Commemorative Jewellery

Commemorative Jewellery

Celebrate the life of family or pets with jewellery

I prefer to think of these commissions as celebratory or commemorative jewellery pieces. Some of my customers refer to them as rememberance jewellery. In the case of pets, these have been made using teeth or hair or just a sculpted likeness – which sound a bit macabre but is actually a very special way of keeping the memories close and around you daily.

We form very close bonds with our pets so it’s natural for us to want to remember them in our own way. Some like the idea of keeping a locket of hair or perhaps a silver or gold piece commissioned to honour their animal family member.

Having had a hairy family member, in the form of Izzi the black labrador, for over 5 years I can understand how attached we become to these loving souls, even if they do shed their own bodyweight on the carpet once a week!

Some commemorative jewellery I’ve made so far includes:

  • Symbols of representing family members
  • Horse tooth pendant
  • Horse hair bangle
  • Rings with canine lockets of hair
  • Cat’s tooth pendant

All of these were wonderfully special pieces of jewellery and they mean even more to the owners as they are added to by the memories they inspire.

I’ve had some pretty Commemorative Jewellery requests in the past and all of them have been made out of a desire to remember an animal that shared a big part of the clients life. These commissions, however unusual, are treated with respect and care – in fact, I think my husband and I are possibly more careful of the pieces entrusted to us than my customers might be themselves!

The results of these commissions have been well received and have been interesting to make as there is invariably a few special considerations to take into account during the making – like no heat allowed or the soft nature of a cat’s tooth.

If you have the desire to have a commemorative piece made to honour your pet, I’d be happy to help.

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About the Author:

Jo Dix is a jewellery designer/maker who runs a shop and studio in Cumbria, UK. Jo runs workshops and jewellery making courses from her studio as well as The Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal, Cumbria. Commissions in silver and gold are regularly done, even long-distance bespoke work is taken on.