Pet Cremation Jewelry
Keepsake memorial pet cremation jewelry refers to wearable jewelry that is designed to allow you to carry a small amount of your beloved pets ashes, a tuft of fur, dried ceremonial flowers or other small memento.
The tradition of keepsake jewelry dates back to the Middle Ages when "Memento Mori" ("Remember Me") jewelry was created by encasing hair in gold, silver or other precious material.
Mainely Urns' offers a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles to accommodate your personal tastes while representing the life of a beloved pet. Pieces are made of a wide variety of cherished materials including sterling silver, 14K gold, gold vermeil (gold plated), pewter, brass and titanium.
When not wearing your memorial pet cremation jewelry, you may wish to display it in a keepsake glass dome to honor your beloved pet. Keepsake Glass Domes have bases that are made of pewter or brass with a gold overlay.
Many items have the option of engraving the pet's name and life dates on to them.
Filling Your Keepsake Pet cremation jewelry
Filling your memorial jewelry is simple. Most jewelry pieces can be filled through a small screw opening with a provided filling kit. Each piece is shipped with a filling kit, and complete instructions on how to fill your jewelry item and how to clean and care for your keepsake jewelry item. Click here for more detailed instructions.
Gold Vermeil? Gold Filled? Gold Plated? Huh?
What are the differences between gold-plated, gold vermeil, and gold-filled?
What does the karat measure? How much silver is in sterling silver?
Gold-plated: A base metal such as steel or brass is dipped into a bath of electroplating solution, with a lump of solid gold. When an electric current is applied, a thin layer of gold is deposited on the metal. Since the plating is quite thin, the plate (and hence the colour) on findings can wear off.
Sterling Silver: is a mixture of pure silver and some other metal, usually copper. The resulting alloy gives the silver strength. The standard is at least 92.5% silver. Hence the .925 stamp you see on some sterling silver items.
Vermeil: (Pronounced: Vermay) is sterling silver that has been gold-plated. Most of our vermeil is plated with 22K-24K gold. This is a good combination for those with allergy to normal, plated jewelry items. The difference between vermeil, and gold-filled, is in the thickness of the gold and the base metal used. In vermeil, the base is sterling silver.
Gold-filled: also called rolled-gold. These jewelry items are not actually filled with gold. They are made of a base metal (usually brass or copper) covered by sheets of gold in a mechanical bonding process. Effectively a thick coat of gold: the gold content is 5% or 1/20 of the total weight. Use gold-filled items for your top-of-the-line jewelry. Usually made with 14k gold, it is hard wearing. With reasonable care it will not peel or flake, and should last as long as solid 14k gold jewelry. It is safe for most people with sensitive skin
Gold jewelry reacts with chlorine. Never take your gold jewelry into a pool or spa.
Allergies: Some people have allergic reactions to some plating.
The most common is nickel-plating- possibly up to 10% of people react to nickel. Unfortunately nickel is used to color gold, as an alloy, and sometimes in the electroplating process. If allergy is a problem, most jewelry makers like to use surgical steel, sterling silver, vermeil, or gold-filled items. The plating on plain electroplated items is usually too thin. A product called "Jewelry Shield" by Newall, which comes from the USA, claims to provide protection for jewelry allergy suffers.
Gold Purity – Karats: The karat is a very old measure of how much gold is in an alloy, or gold-blend. A measure of 1 Karat is where there is 1 part of pure gold and 23 parts of metal alloy - or 4% gold. So 24K is 100% pure gold. 9K is 37%, 14K is 58%, 18K is 75%