Jewelry always tells a story
There are generally two types of jewelry purchases—fashion and fine. Fashion jewelry is just that, something to enhance the current fashion. It can be beautiful and well crafted, but more often than not, it is usually made of a lower quality gold- or silver- plated material, is not particularly durable, and in general, can be “disposable”.
Fine jewelry purchases on the other hand, usually have a higher price point and are often more classic in their styling. It usually is of a metal quality such as 14k gold or sterling silver and of a design you’d be proud to pass on to your children and your grandchildren. Fine jewelry has a history or unique story the whole family knows and enjoys.
Frequently, people buy fine jewelry to mark some kind of special occasion—a birthday, anniversary, new baby, significant holidays, and others. This type of purchase can have a stronger story attached to it also. Wearing that ruby necklace reminds the wearer of the Christmas it was received, who gave it to them, and why. A gold and diamond pendant from the 10th anniversary evokes private smiles and cherished memories. A gorgeous heirloom pearl necklace passed from grandmother to mother to daughter connects family. Funny how the best loved pieces of jewelry always tell a story!
I feel cremation jewelry falls more into the fine jewelry category. There is usually so much deeper thought, emotion, and intention involved when choosing the shape, color, and style of cremation jewelry. It is intensely personal to choose and wear.
Cremation jewelry is a wonderful way to remember all the good times and funny stories of your beloved pet. That goofy trick your pet would do for a treat, the hilarious sound of their snoring, and the simple act of being your friend without any expectations beyond a head scratch (and yummy treats if you really must insist!).
These stories become part of the jewelry itself, and those gentle reminders of a life well-lived, well-loved, and ultimately well honored stay with it. I carry my TouchStone of Maddie everywhere in my pocket. For me, his funny stories and cherished memories are but just a touch away. Fine jewelry indeed.