Customer Reviews of Memorial Jewellery

Customer Reviews of Memorial Jewellery

Memorial Jewellery: Customer Reviews

I asked a selection of customers to share their memorial jewellery experience.
  • What did you hope memorial jewellery would bring you?
  • Has your jewellery fulfilled this for you?
  • Would they recommend memorial jewellery to others?
Here’s what they said…
Made in memory of Pamela’s Mum…

“I wanted something personal of my mum I could wear and it holds a very precious print. It brings me comfort knowing I have a little piece of mum with me always”

“I always, very tactfully, recommend this when I hear someone has passed away. Jen has a lovely kind nature and she was so nice that I always recommend her”

“The full process was very easy. It was dealt with very professionally but Jen showed compassion and understanding”

Pamela

Made in memory of Louise’s Nanny (also my mum)…

How does your jewellery make you feel?

“Safe, grounded, weirdly happy.”

Would you recommend memorial jewellery? What advice would you offer someone in the same situation that you were?

“Do it, you never know when you need some reassurance, or during a panic attack if you feel you need them, they can be there in a way.”

“I wear mine every day without fail, and I can’t imagine not wearing it now. It keeps me sane a lot of days and it helps more than I thought a little locket ever could ❤️”

Louise

Made in memory of Hollie…

What did you hope memorial jewellery would bring you?

“Just what it says .. memories. I feel very happy to remember my pet each time I see it

What advice would you offer someone in the same situation that you were?

“I definitely recommend. My advice… ask Jen !!!”

Pauline

Made in memory of my Mum, for my sister…

How does your jewellery make you feel?

“Happy and closer to Mum”

Would you recommend memorial jewellery? What advice would you offer someone in the same situation that you were?

“To definitely have jewellery made. The comfort it brings is amazing.”

Gill

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Made in memory of Miquela’s Dad…

“There are no words to describe how my jewellery makes me feel, all I know is when I feel down or lost I hold onto it knowing that it’s a part of my Dad. I’d say it gives me a lot of comfort on the days I struggle without him to be able to see his own handwriting with the words ‘lots of love dad’ knowing how much he did love me makes me smile xx”

“I’d definitely recommend memorial jewellery. I’d say go for it you will be surprised how much comfort one small bit jewellery can help with the grieving process of losing a loved one. And to know you can carry them with you where ever you go in life while you’re making new impressive memories they will be with you always x”

“I’d like to thank Jen for her amazing work. Without her I wouldn’t have a part of my dad with me each day I’ll be forever grateful for what you have managed to do for me thank you soooo much xx”

Miquela

Made in memory of Michelle’s sister…

“I wanted to bring a lost loved one near, From start to completion, everything went fine Jen is absolutely lovely which helps”

What advice would you offer someone in the same situation that you were?

“Just go and get it done”

Michelle

Which memorial jewellery is most popular?

This graph shows that fingerprint jewellery is still by far the most popular choice, followed by making jewellery to remember our pets…

Which would you choose?

Made in memory of Lara…
“I wasn’t aware that memorial jewellery for pets was a possibility until I found impressive memories.”

“I had hoped that my memorial jewellery would bring me comfort and a lasting memory of my girl. Having my memorial jewellery has brought me the comfort that I had hoped for. I now have a tangible lasting memory of my girl that I can keep forever.

“Yes, I would recommend getting memorial jewellery. I only wish that I had found out about this service before my other girl passed away. This is by far one of the best things that you could ever do to preserve your pet’s memory. I love being able to hold and touch my girl’s nose. I am now left with a beautiful lasting memory.”

Belinda

Made in memory of James…

“I feel as if part of him is still with me. I would highly recommend memorial jewellery and always ask the funeral director if they have a leaflet for the service. Jen gave our funeral director leaflets just a few days before we asked.”

