Dichroic Glass Cremation Jewelry

Published: 23rd February 2010
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Cremation necklaces made from dichroic glass are a most unusual kind of memorial jewelry. Unlike an urn pendant, in which cremated remains are sealed in a hollow chamber, dichroic glass cremation jewelry is made by fusing a loved one's ashes into the glass work, so the ashes actually become a part of the jewelry itself.

What is Dichroic Glass?

Although NASA is sometimes credited with inventing dichroic glass, the origins of "dichro," as it is referred to by some artisans, have actually been traced to ancient times. The word "dichroic" comes from a Greek word meaning "two colors"; dichroic glass is so named because its appearance changes according to the direction of light reflected off the glass and the angle from which it is viewed.

All dichroic glass is created by means of a technical process in which multiple, extremely thin layers of gold, silver, metal oxides (such as titanium, chromium, aluminum, zirconium, and magnesium), and silica are vaporized, resulting in the formation of crystals on the surface of the glass. The result is a brilliant array of color with a unique appearance unlike anything else.

The dichroic glass that goes into dichroic glass cremation jewelry is just like any other dichroic glass - with one important exception. The distinguishing feature of cremation keepsakes made from dichroic glass is the cremated remains that are also fused into the glass.

How Dichroic Glass Cremation Jewelry Is Made

Each dichroic glass keepsake pendant is made up of three layers of glass. The bottom layer is black glass with an iridescent back, the middle layer consists of multiple pieces of dichroic glass in different colors, and the top layer is a clear glass covering. The cremated remains are fused between the bottom layer and the dichroic glass layer. Depending on the specific process used to create the dichroic glass cremation jewelry, the cremations may or may not be visible inside the memorial jewelry.

You can choose two or more different colors for your dichroic glass cremation jewelry, but keep in mind that because each ash pendant is a one-of-a-kind creation, individual colors and patterns will vary. Dichroic glass memorial pendants come with their own neck cords, but you can easily remove the cord and attach your own chain or necklace if you prefer.

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