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Depending on the style of cremation jewelry, there are various ways to open and fill the jewelry.
Top Opening Bales
One of the most common ways that cremation jewelry opens is by simply unscrewing the top threaded bale. The bale portion of the jewelry is the part that the necklace/chain goes through. This design is a discreet way to open cremation jewelry. Once the cremains (or other contents such as dried flowers, lock of hair, or earth from a special place) have been placed inside of the pendant, we strongly encourage the use of an adhesive to permanently seal the pendant.
Threaded Screw Openings
Another common method of opening and sealing cremation jewelry is by a small threaded screw. These threaded screws are normally located on the bottom or back of the pendant. Placing a threaded screw on the back or bottom of the pendant is often chosen to not compromise the design of the cremation jewelry. Many pieces of cremation jewelry that have threaded screws do not have bales – this is the most common reason for having a threaded screw opening. Due to the small nature of threaded screws it is recommended to gently open and close the piece. By gently handling threaded screws, you can avoid the possibility of damaging the threads on the cremation jewelry.
Filling of Cremation Jewelry
Filling cremation jewelry is typically done with the assistance of a small funnel. Most jewelry includes a small plastic funnel which can be used to help transfer the cremains, dried flowers, lock of hair, or earth from a special place. In addition to a funnel, a small object such a paper-clip or toothpick can be used to help assist the cremains from the funnel into the jewelry.
Sealing Cremation Jewelry
For sealing the cremation jewelry the use of non-water soluble glue is encouraged. Since moisture can accumulate in or around the threads, this can slowly cause the pendant to become un-glued. Sealing the pendant is done simply by applying a very small portion of adhesive such as super glue or epoxy to the cremation jewelry. The adhesive should first be placed on the threads of the cremation jewelry instead of the actual bale or threaded screw. Since the bale or screw is typically a small piece, it can be difficult to handle with adhesive. For this reason we also recommend placing the adhesive inside of the threads first.
Families will commonly seek assistance from a local jeweler or funeral director if they prefer to have someone do it for them. We encourage families to call local establishments to make sure they are capable of sealing the pendants.
Caring For Cremation Jewelry
Download our Care Instruction for Cremation Jewelry to learn how to properly care for your new or old cremation jewelry.