“For many people there’s a great need to have something tangible to remember that person by and to serve as a reminder that love lives on,” says Jennifer Graziano, whose family operates the Coxe & Graziano funeral homes in Greenwich and Mamaroneck.
Last year, Graziano sought to meet her clients’ need for enduring closeness by launching the RememBar Collection of fine jewelry, noteworthy for discreetly hollowed out vessels that can hold tiny bits of cremated remains.
The innovative line, which Graziano designed in close collaboration with former Tiffany and David Yurman designer Ward Kelvin, features a collection of chic bracelets, necklaces and pendants rendered in 18 karat gold and rhodium-plated silver. The on-trend pieces, which start at about $250, can be customized with gemstones
and engravings of names or meaningful messages.
“Part of what has inspired memorial jewelry is the cremation trend,” says Graziano, who noticed clients were looking for personalized ways to keep ashes that went
beyond keeping them in a mantel urn. “I wanted to create something that was lasting, wearable and beautifully designed. But I also wanted to make it discreet enough
that you only had to explain why you’re wearing it if you wanted to.”
While not everyone may be up for the ashes concept, how to customize these accessories is open to interpretation. Graziano sports a bar necklace from the collection that holds a few drops of her late grandmother’s favorite perfume. She’s worked with families who have opted to insert a few locks of a departed loved one’s hair.
“You are never going to get over losing someone you love, but for some people slipping these on is instant comfort,” says Graziano. “It’s something they can feel
and touch, and that can mean the world.”
18K yellow gold horizontal bar bracelet on 18K yellow gold chain; $1,420
18K yellow gold horizontal bar with diamond bracelet with blue chalcedony beads; $1,780
18k yellow gold vertical bar pendant with pink tourmaline on 18-inch 18K yellow gold chain; $1,900