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Should I Choose a Marble Cremation Urn for Ashes?

Hand carved marble cremation urns have been used for thousands of years. Ancient Egyptians, Romans and Greeks recognized the marble's durability and used it for funeral urns, as well as to build roads, statues and monuments. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City has cinerary urns made of alabaster and marble dating from as early as the 1st century A.D.

Natural marble – an elegant, luxurious stone.

Marble is quarried throughout the world, including in the United States. It is formed primarily of limestone, crystallized over millions of years through extreme heat and pressure. Marble is naturally a light-colored stone, however, it appears in many colors because of impurities present when the rock formed. White marble urns, such as shown in the Taj Mahal Marble Cremation Urn, is pure marble created with few impurities. Colors that appear in marble’s swirls or veins were created by minerals such as silt, sand or iron oxides present during formation. For instance, a green coloration is often due to serpentine and other impurities have been recrystallized by intense pressure. The Genuine Jade Cremation Urn is a great example of a stone urn embedded with lush, green emerald colors. Some marble comes in a jet black color. Nero Marquina is an intense and beautiful black marble as can be seen with the Ebony Marble Cremation Urn.

Cultured marble – a less-expensive luxurious choice

Cultured marble is a manufactured product invented several decades ago as a cost effective alternative to natural marble. It is created from a mixture of stone dust, acrylic resins and pigments made to resemble the color and quality of marble. The manufactured product is durable and maintenance-free. It can be easily molded and has many uses, such as in construction for counter tops, sinks, showers and floors. The price of quarrying and transportation of natural marble stone inevitably increases its cost over that of the cultured marble.

In recent years cultured marble has also been used to make urns such as the Cultured Marble Temple Cremation Urn that comes in 15 different colors. They are easily molded and create long-lasting small urns or large urns for ashes. They are designed with a variety of colors and shapes. The glossy protective finish on the urns cannot be scratched or dented.

Granite Cremation Urns

Urns for ashes can also be purchased in granite. Granite has been long valued for beauty and durability. It was used in ancient Egypt and continues to be used in building and is popular as kitchen decor as counter tos, sinks, etc. Granite is a very hard, granular, crystalline, rock consisting mainly of quartz, mica, and feldspar. When carved, it creates a beautiful looking and solid funeral urn for ashes, such as the mesmerizing Genuine Green Granite Cremation Urn.

Personalizing a Granite, Cultured Marble or Marble Cremation Urn

Personalizing stone urns with expert engraving is very easily accomplished. Differing types of natural stone work well with either a rotary engraver or laser engraver. Cultured marble engraves easily and well with a laser engraving machine. In the cases where the stone is not suitable to direct engraving we offer different options for personalization as well. Read the product descriptions for information.

What sizes of stone and marble cremation urns are there?

Stone urns come in a wide range of sizes. You will find adult size urns with a typical 200 cubic inch capacity and keepsakes for ashes as small at 20 cubic inches. The cultured marble are made for keepsakes, and every size through to adult. You will also find cultured marble cremation urns for two and extra-large.

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