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The Keepsake Box

The idea of a keepsake box has been around for many, many years. Hundreds of years.

Traditionally made from wood, and the more special amongst them handcrafted, perhaps by a special person in one’s life, they kept the most precious of mementoes. Not those that were of any sort of monetary value, but those that held great sentimental worth.

When storage was scarce it was the mementoes of special events; weddings and christenings, or the birth of a child. Often the boxes were given as a gift at any or all of these events.

I think this poem by Maria Mazziotti Gillan succinctly encompasses the specialness of the keepsake box on so many levels.

rising out of it when I opened it. I loved the feel of the
burnished wood under my fingers, the box that would keep my
tender secrets for years. So much in our lives is like that, we
love and love and love an object and then one day

With photographs hard to come by, and saved for exceptionally special occasions, I imagine the boxes would have been the perfect vessel to keep and protect such images and memories.

More recently, the boxes are used for other events that, until only recently, were considerably taboo. Funerals and the memories of treasured people and the sad incidence of still birth and the memory of what could have been can be kept safely encapsulated in a gorgeous wooden box.

If we think of wars long past, the keepsake box may well have been the place to keep a token and reminder, however small, of a person loved and now gone.

This line in the same poem highlights just how valuable items like a keepsake box are, for our memories and to enable us, even for a moment, a reflection of a moment that was so incredibly special to us. It allows us to be in touch with a person we loved, or a moment that we treasured so greatly.

it disappears, and we don’t notice as though there were a
canyon in the middle of the world where all those lost loves
go. It is like that with people too. So now, when I hear your
voice on the phone, that trembling, rasping it has become

Do you have a keepsake box? What do you keep in yours?

The poem quoted can be read here http://www.rattle.com/poetry/the-cedar-keepsake-box-by-maria-mazziotti-gillan/

A Pendant Next To Your Heart

Etched In Memories specialises in jewellery with customised messages, so you can wear or give someone a one-of-a-kind piece that speaks directly from your heart. The pendants themselves are made of fine quality metals, and, once engraved, will hold the precious words next to the wearer’s heart for years to come. One of the premier joys of being a co-creator in custom jewellery is the luxury of choice. As well as choosing the metal that will suit the wearer best, there are a variety of shapes, sizes and thicknesses of pendant to choose from, each of which are suitable for carrying different types of messages.

Stainless steel pendants are the most economical of the range, and are a strong, bright option for casual gifts. Sterling silver is somewhat similar in appearance to stainless steel, but unlike stainless steel contains a high percentage of silver, a precious metal. Etched In Memories also carries a selection of pendants in gold. These range from the gold plated, through to 9ct white and yellow gold options. Gold plated jewellery is quite affordable, being a thin layer of gold covering a strong base metal. 9ct yellow and white gold are both very precious and beautiful options which people treasure for years and have heirloom potential.

The range of pendant shapes available ensures there is something to suit men and women of all ages, and great options for all occasions. The classic heart shaped pendants are well suited to displaying wedding anniversaries, for instance, or children’s names. Attractively rounded circles and ovals are sometimes preferred by women. Square pendants can appear quite modern, and along with rectangles and ID tag shapes can carry very personal and sentimental messages and still be suitable for men to wear.

This is only a simple guide, however. When choosing the pendant you would like, remember the human heart has few rules. Have a look through the Etched In Memories selection, and see what speaks to you.

Words Of Memory

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but a few well chosen words can still speak volumes. When ordering a pendant, pictures truly personalise, but also consider how text could enhance the piece. Etched in Memories can engrave words for you, as well as render your quality images onto our pendants.

Perhaps you’d like to craft a special message for a special person in your life. Maybe a line of poetry will suit the occasion. An inspirational quote that will mean a lot to the recipient might be just the thing to create a well-thought-out present. The difference between a very pretty gift and a truly outstanding one might be including the names of beloved family members, or dates of significance, such as anniversaries. There are many possibilities to ponder, and finding just the right words will bring the pendant even closer to the heart of the wearer.

