A Guide to Memorial Jewellery – FIYAH

Learn more about choosing the right piece of memorial jewellery to honour your loved one with our guide

Memorial Jewellery Guide

When a loved one passes away, it’s only natural for family members to search for a way to keep the memory of their loved one alive, and in turn, strengthen the family bond of those left behind. Making memorial jewellery the perfect tribute and keepsake for friends and family.

What Is Memorial Jewellery?

When a loved one passes away, it’s only natural for family members to search for a way to keep the memory of their loved one alive, and in turn, strengthen the family bond of those left behind. Making memorial jewellery the perfect tribute and keepsake for friends and family. The death of a loved one evokes all kinds of feelings, emotions, and sentiments, and as everyone expresses their grief in different ways, it’s not uncommon for individuals to feel isolated, and lonely during this period of bereavement. It’s this sentiment that makes memorial jewellery such a beneficial and valued idea. Family members or friends, wearing matching, exclusive jewellery pieces that are symbolic of their love, and dedicated to the memory of a loved one, can restore a sense of togetherness to their family, strengthening their bonds and connections. Memorial jewellery isn’t just about inspiring loving and supportive relationships during bereavement, memorial jewellery also allows its wearers to reflect and to feel closer to the person they have lost. Whether you’ve said a painful goodbye to a family member after a long period of illness, or the sudden death of a friend has left a heart-breaking hole in your life, wearing a symbolic piece of unique jewellery can ease your pain and hurt and help you channel your grief into something comforting, and expressive.

Where Does Memorial Jewellery Originate From?

Did you know that memorial jewellery in the UK isn’t just a modern take on remembrance and enlightenment? This style of jewellery has origins dating back as far as the Middle Ages but was particularly prevalent in the Victorian era, where grieving family members would commemorate the fragility of life and express their connection to a departed loved one with Mourning jewellery. The comfort and solace of keeping a loved one close, even after they have passed away, is something that the bereaved have always wanted, even hundreds of years ago.

What Kind Of Memorial Jewellery Is Right For Me?

Finding the right piece of memorial keepsake jewellery is something that takes time. As there are so many different factors, issues and sentiments to consider, it simply cannot be rushed into. Perhaps you’re looking for something small and delicate that you and your sisters can wear, like memorial bracelets, perhaps something practical you can wear every day such as a set of earrings, or maybe something highly personal such as an engraved memorial necklace that you can take comfort and reassurance from.

 There are various kinds of memorial jewellery available today, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed at the idea of finding the perfect way to express your love, empathy, and memories. But take comfort from the knowledge that no matter your circumstances, there’s something to suit every lifestyle, commemoration, and sentiment. When searching for the right memorial piece the following factors should be considered.

Your Lifestyle

One of the most important factors to consider. The chosen design of your memorial jewellery should speak to you on a personal style level, but also set the tone for your connection with your family and the loss of your loved one. The design choice is incredibly personal, however, there are numerous style choices to consider based on the significance of your keepsake. From religious sentiments that make you feel closer to your faith during this difficult time, angel wing and feather designs that represent the angelic realm and the guidance that it brings, healing energy from pieces embedded with crystals, or something that reminds you of your loved one, an animal, their birthstone, a musical tribute or an infinity style.

The Design

Choosing the right design for your memorial keepsake jewellery isn’t always easy. However, listen to your heart and you may find yourself drawn towards a particular piece. There are various kinds of memorial jewellery available today, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed at the idea of finding the perfect way to express your love, empathy, and memories. But take comfort from the knowledge that no matter your circumstances, there’s something to suit every lifestyle, commemoration, and sentiment. When searching for the right memorial piece the following factors should be considered.

The Size And Material

If you’re leaning towards a memorial necklace for dad or a pair of memorial earrings for a grandparent then sizing shouldn’t be too much of an issue. If you’re looking at memorial rings or memorial bracelets, however, you may want to consider sizing options. All UK memorial jewellery should fit comfortably and make you feel safe, consoled, and close to your loved ones. Poorly fitted options will make it difficult to express your emotions and make a connection with your chosen piece. Opting for adjustable jewellery, such as stretch and corded bracelets, fully adjustable rings and resizable linked bracelets will ensure your chosen piece is always comfortable and spiritually supporting you throughout this challenging time and beyond.

