While I was in Saltaire at the beginning of May for a show, one of my newer designs prompted a comment from a lady that got me thinking.
This particular piece isn't even in the shop yet (I know, I know, I'll get it done!) but here's a picture that I've just snapped....
These are my "Vine" lockets, the top slides up the chain allowing you to pop a little note or love letter into it. So what was the comment that got my thinking, I hear you ask......this lovely lady asked me if it was possible to place a loved ones ashes into it and have it soldered shut and I replied "Of course!"
Memorial jewellery isn't a new thing. The Victorians would wear lockets containing photos and locks of hair. More recently, memorial jewellery has moved on again to feature cremation ashes, whether of our human loved ones or our furry family members, sometimes in lockets and sometimes set in resin. I've set some of the ashes of my own Burmese cat into resin and turned them into a wearable piece of jewellery.
So, I'm thinking of offering this service, placing ashes into "Vine" lockets or creating pieces in my own style that would incorporate your loved ones ashes. What are your thoughts on this? Is this something you would like?