There are a few guidelines to keep in mind as you let your creative mind wander. There is a flat fee of $5 for text, which covers unlimited words, but different sizes and shapes make the pendants suitable for different lengths of messages. Generally, the more words, the smaller (and harder to read) the text will be. We have found that up to 10 words fit well on most pendant shapes. If you are thinking of a longer message, the ID Tag might be the best fit.

Please feel free to consult with us about including text on your pendant order. We can make individual recommendations that will assist you in designing the quality piece your loved one deserves, while including a message that is one of a kind.

Rituals And Memory

Perhaps you have heard about the 5 year photo project – it is all about 5 friends who go back to the same place every 5 years and take the same photo again. They have been performing this unique ritual of theirs since 1982 and, according to them, it has kept their high school friendship alive.

Indeed, as we go back through the years, we realise that many of our memories are result of a sui generis ritual or tradition we have with our friends, relatives, parents. Of course, there are many spontaneous moments that turn into great memories, but knowing that next month or next year or even in 5 years you will be with the people you love performing something you all enjoy will certainly keep them fresh in your memory.

Therefore, it is proven that rituals have the useful ability to build memories. It is even more important that they work in two ways. Firstly, they help you remember that your friends are somewhere out there even if you can’t talk to them every day and meet them regularly. Secondly, they create real memories that you can take with your wherever you have – memories that will warm your heart when you feel lonely and under the weather.

Of course, when it comes to rituals, it may be something requiring a lot of preparation (like the 5 year photo project), or it may be something really simple, like sharing a cup of tea on Sunday afternoons. Talking on Skype from time to time, going to the cinema at Christmas, having a drink after a job well done (see “Boston Legal”) – it doesn’t really matter. The important part is spending great time with your loved ones and remembering it – because “nothing is ever really lost to us as long as we remember it.”

So, if you are afraid that your memory may betray you and important people may begin to fade away, just make sure to create a ritual with them. No matter if it is formal or personal, religious and spiritual or simple and everyday, it will create a special bond between you and your friends and will make sure your relationship survives regardless of the circumstances. Even if the people in question are no longer among us, we can still keep them in our hearts with the help of rituals and maintain a connection as long as it makes us feel good.

If you don’t want to entrust everything to your memory, you can take additional measures to remember. During a favourite ritual of yours, take a nice picture with your loved once and ask us to engrave it on a pendant. With a picture on one side and the date of the ritual on another, you are sure to keep it fresh with you wherever you go. So if you want to make sure your friends, parents or significant others are safely preserved in your heart, contact Etched in Memories now and we will help you choose the best item for the occasion.

Father’s Day Gifts

Perhaps you are well aware that Father’s Day (September 7) is drawing closer and it is only fair to give your old man something for the efforts of bringing you up. Usually, it is the mothers who get flowers and nicely-packed gifts, so getting something for dad on his special day will be a great way to show him your feelings, gratitude and acknowledgment. If you are having doubts about the nature of the gift, however, some of the options below may draw your attention – all of them can be customised to remind your dad of a great moment you had together.

To start with, you can choose from a variety of cufflinks and pendants available in our online store. Both options are available in a variety of forms and sizes, so make sure you check out all the categories and find the one your dad likes the most. In the case of the cufflinks, they can be oval or square. As for the pendants, they come in various forms, including ID tags, ovals and rectangles, as well as square and round pendants.

If you have decided to go for a pendant, you will need to carefully select the material it is made of. The options you have are stainless steel (it won’t change its colour and doesn’t look too shiny), gold plated (it is affordable and looks very stylish), sterling silver (an elegant version that won’t draw too much attention) or 9ct white or yellow gold (it will perfectly match with a gold bracelet or ring). Once you have decided your choice of material, you can then look to customise the gift.