 Wearing authentic metals isn’t just a hallmark of the quality of your memorial jewellery, it’s a commitment to the sentiment you’re expressing. Therefore, when searching for your perfect unique piece, such as a memorial necklace, bracelet or ring, look for hallmarked sterling silver (925 for purity) or hallmarked solid gold (375 for 9ct and 750 for 18ct) to ensure the longevity of your keepsake and authenticity of your item and memorial token.  

The Environmental Impact

Just as creating a meaningful and intuitive connection with a loved one is important, so is the impact on the planet. Creating memorial keepsake jewellery shouldn't have to be at the expense of the world we live in, after all, it’s not easy to nurture a bond and a spiritual connection with your memorial jewellery if the creator isn’t doing their bit to promote harmony and kindness towards the planet. Take positive steps to ensure that the vendor you choose is focused on minimising their impact on the world and using materials from sustainable sources. Utilising recyclable packing materials, even recycled metals, and a dedication to reducing their carbon footprint are all signs of a responsible memorial jewellery creator. 

Your Budget

Naturally, you should always take your budget into consideration when searching for memorial jewellery. Pricing out yourself, family members and friends who also want to commemorate a loved one, will only cause conflict and make an emotional understanding difficult to achieve. For example, if you’re planning on purchasing memorial bracelets for you and your friends to wear in unity, discuss the appropriate price range and only act once everyone is in agreement. This approach will prevent an imbalance of empathy and ensure everyone is brought together in grief, hope and compassion.

It Can Bring Grieving Families Together

Sadly, not all grieving families rally together once they have been rocked by the death of a relative. Whether it was an unexpected loss or your loved one succumbed to age or illness, in some cases, there can be anger, frustration and unpleasant words exchanged in the heat of the moment. For other families, they may find themselves unable to communicate and as a result, relationships break down without obstruction. Again, this is where jewellery can help. When you and your loved ones choose a piece of bereavement jewellery to wear in solidarity, to share your grief and to keep the legacy of your loved one thriving, it can rebuild those fractured relationships and strengthen the all-important bonds that make family so important.

How Will You Take Care Of Your Memorial Jewellery?

As your unique commemorative piece is your connection to your loved one, you’ll want to take care of it and preserve it for as long as possible. This means taking it off when it’s at risk of being damaged and providing regular jewellery maintenance to keep it looking fresh, clean and bright. Precious metals such as silver, gold and sterling silver can easily be brought back to their original state with jewellery polish and a cloth. Encourage others who are sharing the same sentiment as you with a memorial necklace, bracelet or earrings to regularly clean and maintain their unique piece.

What Types of Memorial Jewellery Are Available?

Memorial keepsakes are accessible to anyone who wants to make a statement and express their compassion through their jewellery. This means no matter your style, there’ll be something to match your needs.

Necklaces

Necklaces are a wonderful way to convey your compassion and to communicate your connection with your loved ones. The great thing about a memorial necklace is that you can happily have it on display, or keep your sentiment private and safe under your clothing. We all grieve differently, and memorial keepsake jewellery gives us the ability to express our heartache and our emotions any way we wish. Whether you’re thinking of an engraved memorial necklace, or you have something more subtle in mind you can choose from: 

- Pendant necklaces with charms that symbolise your connection with a loved one, such as angel wings, hearts, leaves and dreamcatchers, religious symbols or spiritual tokens.  

- Chain and linked necklaces including curb, the Prince of Wales, belcher, Figaro and other styles to differentiate from others who are wearing the same design.

- All styles in either sterling silver or high-quality gold.

Whether you’re thinking of a memorial necklace for dad, or something you and your friends can wear to strengthen your relationship after the passing of a loved one, a memorial necklace is a simple, yet effective way to grieve and remember in private or with others by your side.

