Beautiful Memorial Jewelry, No Ashes Required

Here at Close By Me, we understand the profound significance that our jewelry holds – a significance that cannot be overstated, not only because the jewelry holds precious and irreplaceable cremated remains, but also because of what it represents and serves as a tangible reminder of: a cherished loved one and the enduring connection that was forged. We have received more and more inquiries from people who want a piece of jewelry that carries the same meaning as a piece of cremation jewelry but without the use of cremated remains. In response, we started on a journey to find other ways of memorializing loved ones through our pieces beyond the traditional use of cremated remains. A realm of possibilities has unfolded, allowing us to utilize materials as diverse as the memories our pieces represent.

With its timeless connection to nature’s landscapes and memories of cherished moments by the shore, sand has long been a popular material to incorporate into jewelry. If taken from a favorite beach, significant vacation spot, or meaningful destination, sand can serve as a highly sentimental focal point for a tribute to a loved one.

Dried Flowers
Few things encapsulate the transience and profound beauty of life like flowers do, making them an ideal option for memorial jewelry. Abundant in symbolism and sentimentality, dried flower petals can produce highly unique settings infused with natural color and texture. The delicate beauty of the finished piece evokes a sense of connection to the past, serving as a gentle reminder to the wearer that the love they have shared and the memories that they cherish continue to bloom in their heart. 

Crushed gemstones can be used in place of cremated remains in our memorial jewelry, offering a captivating alternative that is as rich in meaning as it is visually stunning. Gemstones hold symbolic significance, each one carrying its own story, properties, and associations, and you can customize your jewelry to include the stone or stones that are most meaningful to you and the loved one being honored. Whether you decide to showcase the one associated with their birth month or the one closest to the color of their eyes, the enduring beauty of gemstones can serve as a testament to the vibrancy of their spirit and the everlasting bond that you share.

The ultimate symbol of the nurturing bond between mother and child, breastmilk has emerged as a highly requested substitute for cremated remains in memorial jewelry. This deeply personal and intimate substance holds immense sentimental value for those who have embarked on the journey of breastfeeding. Following preservation, breastmilk can be transformed into a beautiful, milky-white setting on any of our pieces, immortalizing a profound chapter of motherhood and fostering a sense of closeness that transcends the boundaries of time and space. 

From the soft embrace of a favorite blanket to the familiarity of a beloved garment, fabric carries within it the essence of its owner, making it a touching alternative to cremated remains in memorial jewelry. The preserved texture and color of a cherished material that belongs to a departed loved one offers an intimate and emotionally resonant subject for a wearable keepsake. In wearing fabric memorial jewelry, you can hopefully find solace in the tangible presence of their memory woven into every thread.

If there is another material you think we should add to this list, we would love to hear your suggestions; you can reach out to us at We also have a dedicated page for jewelry without ashes you can visit for information on ordering one of our designs to be set with something other than ashes. In memorial jewelry, we find not just reminders of those dear to us who we've lost, but beacons of light guiding us through the shadows of grief, illuminating the path ahead with love, hope, and everlasting connection. Thank you for joining us on this journey through the world of memorial jewelry; we hope that our exploration has sparked inspiration and brought comfort to your heart.