How to Memorialize your Pet with Jewelry

Your pet is a special member of the family, and their death is the same as losing a child. You know you must move one, but you long to hold onto something to remember them and the beautiful love you shared. Fortunately, now you can memorialize your loving pet with keepsake pet jewelry.

Choices of pet jewelry come in a variety of styles, designs, sizes and materials suitable to your taste. Independent jewelers may also customize a piece for you. The most common types of memorial jewelry are necklaces, bracelets, and photo jewelry, but there are many others.


Necklaces are probably the most popular choice in pet jewelry. You can show your love for your pet with a large variety of symbolic pendants such as a paw print, heart, dog tag, or a small figurine representing your type of pet.

One popular choice of necklace pendant is an ash holder or locket. The holder can be in the shape of a heart, a simple disk, or a cylinder made of your choice of metal. Different finishes and designs add to its uniqueness. Engraving your pet’s name is often available.

For a truly unique piece of jewelry, some pet owners have been known to have one of their pet’s teeth or claws cast in gold. Finding a jeweler to do this for you may be difficult, which makes this type of pet jewelry extremely expensive.


Bracelets are a beautiful, understated way of showing your love for your pet. You can find memorial bracelets in a wide variety of styles.

Bangle. A bangle style bracelet can hold a large variety of pendants engraved with special memories such as your pet’s name, a paw print, a bone, and loving thoughts you have for your furry one. Some bangles are made from metal while others might be made of informal leather. You can even have your horse’s hair weaved into leather suede for a colorful bangle.

Cuff. For a trendy look, choose a cuff bracelet which has a larger area for engraving a lasting thought or personal message on one side and icons representing your pet on the other side. Cuff bracelets tend to handle wear and tear over time very well.

Small and Dainty. You can also choose a simple, dainty bracelet that has a small, narrow plate for engraving your pet’s name. A dainty bracelet is a perfect choice for anyone who prefers jewelry with a delicate look.

Ash or Hair Holder. A small, lightweight ash holder bracelet is a nice way to keep either a small portion of your pet’s ashes or a clipping of hair. Some holders for bracelets are too small to have any lengthy engraving put on it aside from your pet’s name, however, but for many pet owners that is enough.

Customized. For an unusual and highly unique jewelry creation, some independent jewelers such as Kim Foskett in California will create a customized paw print or nose imprint pendant just for you. A mold of your pet’s paw or nose imprint is created either with a clay or silicone molding kit or by digitally sending an ink scan from a print and then cast into sterling silver. Other jewelers are willing to turn your cat’s fur into a large bead for a bracelet or ring.

Photo Jewelry

Bracelets and necklaces– even anklets and key chains– can also hold pendants containing a photo of your loving pet. Having a readily available photo to carry with you is a great way to remember your love.

Some jewelry pieces contain a watertight area to display a photo of your pet while others can have customized engraving of your pet’s photo. Personalized touches might include a gemstone. Most are available in sterling silver, but you can also find it made of pewter or stainless steel with gold plating.

Wear Your Beautiful Memories

Losing a pet is never easy. Preserving your loved one’s memory in keepsake jewelry is an excellent way to never having to say goodbye. Now you can carry your pet’s love with you wherever you go in a bracelet, necklace, or other pieces of beautiful jewelry you will treasure forever…just as you treasure your pet.

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