Gold vs. Gold Vermeil Jewelry

sunflower cremation jewelryFor many people, the difference between gold jewelry and gold substitutes makes life extremely challenging for them when picking up various pieces of jewelry.

Many people will rather go for 10, 14, 18 or even 24kt solid gold. However, the price of gold is very high these days, so If you don’t want to or cannot afford the real karat gold, then you should consider either vermeil or gold filled options instead. They are beautiful and give you the option not to have to purchase silver.

Any jewelry can be made from gold, gold vermeil or gold filled. Rings, bracelets, pendants and even memorial cremation necklaces.

You will want to make sure you are educated about the differences between the different gold jewelry on the market.when making a purchase. whether to buy Gold Filled or Gold Vermeil; both options out there are nice.

Gold Vermeil
Gold Vermeil is a gold-plated form of silver which is typically anything from 97-100% silver. Typically, the gold used here tends to be 18k-24k so you can know what you are dealing with. It typically has more gold on it than many gold “plated” pieces so they can be a great choice for those who want something with plenty of gold on there.
Typically, a Vermeil design will be regulated to ensure it has a minimum of 2.5 microns of vermeil layering on the jewellery. Typically, this can last for up to 40 years and keep that shine and style to it without going to over the top,. However, it can score with relative ease – even though it can be cleaned just as easily – and this keeps it looking smart and attractive for as long as it can.
The best thing about using Vermeil is that it tends to keep that class and quality about it in the years to come, making it a perfectly passable product to hand down to your loved ones as a gift.

Gold Filled
Filling is quite different to your normal form of Vermeil as described above, even if there is no actual gold filling. This is actually a tiny layer of gold which is then bonded to a metal of some form – brass most commonly – to add that layer to it. Typically, it’s known as “rolled” gold. This thin layer of gold is added on with high heat and pressure to ensure that they fuse together. Depending on the karat of the gold, the weighting of the gold will have to change – for anything over 12k, for example, the gold has to be less than 1/20 of the weight of the item.

This means that roughly the product is just 5% gold, meaning that it has far less “value” than the Vermeil editions above. They also have a very strong lifespan, though, and can typically last for several decades before they run out of quality and start to show through.
Whatever your choice is, though, you will now know that gold filled, gold vermeil and true full on karat gold all have similar properties in terms of how long they will last etc.
So, what will you go with?

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Hearts, The Symbol Of Love

hearts the symbol of love

Updated: August 18, 2019

For as long as just about anyone can remember, the heart has long been seen as the sign of true love and friendship – whether it’s going back to things like Valentine’s Day or going beyond that, you’ll find that men and women from across the world will celebrate their love for things with the love heart symbol. Even today when you look around, people express their love with gifts of heart jewelry, heart shaped chocolates on Valentines day, heart urns are popular as a way of commemorating those who have passed on that we had a deep and lasting love for. Even heart shaped emojis are used to let someone know you love them.

But what does this all mean? Why is the heart the shape of our affections and love for other people?

The history behind this goes beyond most generations, so far back indeed that nobody can tell you a specific starting date. What is known is that the main theories put it at some point in the 7th century, BC. The came from the fact that a state-city known as Cyrene was using a heart-shaped plant known as the silphium plant as a form of birth control.

Eventually, this became such an important part of the local community that small coins were made to commemorate this fact – they took on the shape of a heart, just like the plant.

hearts love's symbolHowever, this is not the only contending theory as to why things like heart shapes and heart urns exist today.
A wide range of objects on this planet take on the shape of a heart, including many theories that put the creation of these heart symbols to do with the shape of certain leaves. Leaves have always been used in painting and in art across the Middle Ages until today, and this has illustrated an incredible, romantic love between both man and woman – the leaf has always had a strong spiritual context as much as anything else.

Other civilizations that were prominent in shaping the world of their time, such as Ancient Egypt, held a strong reverence for the heart shape and believed that the heart was the epitome of morality. The Greeks believed that it stood for thoughts and emotions. The range of ideas and theories as to why this occurred is a long and complex process, and tends to be something that most people do not understand – it’s believed that the heart and its connection with love comes from the fact that our heart will skip a beat, or start racing, depending on how we feel about our emotions.

Our love for others is one of the strongest emotional drivers that we have, so it makes perfect sense that this continues to change and to fit with the way that most of us look at what the hart achieves. Whilst we may never know its true origins, it’s safe to say that the heart will always retain this incredible importance within symbols and society.

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Memorializing Your Baby

Lovely Ways to Memorialize Your Baby

baby booties  When the passing of a young baby occurs, the sheer depth and pain of the tragedy can be almost impossible to manage at times. What you have gone through is a deeply traumatizing and hurtful experience, and it’s important that you can find a way to move on in time.
A failure to do so really can leave you feeling unable to cope with life, and with no real path to follow. To avoid this kind of dark path, you should always consider the importance of properly memorializing your baby with baby urns and other similar products.

