Why Psyche Cremation Jewelry?

The Greek word for the soul is Psyche (pronounced “Sigh-key”). In ancient Greece, the soul was personified as a butterfly and the word Psyche can be literally interpreted as “spirit, breath, life or animating force”. The Psyche is the element within a living being that gives them life and personality and continues “to breathe” even after leaving the body.

I chose this name and butterfly image because when you and I work together to create a piece of cremation jewelry, we’re really giving the memory of your loved one’s Psyche a physical manifestation in the world. We’re creating a beautiful piece of art with their physical cremains that enhances their continuing felt presence in your life.

 

The Psyche is the element within a living being that gives them life and personality and continues “to breathe” even after leaving the body.

 

Here’s what mythologist Thomas Bulfinch says about Psyche:

“The Greek name for a butterfly is Psyche, and the same word means the soul. There is no illustration of the immortality of the soul so striking and beautiful as the butterfly, bursting on brilliant wings from the tomb in which it has lain, after a dull, grovelling, caterpillar existence, to flutter in the blaze of day and feed on the most fragrant and delicate productions of the spring. Psyche, then, is the human soul, which is purified by sufferings and misfortunes, and is thus prepared for the enjoyment of true and pure happiness.”

Bulfinch’s Greek and Roman Mythology: The Age of Fable p. 71

 

The Soul Crossing the Styx, Edward Calvert (1844-1883)

If like me you’re drawn to explore this mythology and symbolism further, I’ve compiled a short list of resources you might find interesting:

The story of Psyche and Eros

The Myth of Psyche

Cupid and Psyche

 

Testimonials

Dear Mark, after my brother and one of his sons were killed, 3 weeks later my father died also. When I was “surfing” to find some jewelry pieces for their ashes, I just couldn’t find anything that seemed to “fit.” I come from a family of handcrafters and artists so when I somehow came across your web site, I knew I found the place.

As I read what you wrote on your website about the process in creating the pieces, then most importantly you asked to have a photo sent, along with a story about our loved ones so you could think of them while you created the piece, I could barely get through reading it without choking up and crying. I knew you were the one.

Your pieces are so amazing! They are MUCH more than I anticipated. Not only are they gorgeous, but the clarity and FEEL is so right. It was as if you knew we would be touching and holding these pieces forever. Thank you again for making these pieces and thank you most of all for bringing some compassion to something that is very personal to us! I will continue to show off the pieces to everyone I can!!!
 

~ Leesa Kaiser

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