The good news is that both the pendant and the cufflinks can be customised with an image and text. Therefore, pick a great picture of you and your dad enjoying the company of each other and add a text message that will express how special he is to you. If one image is not enough, you can add a second one on the back of the pendant or etch different images on each of the cufflinks. Make sure you choose the picture carefully – your dad will have this precious moment in front of his eyes whenever he wears them!

If you can’t decide which item to choose – the pendent or the cufflinks, you can do well to combine them and create a matching set. As for the pendant, you can request a key chain added to it before dispatching, and for the stainless steel models we can offer a corresponding ball or curb chain, so that your dad will be able to wear it around his neck. All our items can be giftwrapped, so you don’t need to worry about wrapped them yourself.

Remember that you need to place your order very soon if you want the item to arrive on time. If you have already made up your mind and would like to make your dad happy on September 7, visit our website now and choose from the many different options described above. All our gifts offer free shipping in Australia, so all you need to do to create another special memory for you and your dad is choose, customise and order – we will take care of the rest!

The Timeless Beauty Of Yellow Gold

For most folks in the world, the word gold is synonymous with the words wealth, security, strength, value and luxury. Unlike other metals, the shine of yellow gold will never tarnish or fade. Gold can also be alloyed with other metals to increase its strength when it is worked into shapes and designs.

Due to these special properties and its rarity, gold has been used as a medium of exchange as well as the metal of choice for jewellery and other works of art. Since ancient times, it is a substance that has remained highly valued, even in times of war and famine.

Given its lasting appeal, is it any wonder that gold remains the time honored choice when we wish to profess our love for one another or recognise others for possessing the virtuous qualities that most of us value: honour, loyalty, and courage?

While gold can be alloyed with other metals to change its hue from yellow to white or rose, the original shiny and attractive yellow gold remains the traditional, endearing choice for most.

Here at Etched In Memories, we know how valuable your most precious memories are to both you and your loved ones. This is why we provide a way for you to preserve your most special memories in attractive and durable yellow gold.

Our 9ct yellow gold pendants can be customised and engraved with the image or text of your choice. They also come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, as well as price ranges. We offer this diverse group so that you can select the perfect yellow gold pendant that best fits your needs and your budget.

Popular shapes for our yellow gold pendants include hearts, squares, rectangles and circles as well as the shape of the familiar ID Tag. The thickness of our pendants range from 0.6 to 1.0 mm thick and pricing begins at a reasonable $283.95.

Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you preserve the memories of the special people and events in your life in an enduring form that will remain untarnished and valuable throughout time.

Creating Memories That Will Stand the Test of Time

“Sometimes you will never know the value of something, until it becomes a memory.” ? Dr. Seuss

Our lives are filled with precious moments. It’s filled with memories such as cuddling with our children as we read them a bedtime story, going home for Christmas andparticipating in family holiday traditions, driving the car with our mother or father for the first time, going away for summer camp or even buying our first house. Our lives are also filled with less pleasant, but necessary activities, such as spending time away from our family and friends to earn our living by working. Since work is such an important part of our lives, it’s easy to get wrapped up in this and even mundane tasks such as cleaning our homes or buying “things.” Soon, these other activities take centre stage; somehow we get distracted, and forget to live our lives while we are alive.

No matter how long anyone lives, it’s not long enough. Life is short, too short. Before we know it, time passes, and suddenly we are twenty or thirty years older. Our children are grown and have moved far away to raise families of our own, and parents and other loved ones have passed on. Now, they are no longer available for us to give them that one last hug or ask them for one last bit of advice. Eventually, we are all left on our own, alone.

This is why it is so important to make an effort to not get wound up in things that aren’t really important in the long run. Take time, each day, to really focus on the people that you love and care about. Spend time with them and do things that are fun and that each of you enjoy while all of you are still here to enjoy it. Live in the present. Enjoy life and people while they are still here.

While you are at it, make certain that you make the time to capture some of these wonderful memories. Take lots of photos; shoot videos, save drawings and finger paintings. Make souvenirs from some of your travels and preserve them – even if it’s just pressing and drying a beautiful, vibrant flower that you discover in your own backyard with your child.

