Stone and Marble Cremation Urns
Each of the marble and stone cremation urns that OneWorld Memorials provides is an everlasting treasure. Real marble, cultured marble, soap stone, and even jade are used in crafting these permanent, sturdy, and elegant cremation urns. Our marble cremation urns come in colors and patterns in combinations that reflect the beauty of all aspects of nature: the sky, the earth, the water.
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. So, in choosing marble you would be in esteemed company. Marble is ideal for a long-lasting tribute to a loved one whether you keep it at home, in a columbarium or even if you decide to bury it.
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 that 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 – an affordable, and luxurious choice
Cultured marble is a manufactured product invented several decades ago as a moldable 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 fashioned into various shapes and has many uses, such as in construction for countertops, 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. 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 buildings and is popular in kitchen decor as countertops, 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 available at OneWorld Memorials. Differing types of natural stone work well with either a rotary or laser engraver. The results of engraving on stone have a classic beauty all their own.
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 as 20 cubic inches. The cultured marble urns are made for keepsakes and every size through to adult. You will also find cultured marble cremation urns for two and extra-large.