What I do. My name is Gem and here at Lasting Touch I create beautiful pieces of sterling silver memorial jewellery.
I work to set ashes, hair, pet fur and other precious items into lasting pieces of jewellery. I also work with fingerprints, hand and pawprints and handwriting to create beautiful handmade keepsakes and charms.
I am not a big company, I am one person, offering a personal service to individual customers. I make each piece myself, and each is hand crafted using a combination of traditional and modern methods and materials.
Memorial Jewellery - If you have found my page because you have lost a loved one, my sincere condolences to you. There is no immediate hurry to choose your jewellery however you will need to collect some prints if you would like to have this option at a later date. Please Visit my Loving Memory Jewellery page for more information about collecting prints from a deceased person.
I also have a range of jewellery that features ashes and hair.
How it works - In order to make your keepsake jewellery I will of course need your prints and/or inclusions (ie ashes/hair/fur etc). These are usually collected using a special kit which I will send to you when you place your order. If you have your ashes or prints ready to send and you don't need a collection kit, that's fine too.
Ashes and hair/fur jewellery is made using a special high grade resin. Unfortunately the temperatures required to work with glass mean that it is impossible to set inclusions such as hair and fur this way, which is why I use resin instead. My resin is crystal clear and doesn't go yellow.
On my How it's Done, page you will find out how fingerprint jewellery is made and videos of how to take fingerprints with putty and handprints using my inkless wipe system.
If you already have prints you'd like to use, they can be scanned and emailed to me, or you can send a photocopy in the post.
What happens then? Simply pop your prints or inclusions in the post (paper prints can also be sent via email) and I will create your keepsake jewellery and have it ready to post within a timescale that suits you. If you're in a real hurry, you can choose the fastest shipping option from just 4 days at checkout (available with selected items).
More questions? Feel free to check out my FAQs page, or use the 'ask a question' facility on all of my product pages and I will get back to you by email asap. Alternatively you can email Gemma@lastingtouch.co.uk contact me via facebook.