“I think Jen showed so much compassion and passion for her work. I felt I was with a friend, not just someone who makes jewellery. We shared tears and laughter the day I collected our pendants. As difficult as it was at the time I’m truly grateful to Jen, I spend so much time feeling my son’s actual fingerprint that I’m surprised it hasn’t worn off. It’s still as good as new though. Thanks Jen x”

Sharon

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Made in memory of Danielle’s brother’s baby, born sleeping…
“A precious keepsake – I would recommend memorial jewellery as it is a way of remembering someone and being able to carry them with you, something to always look upon”
Danielle
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Made in memory of Zeus…

How does your jewellery make you feel?

“DO IT, but do it when the time is not of the essence so you have time to think about what you would like and time to make them happen too.”

“The two purchases so far have made the grieving process easier for sure. I’m fairly certain he has no clue, as I do believe once we die we are dead, but it gives me such comfort to know parts of him are still near and not only is he in my thoughts but I can ‘prove’ my enduring love by the items I own/wear. Never forgotten. Always in my head & heart.”

Karin

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Made in memory of Jak…

How does your jewellery make you feel?

“Close to my son and daughter”

Would you recommend memorial jewellery? What advice would you offer someone in the same situation that you were?

“Yes and definitely go for it”

“Jen, you are very special to us I love my Fingerprint necklaces and charms thanku xxx”

Allison

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Made in memory of Vicky’s Mum…

“It makes me feel bittersweet, it’s so personal and I feel like she’s always with me, yet I’ll never see her again. This necklace is so very precious to me and always will be”

“I absolutely would recommend memorial jewellery, it’s a unique piece of jewellery and so personal to the wearer, it’s a constant part of a lost loved one that can be taken everywhere easily and discreetly if so wanted. Many people have commented on mine and I feel privileged to have something so special”

“At such a difficult time it’s easy to get lost in all the grief and emotion, you can hear what people around you are saying but it gives you no comfort. In a heartbeat, your world has been turned upside down. I always knew I wanted something to make me feel close to my mum when she died. Jen’s work was highly recommended to me by the funeral director – and for good cause. The craftsmanship is excellent. But for me, it’s more than that. Jen took the time to find out what I wanted, was patient and caring when she took my mums fingerprints. She listened and advised, not just on the jewellery, but also what I was going through, having recently been through the same experience of losing her mum suddenly. I truly am grateful for my necklace but also to have found someone so caring like Jen has been an added bonus”

Vicky

Interested to know more?

I’m sure you still have questions about having jewellery made…you’ll find lots of answers here in this FREE EBook. If you’d like to ask me directly…

Contact me HERE

8 Creative and Meaningful Ways to Remember Your Loved Ones

8 Creative and Meaningful Ways to Remember Your Loved Ones

8 Creative and Meaningful Ways to Remember Your Loved Ones

A memory is never more precious than when we face losing a loved one.

Bereavement, whether it’s been an expected or untimely departure, is a difficult process. One of our biggest fears might be that we forget them. What if I forget what they looked like? The sound of their voice? The smell of their clothes? Their laugh?

We have to accept that they’ve gone, but that doesn’t mean they will ever be forgotten.

Creating personalised memorabilia can help bring comfort and remember the legacy of the person they commemorate.

How Can I help?

  • Would you like to know how I can help you capture and hold on to final memories?
  • Do you want to know what can be captured?
  • Have you lost someone in the past and thought it was now too late?

If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of those questions – keep reading.

8 Creative Memorial Ideas

  1. Lifecasting
  2. Miniaturised Casts
  3. Fingerprint Jewellery
  4. Hand & Footprint Jewellery
  5. Locks of Hair Memorabilia
  6. Cremation Ash Memorabilia
  7. Signature & Handwriting Jewellery
  8. Tattoos
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Lifecasting

You probably knew I did lifecasting, but you maybe didn’t know I regularly help families who have suffered a loss.

3D lifecasting is the art of moulding an exact replica of ourselves – usually our hands.  I capture and create a stunning piece of unique artwork, and let you cherish and hold onto a loved one’s hand after they have left us.

The name may suggest that life is needed but this art can still be done under certain circumstances after people pass away. Timing is vital for this to happen – early arrangements must be made to enable this option to be viable.

