Memorial (Cremains) Jewelry is very personal. The process itself requires unparalleled attention to design and detail, as well as reverence and respect.
Carasmiths has been committed to our signature collection EternaMemories for nearly 10 years. We pioneered a unique process of adding cremains (ashes) to art glass which today includes imagery and celebrates the life of your loved one.
How it began: A friend passed suddenly, and we considered several memorial ideas for his wife.
He was to be cremated. Traditionally cremains (ashes) are stored in memorial urns or sacredly scattered. We learned about compressing cremains into man-made diamonds -- a lovely tribute, but beyond the reach of many people. So with the encouragement and advice of my engineer husband and glass artist friends, I created what's referred to as a cremains memorial cabochon in molten art glass...and EternaMemories began. The results were fantastic, but more rewarding was actually presenting the pendant to our friend and how it made her feel.
Overwhelmingly people say EternaMemories offers a sense of peace. We began using the same design process to memorialize pets. We then added touchstones and keepsakes for life celebrations beyond traditional funerals including birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, as well as larger glass panel “paintings”.
Memorial jewelry and art is a growing trend. It's important to note that not all cremains objet d’art are created the same. Carasmiths handcrafts custom EternaMemories through client feedback one-at-a-time. A distinctive and differentiating element of our process is that cremains are embedded within the glass so that they are visible to beholders but not overwhelmingly obvious. For you, the cherisher, this means a tasteful and elegantly designed memorial for wear, display or keeping.
EternaMemories indeed start conversations...you decide if and how to tell the story.
Ours is a customer-focused, sensitive process beginning with the initial client conversation. At Carasmiths, we understand that you’ve entrusted us with a commission to honor your beloved, whether a family member, friend or pet. We start by gathering your selected color, size, shape and image choices for your EternaMemories pendant, keepsake, touchstone or bead which will be handcrafted in art glass.
Glass is a truly reflective canvas that allows for so many creative inclusions. We will permanently encase cremains (ashes) within your chosen art glass design. For situations that may not allow for cremains inclusion, we can use a favorite garden flower, a swatch of cotton cloth or a few strands of hair for encasement using a similar process. Like cremains, these appear as subtle inclusions (markings) in your final piece. If you prefer, we can create EternaMemories without any inclusions. Only you will know what the inclusions represent as they will be visible but subdued.
After you select and complete your purchase, a collection kit will be expedited to you via USPS Priority including instructions on how to submit cremains or other items (flower petals, cotton cloth or hair) for inclusion. This relatively simple process requires only a small amount of cremains (the size of a pea) but if you prefer, cremains collection may be facilitated by your funeral director. The collection kit will include everything needed to submit your ordered items, including a summary you may choose to provide our artist about your loved one to guide the creative process.
Within 2-4 weeks of receipt of your collection kit, Carasmiths will ship your EternaMemories order in discrete, secure, trackable, insured USPS packaging.