Lockets are timeless pieces of accessories. Today, jewelry makers still feature traditional designs on their craft. Contemporary designs are also becoming more popular. Typically, jewelers feature long chains, charms, and rings along with the lockets. One of the popular variations of lockets is the cremation locket. People use cremation lockets as a keepsake for the remains of their loved ones, particularly their ashes.
In the past, memories of our loved ones can only be in the form of photographs or locks of hair placed in a locket. But now, better options are available. Since cremation has been a conspicuous trend in burying a family member who passed away, cremation lockets also became a convenient option for people. If you want a part of your loved ones to always close to you, the cremation locket is your best bet. This cremation jewelry is useful for those who want to create a special memorial for their loved ones. It is the best option for mourners who want to store ashes in a more personal way.
We created a brief locket guide below on how you can get the best cremation locket while maintaining an enhanced look You must know how to properly care for your jewelry and where to best keep your jewelry. It is available in different styles: from romantic heart-shaped pendants to modern cylindrical pendants. You can also customize the finish of the cremation pendant: get a smooth finish, mark an engraving, or add additional intricate details on the exterior of your necklaces.
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History of Lockets
Lockets’ necklaces became popular in the Victorian Era. It was used to store photos, cuts of hair, or bits of clothing. The typical style features a charm that opens with a hinge. It also follows the shape and often has intricate details on its exterior. Once opened, the keepsake will be revealed. Today, more designs and styles are available. It is simply amazing that ashes can now be stored in the form of a necklace.
Mourning and Cremation Lockets
Cremation lockets come with a tight seal. It can permanently store small portions of ashes. Some of them even come with small plastic containers to really seal the ashes. If you want to get a more special cremation locket, you can get designs that feature crystals, precious metal, and semi-precious metal or religious locket necklaces with a cross design. Recall your loved ones’ memories every day by wearing a cremation locket.
Keepsake lockets are usually made of silver and gold. They may feature one or two photos inside. We’ve seen some designs that can even hold up to eight pictures. Keepsake lockets come in various designs too. You may love spinner lockets if you fancy cute and magical designs. Other keepsakes feature transparent glasses that are ideal for storing hair and bits of clothing.
Other Locket Styles
Another awesome locket style variation is the filigree locket. It features a hollow section in the middle of the jewelry which is perfect for storing a small amount of alcohol or perfume. This way, you do not have to carry the whole bottle of your perfume all day. Some lockets are designed to help you diffuse oil scents while meditating. They are also known as aromatherapy lockets. These lockets follow a unique design too.
How to Care for Lockets
You must know how to care for your locket especially if it features lots of details and adornment. Keeping all your jewelry in one place can cause chaos and lead to more damage to your jewelry. You can avoid getting your jewelry damaged, tarnished, tangled, and destroyed by following our caring tips. You should organize your jewelry in order to prolong its usability.
Here are some tips on how to properly care for lockets:
Lockets Wearing Tips
- Do not expose the locket to chemicals. It is best to not wear the locket when doing household chores.
- Do not wear the locket when showering or bathing as it can get covered with a soap film. This will make the locket look dull and dirty.
- Do not wear the locket in a swimming pool. Chlorine can cause damage to the locket. Remember, there are ashes inside it!
- Do not wear it when playing outdoor games to avoid causing injury to others or to oneself.
- When wearing the locket, always put it last. This means after you have applied lotion, sprayed perfume, and applied makeup.
Lockets Cleaning Tips
- Clean the locket regularly with a polishing cloth. Not a tissue, not a towel, but a paper cloth! If you use a tissue or towel, the cremation locket may develop scratches.
- You can use alcohol or warm water for cleaning the jewelry.
- Maintain the integrity of the cap’s seal by not placing the locket directly in water.
- Clean the pendant with damp clothing. You can dampen the cloth with alcohol or warm water.
Lockets Storage Tips
- Keep it secured by putting it in a jewelry box lined with fabric. The fabric will help the locket avoid scratches and dents.
- If you don’t have a jewelry box, you can keep the locket in a small soft cloth bag.
- Avoid tarnishing by adding anti-tarnish strips on your jewelry box. The strip will absorb all the oxidants that cause discolorations to the jewelry.
- Keep the necklace in a cool and dry place
How to Use a Cremation Locket
One of the most asked questions when buying a cremation locket is how you can really put the ashes inside it. It is easy to fill the cremation lockets with ashes. However, if you feel uncomfortable in doing it or feel the necessity of getting help, you can always ask assistance from the nearest crematory or funeral home. There may be a small charge for a professional to do it but it will be quick and probably less painful. If you want to save money and be more hands-on in the process, you can follow these simple steps below on how to do it.
1. Opening the Cremation Locket
Cremation lockets can be opened in two ways. There are lockets that can simply be opened by using two fingers to twist. No need for tools. You can open a screw cap easily. Caps are typically located on top of the charm. Other variations require a small screwdriver to open the charm. The screw is often located at the back or bottom of the locket charm. Some unusual locket variations feature two openings and two compartments.
2. Filling the Cremation Locket
Typically, a small funnel comes with the locket when purchasing the cremation jewelry. Filling the locket is as easy as ABC. Just place the small end of the funnel to the opening of the jewelry. Then, use a spoon to get a small portion of the ashes and place it on the funnel. It is best to use a plastic spoon so you can discard it easily. After that, get a toothpick and poke through the funnel hole back and forth to help the ashes get inside the locket compartment.
3. Sealing the Cremation Locket
Most lockets can be sealed properly by simply fastening the screw lid. However, many people want to ensure that the ashes are permanently and safely sealed inside their cremation lockets. Nobody wants to accidentally spill ashes especially if it is a loved one, right? That’s why we got the solution for you. You can permanently seal the cremation locket by using a strong adhesive. Just apply a few drops of the adhesive onto the screw or lid before fastening. Some jewelers may include the adhesive with the locket jewelry. In case, you do not get a free adhesive, you can always get one in the nearest hardware store or convenience store.
It is not really necessary to add the adhesive but to help you get peace of mind on your loved one’s ashes, you might wanna consider getting one. It would be extremely helpful to add the adhesive on the lid to ensure the ashes do not get exposed to water. Of course, we already recommended not to submerge the locket in water but it is not always avoidable. The locket can be exposed to water in rainy seasons
Here is a Simple Step Guide
- Test the cap or screw of the locket to ensure that its threads are clean. You can do this by simply screwing and unscrewing the lid a few times.
- Lay the locket on a flat table and place the funnel on its opening.
- Depending on the size of your locket necklace, gather a small portion of the ashes using a spoon and place it into the funnel. Use your best judgment and the most precise estimation in filling the locket. It is best to leave 10 to 15% unfilled on the locket.
- Use a toothpick or string and poke into the funnel hole to help the ashes get into the locket.
- If too many ashes are left, carefully get the funnel and place the excess back to the bigger compartment.
- Remove any stray ashes on the neck of the locket charm and place it back to the compartment too.
- You can add a few drops of adhesive on the lid or screw to ensure the locket is locked forever.
- Screw the lid as tight as possible.
- Let the adhesive set and dry.
What are you going to keep in your Locket?
Lockets are the best accessory to wear when you want to reminisce about a person, memory, or event. Get yours now and keep bits of important people and things with you wherever you go! They can both serve as an adornment on your outfit and a great reminder of a special person. Keep your mementos in a safe place!
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