If circumstances allow you may be able to hold hands with your loved one or have them cast individually.

  • Can this be done prior to a person passing away? Yes.
  • How much will it cost? Approx £200+
  • Are there time limitations for this to be feasible? Yes, please speak to me before the person passes away, or within hours of them passing.
  • Are there location limitations – Yes. This requires me to meet with the deceased in person.  
  • Can this be offered for pets? Yes.
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Miniaturised Casts

Once you’ve had a 3D cast created you then have the option to miniaturise this into a sterling silver piece of unique jewellery. Handmade by me. (Can also be done for pets that pass away)

  • Can this be done prior to a person passing away? Yes.
  • How much will it cost? From £300+
  • Are there time limitations for this to be feasible? No, not if the casts are already taken. Yes, if the casts still need to be taken.
  • Are there location limitations? If you need me to take the casts, yes. If you have casts made already by another lifecaster, No.
  • Can this be offered for pets? Yes.
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Fingerprint Jewellery

When we lose a loved one, we long to keep a hold of them forever.  By creating a fingerprint charm you can keep a cherished imprint from them and wear them with you forever.

I wrote a blog recently on my own experience with capturing fingerprints after we lose a loved one, you can read it here.

Fingerprint jewellery is a subtle and unique way to remember a person that we’ve lost. It can be done after a person dies, it is a non-invasive, gentle and quick process. The prints can be used now and repeatedly in the future with my methods of capturing them.

There is more information here if you’d like to create fingerprint jewellery. (Can also be done for pets that pass away – a paw pad or nose impression can be done)

  • Can this be done prior to a person passing away? Yes.
  • How much will it cost? From £45+
  • Are there time limitations for this to be feasible? Possibly. Each case is unique but most people (and pets) are able to have impressions taken prior to the funeral.
  • Are there location limitations? No. A kit can be posted with all you need to capture the fingerprint impression.
  • Can this be offered for pets? An impression of the nose can be taken.
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Hand & Footprint Jewellery (Paws too)

This style of jewellery lets you take a print from the hand or foot and shrink it down in size and imprint it onto jewellery. It can be done using a simple ink pad and paper but this is messy and leaves the hands and feet stained. There are much better options available that give a high definition print of the person you’re remembering which are clean and easy to do.

Having these images lets you create a range of jewellery ideas, imprinting into the silver or engraving metals.(Can also be done for pets that pass away)

  • Can this be done prior to a person passing away? Yes.
  • How much will it cost? From £55+
  • Are there time limitations for this to be feasible? Possibly. Each case is unique but most people (and pets) are able to have prints taken prior to the funeral.
  • Are there location limitations? No. A kit can be posted with all you need to capture the hand/foot/paw print.
  • Can this be offered for pets? Yes.
Capture a lock of precious hair, first curl or memorial piece and hold onto it for a lifetime of memories.
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Locks of Hair Memorabilia

Hair collecting is not a new idea, it began with the Victorians. Hair was a symbol of femininity and seen as a precious memento. It was popular before photography was widely available and more intimate than a memento of handwriting, a lock of hair was the ultimate connection with its owner.

Keeping a lock of hair in a locket or charm is a subtle way to hold onto a memory. I will be updating my website very soon with many new ideas – watch this space!

  • Can this be done prior to a person passing away? Yes.
  • How much will it cost? From £45+
  • Are there time limitations for this to be feasible? No, so long as you have a lock of hair.
  • Are there location limitations? No.
  • Can this be offered for pets? Yes.
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Cremation Ash Memorabilia

Incorporating cremation ashes into charms is becoming a popular jewellery option. It can create a beautiful lasting tribute after we’ve lost a loved one. The ashes can be encapsulated within glass or resin to create a unique piece of jewellery.

As with hair I offer a varied range of items and will also be adding these to my website shop too.

  • Can this be done prior to a person passing away? No.
  • How much will it cost? From £45+
  • Are there time limitations for this to be feasible? No, so long as you have the ashes.
  • Are there location limitations? No.
  • Can this be offered for pets? Yes.

