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Mother of Pearl Cremation Urns

Comfort and Beauty from the Ocean


by Jerri Haaven
Certified Grief Recovery Specialist and Celebrant

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Imagine beauty. Feel the healing that infuses beauty. Then imagine a resting place that emanates both beauty and healing. Perhaps an urn for mom - a vessel to hold the ashes of a beloved mother or grandmother. A mother-of-pearl cremation urn provides such a final resting place.

The healing and soothing energy of the ocean infuses the aesthetically pleasing mother-of-pearl urn for ashes. It provides the bereaved with an exquisite way to remember a loved one or pet. When the urn is displayed on a mantel or shelf, the protective energy of the gem provides the viewer with a sense of peace and tranquility.

The symbolism is quite powerful. Having cremation ashes housed in a vessel that radiates the source of all life on earth is a way of expressing the completion of a life cycle.

First known decorative uses of mother-of-pearl

As far back as 4,200 BC, Egyptians utilized the precious material. Ornaments made of this substance were initially found in the Egyptian pyramids (built roughly 4500 years BC). Today, mother-of-pearl can be found nearly everywhere – jewelry, buttons and even piano keys are crafted with this highly sought after gift from the sea.

Mother-of-pearl cremation urns

Hidden in the protective shell of certain oysters and abalones is a smooth and shiny iridescent substance known as nacre, or mother-of-pearl. This crystalline material is strong, resilient, and lightweight. Because of a tiny nucleus that 'seeds' cultured pearls, this beautiful and naturally made gem is associated with the nurturing, calming, and relaxing qualities we might find in a mother. The iridescence suggests purity, radiance, and clarity.

Its amazing strength and toughness, along with its resistance to fractures, makes it an ideal material for cremation urns for display or in a niche. Styles vary from a mosaic paragon serving as a memorial chest to a lovely bronze pet cremation urn inlaid with mother-of-pearl. 

Is mother-of-pearl affordable and easy to care for?

Mother of Pearl cremation urns are easy to care for. Simply wipe the urn down with a soft cloth using mild soap. Avoid using harsh chemicals.

Cremation urns adorned with mother-of-pearl vary in size and price. The Elite Mother-of-Pearl cremation urn costs under $150. This particular large size holds a standard adult’s 200 cubic inches of ash. Smaller sizes, such as the Elite Mother-of-pearl cremation keepsakes, hold a pinch of ash, and are commonly used to share ashes.

Our mother-of-pearl cremation urns are meticulously crafted. Their impeccable quality is unmatched in the industry. These unique products provide an elegant final resting place for your mother, grandmother, or other loved one, and will be treasured for generations to come.

Jerri Haaven is a freelance writer, and a certified Grief Recovery Specialist and Celebrant. When caring for her dad, who suffered from dementia and COPD, Jerri struggled with the negative side effects of his illness. She developed positive outlets to express herself and recover from her loss. Today as a certified Grief Recovery Specialist and Celebrant, she uses her skills to help people who are in the midst of their own personal story of grief and loss.