One of the most unique urns I've seen in my career is a pyramid. It's made of wood, stained and adorned with gold-colored trim. When I walked into our urn display room one day, I was instantly drawn to it. You can't help it uniqueness.
But, the question was, more than being a unique piece of art, would anyone choose it for their loved one's ashes? I was about to find out.
Turns out, one fine day, I met with a family and the instant they saw that piece, they declared, "That's the one!" They looked no further. They had found the urn, which fit their loved one perfectly. It was unique to their needs.
Though we strive to find the best offerings in merchandise available, we may or may not have the one piece that meets a family's needs. The pyramid urn was a unique combination of circumstances, but wouldn't it be nice to have a your disposal a place, which will create unique, customized pieces every time?
Matthew S. Kennedy at http://www.urnnews.com/Artists/TTGallery.html is doing just that -- offering urn customization.
In reading about Mr. Kennedy of Southern California, I found he takes an artisan approach to each and every urn, rather than mass production by pre-fabricated blue prints. One unique aspect that caught my attention was, "My art is unique and different with the hand carved rocks that adorn the top of each urn for the knob."
On the site, you will find a number of artists pursuing the same cause http://www.urnnews.com/Gallery.html, each with their own individual style and abilities.
And though jewelry specific to ash preservation is a rather new, especially here in the South, it is also offered here http://www.urnnews.com/Jewelry/Titanium.html. The idea of jewelry as a keepsake may or may not appeal to you, but at the very least it is available.
What is true is that more and more people are considering cremation as a final disposition, certainly my generation. It's nice to know there people painstakingly creating art, which will honor and preserve the most precious of all things -- your loved one's remains.