Did you know YOU could become a Diamond?

Hair and cremation ash can also be used to create a manmade diamond…this isn’t something I can do, but it is possible…this video shows you how. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6aQPIK4sE58

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Signature and Handwriting Jewellery (Drawings too)

Sometimes circumstances just don’t allow for any of the previous options to be created. Did you know I can take a persons signature or handwriting and create you a charm with their writing?

It’s like wearing a message from the person, for a lifetime. A handwritten letter, birthday card or note. This can also be done with drawings or doodles. The original won’t be damaged in any way. Such a lovely way to add a personal touch to a charm.

  • Can this be done prior to a person passing away? Yes.
  • How much will it cost? From £55+
  • Are there time limitations for this to be feasible? No.
  • Are there location limitations? No.
  • Can this be offered for pets? If your dog can sign his name…Yes!
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Tattoos

No, before you ask, I am not a tattooist! But I can help you create the image you need to take to a tattooist if this is something you’d like to do. The process is the same as I use for creating the hand/foot/paw prints for jewellery, and I’m happy to help you capture these. (Please note these images are not mine. To find the image source/artist/photographer please click the image)

  • Can this be done prior to a person passing away? Yes.
  • How much will it cost? The kit costs £10
  • Are there time limitations for this to be feasible? Possibly. Each case is unique but most people (and pets) are able to have prints taken prior to the funeral.
  • Are there location limitations? No.
  • Can this be offered for pets? Yes.

Conclusion

Memories don’t have to fade and they don’t need to live in dusty boxes of old photographs stuffed in a cupboard. Losing a loved one certainly doesn’t mean we forget about them…on the contrary.

These 8 ideas are to inspire you to hold on to what is so Impressive about those that mean the most to us. To remember them, keep them near to us in our thoughts and touch & hold on to our memories today, and every day.

If you’d like to get in touch I’m happy to chat through any questions or queries you might have. My contact details are at the bottom of my website.

Related Links:

  • Losing My Mum  –  HERE
  • Making Memorial Fingerprint Jewellery – HERE
  • Thinking About Having Jewellery Made?  HERE

Losing My Mum

Losing My Mum

Losing My Mum

At the end of July, my life changed, and not for the better…I lost my mum very suddenly.

No warnings. No health scares. No hospitals. Just gone – leaving behind a lifetime of memories.

Today is day 171. Some days it still feels like yesterday, I’ll tell someone “I just lost my mum”, the next minute it feels like an eternity since I could lift the phone and ask her a simple question. Grief is hard. It’s suddenly becoming part of a club you never asked to join. Similar to giving birth – nobody ever tells you the real truth about that either, and grief is very similar. At least when you give birth they offer drugs, and when the pain goes you have a beautiful baby. There’s nothing very beautiful about grief.

Memories

My passion (obsession) is capturing memories. Recognising the tiniest of moments and holding on to an emotion and memory…it’s my tagline after all – I make memories tangible! I see people celebrate the happiest moments and I also capture some of their saddest. Now it was my turn. I’ve no idea why I hadn’t even contemplated the thought of losing a parent, but I hadn’t. Having spent many years helping families capture their final memories, now it was time to switch roles…the teacher just became the student.

Every snowflake that has ever fallen and ever will is unique, one of a kind and our fingerprints are too. They form while we’re in the womb and are one of the few parts of ourselves that never change throughout our lives. Some people believe your fingerprints can even reveal your personality. Impressive right?

 

But these weren’t just fingerprints. These hands had held me since I was born, picked me up when I fell, gripped me tightly to cross over roads. They’d waved me off to school, and hugged me when I got home. They’d taught me to bake, sew, knit, decorate, draw, cook and write. I’m sure they were clenched as I drove off in my first car, and I recollect them skelping me for being cheeky once in a while too. They’d clapped for me as I graduated, and they always pushed me forward in whatever I chose to do. Without those hands, I couldn’t and wouldn’t be the mum I am today. Those same hands that taught me, were there for my daughter too, every step of the way. All too suddenly our snowflake was gone.