Bracelets

Small and subtle, dainty and delicate, or durable and dependable. Whichever way you view your loved one, or however you wish to honour their memory, memorial bracelets are a touching tribute for any departed dear one. When worn alongside your friends and family, they help to create a sense of loyalty and togetherness, when worn alone they’re a peaceful and constant reminder that your loved one is near and of the cherished memories you hold. Whether you’re choosing a dad memorial bracelet or another sentiment, opting for a bracelet means an abundance of choice and a faithful representation of the affection and devotion you have for your loved one even though they are no longer with you. Styles to choose from include:

- Charm bracelets where you can collect charms with both personal and spiritual meanings.

- Solid bangles with meaningful engravings, a plain and simple design or a positive and sentimental emblem such as the infinity symbol, a love heart or feather plume.

- Cuff bracelets adorned with healing crystals or cuffed with angels’ wings that represent peace and the divine.

- Adjustable corded bracelets, available in various colours to match your personal choice or to differentiate from others who are wearing the same style.

Wearing a memorial bracelet is ideal for groups of individuals who want to share a connection with a loved one who has passed. Or as a subtle, personal memento that you can hold close when you need it the most.

Earrings

The choice of memorial keepsake jewellery also extends to stunning earrings and ear decorations such as cuffs and climbers, dangles and drops, huggies and hoops. Perfect for those who want to commemorate the loss of a loved one and share their connection, but also for those who don’t like to wear larger pieces of jewellery for personal or practical reasons. Whether you’re an individual looking for a subtle tribute or you and your friends want to acknowledge your loss and ensure the passing of your loved one brings you closer together, memorial earrings tick all the boxes. Keepsake earring styles include:

- Drop earrings: This feminine style will not only complement your personal style but drop earrings mean you can decorate your ears with charms that represent your connection to your loved ones. From dual plume, feather styles that represent love and new beginnings, to infinity drops and drop hoops.

- Full Hoop earrings: Full hoop earrings are feminine and can also be a perfect tribute. The versatility of this style of earring makes them ideal for groups who want to wear something that is subtly identical and delicate.

When looking for memorial jewellery in the UK, finding something that compliments your lifestyle is essential. Otherwise, the bond and connection you want to preserve with your loved one may be difficult to achieve. Earrings are ideal for those who want to cherish a commemorative keepsake and express themselves through their jewellery without their everyday pursuits interfering with their spiritual connection.

What Should You Avoid When Buying Memorial Jewellery?

Memorial Jewellery is all about creating a lasting connection with a loved one who is no longer with you. The investment of a unique piece to wear in collaboration with friends and family members or as a personal tribute works to bring you closer together and build on relationships that have been rocked by grief and loss. Expressing yourself through your jewellery means you’ll want to achieve the right look and feel from your chosen piece, therefore you must get it right. So, take positive steps to avoid these common mistakes and to make a spiritual connection that echoes your commitment and bond to your loved one.

Avoid Un-Hallmarked Jewellery

Memorial Jewellery is all about creating a lasting connection with a loved one who is no longer with you. The investment of a unique piece to wear in collaboration with friends and family members or as a personal tribute works to bring you closer together and build on relationships that have been rocked by grief and loss. Expressing yourself through your jewellery means you’ll want to achieve the right look and feel from your chosen piece, therefore you must get it right. So, take positive steps to avoid these common mistakes and to make a spiritual connection that echoes your commitment and bond to your loved one.

Poor Independent Reviews

Knowing that others have reached out to a memorial jewellery company and have had a positive experience is both reassuring and hopeful. Always conduct plenty of independent research before you choose your memorial keepsake jewellery. If they have bad reviews, delve a little deeper – was the issue resolved? Was the problem reoccurring? Ask yourself if this is the company you want to entrust your commemorative piece to. The company should be sensitive and mindful of your current situation and offer help and guidance every step of the way, their reviews will reflect this.