Having a memento for their life can be a source of strength and inspiration for you later on down the line when you have got back on your feet. Being able to be reminded of their life rather than their passing can be something that keeps you going, rather than something that holds you back. Learning about memorializing your baby, though, is a deeply challenging task especially if the event only recently occurred. However, we recommend trying any of the following;

    • Use decorations and precious mementos to give their grave some extra meaning, and so that you can always know that you have left a fitting gift to their life
    • A special piece of jewelry with the birthstone of the child can be a great way to memorize them and to always have something nearby that you can keep close to you
    • Don’t ever feel that you should never use the name of the child – if you had agreed upon a name, never be afraid to use it
      Submit a little poem about the loss that you have suffered to a pregnancy loss newsletter – it can be a good way to relieve some of that pain and hurt, and share your strength with others who may need it
    • A little piece of artwork, a photograph or décor can be a great way to make your baby urns look more personal. If you don’t like thinking of it as a passing then use a more comforting looking urn to help you stay strong in those tough moments, using the baby urn to celebrate their life rather than mourn the passing
    • Never be afraid to submit a story online about what you have been through – sharing that with others can be an incredible source of strength and help to keep you going in even the toughest of times
  •  Purchase a special candle that fits with the name of the baby, and light that every year on their birthday as a little memento.

Memorializing the ones that we love and what they have been through is especially challenging, but if you are willing to put in the time and the effort to try and see the more positive side of the fact they even lived at all then this can be a brilliant way to keep your memory and your spirit at peace.

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How Much Does A Pet Cremation Cost

 The Cost of Pet Cremation

pet cremation costWhen it comes to the passing of a beloved animal, it can be hard to deal with the consequences and the challenges that this brings. Instead of letting it get you down and leave you feeling horrible, though, it’s better to look forward and to make sure that your pet can receive a fitting send-off.
As hard as it may be to deal with and to put together, the pet cremation service is an important one for saying goodbye. It means that the animal can have a fair passing and this will let you relax and feel a little easier with regards to moving on.

However, the cost of pet cremation is something that you need to consider as there are various charges and costs that come up – not least pet urns. You will need something to store the ashes in so you need to think about getting a quality, fitting piece of equipment to put the ashes in so that your beloved pet can get the rest that it needs.

When looking at the various charges involved in pet cremation, you should try and consider all of the following as potential charges that may come up;

  • You’ll find that the cost of the actual service can be anything from $55-100 for smaller animals. Larger animals like a dog or a cat can be $100-$150 and pet cremation for larger dogs of 50-120+ pounds being anything from $150-$150
  • However, the service should include a service that will be on-call and working to your needs and whims. They should be able to pick up the pet and take it to the cremation facility. Then, the pet will be specifically tagged and placed in a special kind of furnace.
  • You might also find, though, that the cost of pet cremation can include a charge of $45 when picking up the ashes. Also, you can usually pay an additional fee on top to get a chance to view the process take place if you would feel comfortable doing so.
  • An engraved name plate for your pet urns that you decide to get can cost you anything from $10-$25 depending on where you go.

Add all of this together, and you can find that the cost of pet cremation, pet urns and the services involved with holding a service – if you so choose – can be something to think about. However, if you ask around you enough and you work with a cremation service that is communal and the ashes are scattered on the site along with other animals, you can find that there is a change to get discounts of as much as 50%.
Look around and make your decision, as the costs can be quite challenging to work with if you do not expect to be paying much – the cost of pet cremation, however, is very fair and can be an excellent way to send your pet off.

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The History of Urns for Ashes

The History of Using Urns for Ashes


For as long as most of us have been alive, urns for ashes have been something we are are familiar with, even if not commonplace in the U.S. until recently – it almost feels as if it’s been going on so long that it’s always been around. However, there was a time when cremations and ash urns were not around. Although there is no definitive answer as to when urns for ashes started being used, it can usually be attributed back to some time in the early Stone Ages. Most estimate that urns for ashes started to become a thing around 3000 B.C. and the vast majority of clues point to it coming from Europe, or maybe even the Near East.

It quickly started to spread from its heritage across North Europe, though, and within a short period of time there was a significant amount of pottery urns made with simple decoration. In Russian and Slavic ruins and old locations, many urns  from generations long past have been found – whilst the decorations started out rather basic due to a lack of any good tools to work with at the time, this soon changed.

By the time that the Bronze Age came around, cremation was now a big part of many parts of Europe such as the British Isles and many parts of the Iberian Peninsula. The growing use of cremation meant that more detailed and more varied urns started to appear, as urns for ashes quickly started to become a thing.

The Grecians were one of the first groups to use it as a custom, though, and it became a very dominant part of their existence – and end – in the Mycenaean Age. The country was involved n serious battles, and it was believed that cremating bodies instead of letting them build up and rot would cause a better long-term level of living for residents. Given the prominence of plague and the like during these eras, it’s very easy to see why cremation started to become more popular.

urn for ashes

The Romans, though, made a massive impact on cremation as they widely used it and made it a significant part of their culture for burial. However, it was widely disliked by early Christians who deemed to it to be Pagan in origin and the Jewish also disliked the style as they preferred the more traditional sepulcher burials instead.

By 400 AD, though, the Christianization of the Roman Empire by Constantine made sure that earth burial became a far more prominent part of the process. It also started to replace urns for ashes and they fell out of common fashion for some time. It was not until the last century or so that cremation started to return, as the likes of Prof. Brunetti from Italy started to create a far bigger noise about the benefits of cremation.

This, in turn, restored urns for ashes to the spotlight. By the late 1800s, it was now restored to the British Isles under Queen Victoria and it started to grow in propensity across Europe. Fast forward to today, and cremation and urns for ashes are beginning to become far more popular again by virtue of their unique design style, creating a whole new range of urns as well as seeing crematoriums open up en masse across the globe.

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