Over the years, many people have asked me how strong and durable this glass cremation jewelry is. I recently received an email from a customer in Hawaii who gave me permission to tell her story.

On Father’s Day, June 16, 2019 a small fire ignited a tank of medical oxygen and sparked a raging fire that only took 4 minutes to engulf her house in flames.

When the fire was finally extinguished, the house had burned to the ground and was a total loss.

 

Burned house

 

As she dug through the remains, there was nothing left except for the glass pendant she had commissioned me to make with her mother’s ashes a couple years ago. She said all the other glass in the house had melted into puddles but her pendant was still intact and undamaged.

 

cremation pendant after house fire

 

If the ashes of her mom had been in any other type of urn, chances are very good that she would have lost them forever, but with the glass memorial she said she had the comfort of her mom there with her in the aftermath of the loss of everything she owned.

It warmed my heart to hear this story and I wanted to share it here to show how the borosilicate glass I use for these memorials is one of the best possible choices for preserving the ashes of your loved one or pet. With a melting temperature of around 2,000F, it clearly takes more than a house fire to destroy one of these pendants.

Testimonials

Dear Mark, I cannot thank you enough for the sweet gift, talent, & love that you put into your work. What a wonderful way to honor the ones we have lost.

I am so glad that I found your site, as I was really struggling with something meaningful & special to do with the little tin can that sits on my nightstand. Scatter the ashes? Keep them tucked away forever inside the tin can forever?

I saw your work and knew immediately that, although it was difficult to take a few scoops out of the can to send off to you, this was a perfect way to add a little more beauty & movement to the sad, stillness of the tin can. And it is something that I will wear & hold close to me always. It was the first of many steps to moving through the grief of losing my boy. I miss him always…Thank you so much, this life is beautiful.

Molly Doerner

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