Poor Communication

This is a difficult time for you and your family and finding solace in a dad memorial bracelet or another intimate keepsake is something that should be handled with care and sincerity. When queries go unanswered, or you’re left waiting to hear back about an issue with your order, or the answers you get are confusing or unhelpful, ask yourself if this is who you want to trust with your connection to a loved one.

Who Might Benefit From Memorial Jewellery?

The loss of a loved one leaves a gaping hole in numerous lives. It simply cannot be filled, and while they say that time is a healer, it’s worth remembering that we don’t recover from this grief, we simply become used to it. Memorial keepsake jewellery can help bridge the gap of loss that you may be feeling, while it cannot replace the loved one who is gone, nor heal the anguish in your heart, it can give individuals a sense of closeness to the deceased, create a sense of fellowship with other wearers, and inspire a sense of spirituality and enlightenment. Anyone who has suffered a loss can wear memorial jewellery and embrace a different way to express their inner strength and sense of family love.

Family Members

A vacant space at the dinner table, an empty seat in the car, one less stocking hanging from the mantlepiece at Christmas; when a family member passes over, their absence is felt in so many ways. Family members can elect to wear unique or similar pieces to honour a lost loved one. A dad memorial bracelet, memorial ring, or necklace, are all items that family members can wear in unison, creating a fellowship of loss and strength. Each piece can represent something different to each individual, whilst evoking a sense of family love and unity.

Friendship Groups

The loss of a close friend is something that you’ll carry with you for the rest of your life. You’ll be forever wondering what their future could have entailed before it was so unexpectedly and cruelly snatched away. In the aftermath of a death, friends can often feel as though their grief comes second to that of the family. However, embracing keepsake jewellery to honour the life of a friend can ensure that their own memories and self-healing journey are not neglected. A memorial necklace, matching earrings or a memorial bracelet make wonderful tributes that friendship groups can wear collectively in their honour.

Teenagers

Raging hormones, peer pressure, self-image issues, social and romantic troubles; as if the life of a teen weren’t complicated enough, the death of a family member, friend or loved one can turn their entire life upside down. It’s not always easy for teenagers to express their emotions and they can often feel misunderstood and struggle to find their own way to grieve. This is where memorial jewellery can help. Whether they choose a memorial necklace, earrings, bracelets, or anklet, it will help them express themselves through their jewellery choice and maintain a connection to their loved one.

Individuals Who Are Struggling Emotionally

Loss can have a devastating impact on your emotional state. No matter your age, gender or the type of relationship you had with the deceased, grief has a way of filtering into your subconscious and creating profound emotional reactions that you feel you have no control over. Grief and mental struggles can manifest themselves in numerous ways, from anxiety attacks and chronic fatigue to distress, and even insomnia. Naturally, reaching out to your doctor and speaking about your mental health is always recommended, however memorial keepsake jewellery could also help you find balance by bringing calm and comfort into your life. By maintaining a connection between you and your loved one, you can find solace either on your wrist, around your neck or on your finger. Allowing you to take each day at a time and protecting the memory of the person you lost.

Bereavement Rings

Wearing a memory around your finger is one of the most effective ways to keep your loved one eternally close to you. Again, groups of friends and family members may go down the jewellery path as a way to strengthen their bonds and unite them after a loss, with bereavement rings being an incredibly popular choice. With bereavement rings you can enjoy variety, adjustable options and high-quality materials, so whether you want to wear your bereavement ring every day or you intend to pass it on to your own children decades from now, your chosen piece will still evoke the same sentiment and emotional attachment from the moment you placed it on your finger to the day you pass it down. The most popular options include:

In Conclusion

Memorial jewellery could be the trinket you need during this difficult period of your life. The right piece of jewellery, such as a dad memorial bracelet, ring or necklace could enhance your journey to self-healing, strengthen your connection to your family and friends and give you the outlet you need to express your emotions, perfectly. Finding the right trinket doesn’t have to be a painful process or contribute to your grief and anguish. Following the direction above and listening to your heart will guide you to the right piece of memorial jewellery, keeping the memory of your loved one alive for years to come.