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Thursday, 19 December 2013

In memoriam

It might sound morbid, but I have kept the ashes of every pet I have lost. I couldn't bear to part with them, but it's a bit impractical to have urns dotted all over the house. A friend mentioned that you can get jewellery, such as lockets, that contain the ashes securely, so you can always have them close but in a beautiful piece of jewellery. I've heard that ashes can be turned into diamonds, too, but imagine this is very costly. 
Have you come across any such jewellery?

Vicky Wiley, by email

Alison Logan, vet, advises…

It is not morbid. We are all different. I have clients who simply want their pets cremated anonymously because the memories live on, others who request individual cremation with return of ashes for scattering, burial or, like yourself, to keep in the house. We are all different.

There are certainly items of jewellery available. When our dear Pippin was put to sleep last January, we had her ashes back and have buried them with a Cox’s orange pippin tree beside them, and bulbs all round. The pet crematorium did offer a silver locket with a token amount of her ash inside which my daughter has and it did help her to come to terms with losing Pippin. Your veterinary practice should be able to advise on what the crematorium it uses can offer. There are so many other possibilities now as containers for the ashes such as candle holders and pieces of sculpture.


  1. Sorry to hear about your loss. I have heard of people having ashes turned into diamonds. I was going to have some of my own dog's hair incorporated into a glass heart a few years ago, but decided to keep the hair instead.

    I can't remember the name of the company that do it but the heart was going to be about £50. I'm sure if you do an engine search you'll find someone who makes your keepsakes into jewellery.

    Olwen Turns - Behaviourist Cloverleaf Canine Centre.

  2. D for Dog sell ashes jewellery and they are stunning and a really lovely way to keep your pet's ashes close to you. Here is our selection There are keyrings, necklaces and bracelets. But I am not sure this would solve your actual problem. The ashes jewellery pieces only hold a very very small keepsake portion of the pet's ashes. You would still have all the rest of the pet’s ashes.

    Alison mentioned other options such as candlesticks. D for Dog also sell those. Take a look here Again though, such items are usually made to only hold a small keepsake portion of ashes.

    Alison also mentioned sculptures, which will hold more ashes than a keepsake item. For example you might like the Dudley Bronze Dog Sculpture Urn on this page That urns holds the ashes of up to a 34kg pet. You'll see some other nice ideas for urn alternatives on there too.