Memorial Jewellery

"I find great pleasure in supporting others in their journey, which helps me continue to process my own experiences of loss. I am always grateful for people who open their hearts and allow me to connect with them on a profound level."  
Kathy Smith

Working from my workshop located behind my home in Bayles, Victoria I am continually humbled by the opportunity to create Memorial Jewellery.  It began a few years after I lost my adult son in 2017, my mum in 2018 and my mother in law in 2018.  It was a difficult time - but one that has brought me to a place that has helped me heal by helping others. 

If you would prefer to talk to Kathy in person, appointments are available to meet in her Client Room in her home at Bayles.  Alternatively you can arrange a ZOOM video call, phone call (0414687407) or simply chat through the Facebook page.  In person appointments are generally made for Mondays & Tuesdays but if this doesn't suit please discuss it with Kathy.

To view some sample jewellery 
Cremation Ashes
Your funeral home can arrange to separate just a little of the ashes before handing them over to you - please let them know if this is what you'd like.  I can provide small containers to you or to the funeral home if planned in advance.

Amount of Ashes
We only require 1/4 of a teaspoon at most for 1-2 pieces of jewellery.  You can drop it off at Bayles, send in via Tracked Postage or order a sending kit so you can receive a container to send them back in.  Please make sure you put your name and order number on anything that is dropped off or delivered to her.

Doing it Yourself
You may find it an emotional experience to seperate some ashes if you are doing it yourself.  If this is what you choose to do, maybe consider lighting a candle or put on some favourite music.  Put a clean sheet on the table or wherever you choose to do it, in case any is spilt as it will make it easier to collect to return to the container. 
Never underestimate the effect this process may have on you.  Ask someone to be there with you for emotional support.  Please talk to Kathy if you need with this or have any questions.  

Other Inclusions
You may not have Ashes for your jewellery piece but other sentimental items.  Other items you can have included but are not limited to, are Flower Petals, Sand, Hair, Burial dirt, Fabric (small amount from something meaningful item) ....
lock of hair
If possible, please try to collect it similar to the image above.  This is not always possible and we appreciate you making an effort.  Include the hair in a separate bag or container and label it with a permanent marker with your name & order number.
Getting the inclusions to us
You can drop it off at Bayles (with a time arranged), or alternatively, you can use the post to send this to us.  Please ensure you use TRACKED MAIL. 
Secure the ashes & and other inclusions in a container or ziplock bag.  Please ensure you write your name & order number on all containers and bags.  Double bag to be safe.

Make sure you don't send or drop off all you have - I can work with as little as a few grains of ashes if needed.  It is super important to keep some of your inclusions with you in case something happens to what you send.

Mail to:
PO Box 2
You can customise your piece however you like.  In the ordering process on our website, you will be given many options that you can include.  We can't provide sample photos of each & every item offered in completed jewellery before ordering (we are working on a gallery of examples) but have a large range of ideas throughout the website.  We will make a sample or two for you to approve which we will send to by photo.

 You can also put in the COMMENTS section how you'd like it to look.  

Feel free to discuss and ask as many questions as you like to Kathy.