I didn’t want it to feel like work…

I worried that I would treat this like work, and I didn’t want this to feel like I was ‘working’…this was my mum. These were MY memories. I knew exactly what I needed to do. I’d done it many times before for others, but now it was time to do this for me.

What Would I Make?

I knew I wanted to make myself fingerprint jewellery. I’ve made fingerprint memorial jewellery for many people over the years and they always told me it brought them comfort…I sure as hell needed some of that! I have lots of favourite pieces I make, but I wanted this to be different.

I am very lucky to still have my Nana. My mums mum, now 96 (very nearly 97) and an absolute inspiration and gem of a human being. It does feel totally wrong that nature didn’t follow the expected path, but we can’t change that…nor would I want it to. Losing your mum is horrendous, but for a mum to lose her child is just incomprehensible – no matter what age you are, you never expect to outlive your children.  

I decided I wanted to make myself a necklace with Nana, Mum, myself and my daughter Erin. Four generations of amazing ladies, four fingerprints that bond us together. Each of us unique quietly determined and forever connected.

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My Necklace

We each have our own teardrop with our own prints. Nana is largest and we all follow after her.

I made it within days of mum passing and I haven’t taken it off since (I’m not sure I ever will). The comfort it brings is hard to describe, but it has without a doubt helped me.

When I panic and think ‘fuck my mum’s died’  (which happens a lot by the way…in the strangest of places and at the most awkward of moments. Another joy of grief that I never knew about…) my necklace actually helps calms me down again. It reminds me that there’s always a little part of her with me, she is still here beside me, and I know she would want me to keep going.

What does all this have to do with my business – Impressive Memories?

Ironically days after mums death I was due to start a 90-day marketing challenge, along with my fellow CMA buddies. We each set out our own plans and hold each other accountable over the 90 days to achieve what we set out to do. My focus was predominantly my memorial work. For once I actually had a proper, actionable plan! An actual written down, step by step plan!!  I knew the articles I’d write, blogs that I’d publish, I’d planned to rebuild chunks of my website and create ebooks for my customers. I was really looking forward to getting stuck in.

It didn’t happen…none of it.

I just couldn’t do it, and in some ways, I’m glad I didn’t even try. It would have been a complete disaster.

I have a much clearer understanding now than I ever did about what happens when we lose a loved one.  I genuinely had no idea the amount of work involved. It is physically and mentally exhausting and you’re expected to make so many important decisions.

It is easy to see why capturing a memory like a fingerprint might be forgotten or missed. My mission now is to help as many people as possible. So many times I’ve been told that families wished they had known this was possible, but nobody told them…so, 171 days later I am ready again to start the next 90-day challenge.

What I’d like to do –

  • Help raise awareness of the variety of memorial work that can be done
  • Offer the best advice to help families make the choices that are right for them now and in the future
  • Make to process as straightforward for grieving families as possible

I know grief makes your head fuzzy and just functioning feels virtually impossible…but if you can, please consider capturing all that you can. You might never need or want to use these for anything more than a memory box but it’s better to give yourself every opportunity that you can.

Don’t ever be left wishing you had. I am so glad I did.

What’s Next?

Over the coming weeks, I will be sharing ideas and suggestions of how to capture memories before and after we lose loved ones. Don’t worry…it won’t be all sad and gloomy…far from it. This is about celebrating and recognising awesome and impressive people!

As well as giving me a lifetime of memories to hold onto, my mum also gave me the strength and tenacity to always keep going…which is exactly what I’ve been doing, as best I can, since the day she left us.

Already I’ve been inspired to design a new range of memorial jewellery which I hope to launch in springtime – they’re all being road tested just now, and I look forward to sharing them in the coming weeks. If you like the teardrop necklace I designed for myself it will be available soon too in different shapes and sizes…more about that later…that’s another exciting development that’s happening in 2018!

I’d like to thank each and every person who has been patient, understanding and incredibly kind to me over the last few weeks and months.

Finally, I want to thank my mum for being the most Impressive Mum I could ever have asked for.

Love Jen x