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Choosing Engraving On Cremation Jewelry


What type of things should you choose, or rather think about choosing, to put on your cremation jewelry? Cremation jewelry is an essential part of remembering your loved ones, and with the national trend shooting up to 33% of individuals being cremated versus buried, it’s important to be aware of the options that are available. Cremation jewelry can be personalized to reflect the life of the deceased by adding customized text that further accentuates the relationship and life of the deceased.

Different Ideas For Engraved Text On Cremation Jewelry

One of the first things to consider is what you want to remember the deceased by. It could be a first and last name or a nickname, a date of birth or death or even a date that is a special anniversary. Choosing something that holds particular meaning can aid in feeling emotionally connected to the keepsake and the deceased.

Whether it is a name or a date or even a small saying, have the inscribed text hold a particular place in your heart. This is essential in not just remembering the deceased but also in honoring who they were and the meaning they brought to your life. Take the time to brainstorm what will mean the most when it comes to selecting engraved text.

Personal Engraved Text To Honor A Loved One

The role that our loved one’s play in our life is important and your engraved text can replicate that role. If you lost your beloved father, you may want to put something on there, like “beloved dad”. This will help you to feel like he is always with you. When you are struggling and you can reach for your pendant with his ashes in it, and then look at that phrase, it can serve as a reminder of a steady influence in your life and help you through the difficult moment. Choose a phrase or words that will bring some comfort and peace.

Other Options For Cremation Jewelry Engraving

People engrave all sorts of things on cremation jewelry. Some of the general phrases or words that family members or friends use to remember their deceased loved one:

  • First, middle, and last name
  • Birth date and death date
  • The relation to those around them, e.g., husband, father, and uncle
  • A phrase of remembrance, e.g., “forever in our hearts”, “in loving memory”, etc.
  • Short lines of endearment, e.g., “our eternal strength”, “love, peace, faith”, etc.
  • A favorite Bible saying, e.g., “love conquers all”, “peace be with you”, etc.
  • A signature of the person who died, to help remember how they wrote, and to give a personal feel to the engraving.
  • Custom sketches, signatures, and symbols of any combination, e.g. a person, animal or symbol, etc. that was especially important to the person who died can be engraved alongside the person’s name.
  • Traditional signs and symbols, e.g. peace signs, Ying Yang, hearts, tears, crosses, etc.

How Long Does It Take For Cremation Jewelry To Be Engraved?

Depending on the detail of the engraving it can take anywhere from ten minutes to a couple of hours to complete the engraved text. Different font styles and longer engraving or more complex design requests take additional time. Photo engraving is typically completed within twenty-four to forty-eight hours and detailed instructions on where to center the photo, cropping instructions, etc. are essential to assist the engraver in providing the exact image requested.

How Do I Submit My Text Or My Photo For Photo Engraving?

If you order photo engraving it is best to have the highest resolution possible for your jpeg or digital image. The higher the resolution the better quality end result. Upload your picture directly to the vendor and give clear and concise instructions with regards to who is to be on the keepsake, where the image is to be cropped and any other additional instructions which can help the engraver give you exactly what you are looking for. Don’t hesitate to ask to approve the image before engraving is started as most vendors will happily accommodate that request.

When submitting text to be engraved on a keepsake it’s important to adhere to the character limit. Most cremation jewelry has very limited space for engraved text and the character limit that is provided ensures the highest quality readability. Adding one or two additional characters in some instances may not be an issue but it is best to call the vendor directly and ask to speak to the engraver.

What Is The Turnaround Time On Engraving?

Most companies offer same day engraving and personalization on the majority of their keepsakes. More complex requests may take additional time and it’s best to contact the vendor directly for a delivery estimate.

It is important to keep in mind the time of day or day of the week that you place you order. Many retailers have a cut-off, for example 12:00 pm EST, for same day shipping or overnight orders. For those orders that are placed on a Friday for overnight delivery there are typically additional charges associated with Saturday delivery. Checking with the retailer about their shipping charges and delivery estimations can save time, money and aggravation down the road.

Is Engraving Essential?

While engraving is not an essential part of your cremation jewelry piece it can add a lot of emotional value to the keepsake. Customized text can make the item more personable, memorable and special to the person who orders it. If you’re already buying cremation jewelry, adding engraved text during the ordering process is easier than trying to do it once the item is received.

If you want to make that piece of cremation jewelry stand out and feel special, consider adding engraved text. For a small fee, you can enrich the emotional potential of your selected cremation jewelry by adding engraved text, symbols or pictures. Giving careful consideration to the engraved text and choosing a name, date or small saying that keeps the spirit and love of the deceased alive can help with the grieving process and provides a unique memento to remember your loved one.

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