s ashes? Is there something we can make from their belongings? Is there an alternative to traditional urns?

Immeryours can create a keepsake from more than just ashes; we can turn many things into personalised keepsake jewellery, like mementos, locks of hair, fur, horse mane, material from a favourite shirt and flowers, are often sent to our studio.

Here is a little guide on choosing the best piece of keepsake jewellery for you.

Keepsake Jewellery created with Resin Stones

Resin is a lovely and adaptable medium to work with. We can create about any colour and style you desire. Almost anything can be incorporated into epoxy resin, which is one of the best multipurpose agent for keepsake jewellery. We never use UV resin to make your keepsakes; instead, we use and only work with high-quality Epoxy resin.

Is it durable? 

Resin jewellery should be treated as delicately as possible like all jewellery. 

Pros:

  • the most versatile medium for an artist to craft your keepsakes
  • durable with correct maintenance, such as ongoing maintenance with a jewellery cloth and resin wax
  • annual professional maintenance recommended 
  • can last a lifetime with proper maintenance
  • suitable for pendants, earrings, charms and bracelets
  • suitable for rings if care instructions are followed, 

Cons:

  • rings should ideally not be worn 24/7
  • The epoxy resin may react if exposed to chemicals, such as chlorine and other cleaning products. Epoxy is soluble in alcohol and acids, including vinegar; please avoid contact with these substances.
  • Epoxy resin can shrink and expand depending on the surrounding temperatures and manufacture. Regular checking is required to ensure your keepsake stone does not become loose.
  • We do not recommend resin stones in rings with less than 4 – claw, 4 – prong or peg setting.
  • Your epoxy may change colour over time, primarily white and transparent resin pieces. The lighter the shade of your stone, the more noticeable colour change will be, regardless of added UV protection.
  • professional maintenance recommended at least annually to remove light surface scratches and any discolouration 

All our resin stones cure in a custom-made pressure chamber. Casting under pressure is an excellent way to minimise the risk of shrinkage over time. Our epoxy resin is first placed in a vacuum chamber to remove trapped air bubbles. Later, the resin stone is then placed in a pressure pot—your stone cures at 50PSI for a minimum of 10 hours. The pressure pot is one of our favourite tools in the studio as it aids in producing high-quality keepsake stones. Our promise to you is only to use the highest grade of jewellery resin available on the market.

Memorial Jewellery created with Glass 

Ashes can be incorporated into a glass cabochon or charm and then set into jewellery. A glass cabochon can be made and placed on a layer of your keepsake, such as fur, flowers or fabric.

Pros:

  • can last a lifetime with proper care
  • no discolouration over time
  • simple maintenance such as wiping down with a wet microfibre cloth
  • suitable for pendants, earrings, charms and bracelets
  • can be worn in a keepsake ring with care

Cons:

  • can scratch or shatter if in contact with hard surfaces
  • limited design options compared to epoxy resin

Keepsake Jewellery created with Resin and Composite Stones

Our Immerstones are a combination of your keepsakes, composites and semi-precious gemstones. Keepsakes like ashes, dried umbilical cord or hair can be incorporated into an Immerstone.

Pros:

  • can last a lifetime with proper care and maintenance
  • no shrinkage over time
  • suitable for pendants, earrings, charms and bracelets
  • can be worn in a keepsake ring with care

Cons:

  • your jewellery needs to be taken off when showering or swimming due to possible contact with harmful chemicals
  • professional maintenance recommended at least every two years to remove light surface scratches
  • can react with surrounding chemicals, including chlorine and other cleaning products

Keepsake Jewellery created with genuine Gemstones

Choose from our genuine gemstones and diamonds in stock, or ask us to source a gemstone just for you. We work with both flatback cabochons and faceted gemstones. Your keepsake will be gently nestled below your sparkling gem as we gently set the stone over your keepsake. As always, we treat your keepsake with the utmost respect and carefully preserve it to ensure longevity. Many customers prefer this jewellery style if they do not want the keepsake to be visible. The wearer can then choose whether or not to share the special meaning behind their jewellery with others.

Pros:

  • Cremation Jewellery can be worn daily, depending on your choice of gemstone
  • Can last a lifetime with proper care and maintenance
  • Suitable for all jewellery styles and settings
  • Some special care might be required for ring settings, e.g.g softer stones like Opal and Pearls

Cons:

  • Price
  • some gemstones are softer than others, we are happy to guide you through and offer sensitive choices

Ash Infused Jewellery

Immeryours is home to the original ash-infused memorial jewellery. A unique design concept by Immeryours, respectfully crafted just for you in my studio in North Queensland. Your keepsake is directly infused into solid metals, like sterling silver and gold, allowing your most treasurable keepsake to be safely tugged away.

A gentle dance between fire and soul, like the ocean hugs the shore, this is how Immeryours works the metal around your precious keepsake. 

Our signature design, ash-infused rings, is both timeless and meaningful.

Pros:

  • Ash-Infused jewellery can be worn daily
  • It can last a lifetime with proper care and maintenance
  • Keepsakes are gently hidden away
  • Some special care might be required for ring settings
  • can be set with a gemstone of your choice

Cons:

  • limited design options
  • some gemstones are softer than others, we are happy to guide you through and offer sensitive choices

Urn-Style Keepsake Jewellery 

Keep your loved ones close with Urn and Lockets. A beautiful alternative if you prefer not to send your keepsake to us and instead fill in your jewellery with your keepsake. Often designed to hold precious remains, but can be filled with a lock of hair, fur and other precious mementos like beach sand or sand from a final resting place.

This type of keepsake jewellery is suitable to wear and protect your most valuable keepsakes every day due to being made from solid metals, like sterling silver white or yellow gold. 

Pros: 

  • no need to send remains or hair away

Cons:

  • limited in design
  • can be heavier than other memorial jewellery

Keepsakes created with Memorial Diamonds 

Cremation diamonds are made from the carbon contained in the ashes and hair. Please note that Immeryours is currently not offering Memorial Diamonds.

Pros: 

  • cremation Diamonds will withstand the test of time
  • visually very close to natural diamonds
  • excellent brilliance and shine
  • suitable for all jewellery styles and settings

Cons:

  • price
  • can take up to six months to be created by a lab
  • created overseas 

Keepsakes won’t bring back the person or pet we lost, but they can help us to continue their story and bring comfort when needed.

Where to go from here: 

You can read more about our jewellery guide here. Please email us with any questions. And if you wonder how the process works, here are a few simple steps that guide you through. 

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