If you have a special photo of a great moment that you would like to preserve in a more permanent way, we can help. Here at Etched In Memories we specialise in turning your most memorable events into more permanent treasures. With our unique process, we can take your favorite photos and etch them into your choice of metal. Who wouldn’t appreciate jewellery that is as much an original piece of art as it is a beautiful adornment? Over time, these preserved memories can be passed down to future generations as treasured family heirlooms.

Contact us today to find out how we can help you preserve the best moments in your life and the lives of your loved ones.

Our Three Bestsellers

With Mother’s Day approaching, you may be a little excited as well as a little concerned about what you may end up with as a gift from your children.

The family may also be a little confused and not sure what to get you, so we thought we’d share with you our three biggest and best sellers.

This will make things a little easier for them, and enable you to get something you’re sure to love.

1.  The best by far is the pendant in 9ct yellow gold.  Personalised to include the image of your choice engraved on a heart-shaped pendant, 22cm or 27cm in size, you will be absolutely delighted with this as a gift.  The option for 9ct white gold is there, but the yellow gold is always a winner.

2.  A sterling silver pendant, in the heart shape or round is also a very popular choice.  Similar looking to the white gold pendant, but more doable for the kids’ money boxes, it is another popular item from our selection.

3.  Not just for the New Mum or Mum to Be, our Gift Packages have also been a huge hit.

They really do work for any mum, new or otherwise, and take some of the guesswork out of trying to decide what to buy to show your mum how much she means to you.

Although there is still a selection for the packages, the choice is much simpler and mum will get something to treasure forever.

What will you be getting your Mum this Mother’s Day to let her know how much you appreciate her?

Happy Mother’s Day to all the great mums out there from Etched in Memories.

Pendant And Engraving Possibilities

At Etched In Memories (www.etchedinmemories.com.au) we specialise in personalised gifts particularly that of engraved pendants. When it comes down to your pendant choices and engraving options, there are actually quite a few varieties. It all depends on your budget and your specific gift requirements.

First you need to look at your pendant metal options. We have a choice of stainless steel, gold plated, sterling silver, yellow gold and white gold pendants available. These range in cost from $37.95 for gold plated up to $637.95 for white gold.

Next you have to consider what shape you might want and of course this is closely related to the size and shape of the photo or image you are engraving on the pendant. The shapes we have in current stock are hearts, squares, ID tags, ovals, circles and rectangles. There are other shapes available although we do not hold them in store. If you have a special request, please let us know. The white and yellow gold pendant also comes in two thicknesses, that of 0.6mm and 1mm.

Then of course you have to decide on the actual image/s or photograph/s you would like engraved on the pendant. You can choose to engrave either one or both sides of the pendant with photos, logos, text and more. Our quality affordable metals are perfect for key rings and bookmarks while our 9ct gold or sterling silver pendants are more suitable for beautiful jewellery pieces.

We also offer an engraving only service and can engrave on pendants, zippo lighters, watches and business card holders. Again contact us for more information if you have a specialised order. Suitable items need to be perfectly flat, no thicker than 20mm and no wider than 80x80mm.

We love to assist in creating and preserving your special memories. And as our way of saying thank you, all pendants come with free gift-wrapping, cleaning cloth, standard postage Australia-wide and our promise to treat your memories with care and provide you with a stunning, quality keepsake.

Cufflinks For Your Men

Cufflinks are an elegant gift for men and recently, they have started to become popular again.  It’s as though they have been rediscovered.

I have always thought that cufflinks add a touch of class to a man’s styling and I enjoy seeing that flash of gold or silver on his shirt cuff.

Cufflinks are the decorative way to fasten a shirt cuff but they are only suitable for shirts which have buttonholes on both sides of the sleeve and no buttons.  They can’t be worn with standard shirts because they only have the buttonhole on one side.

There is a decorative side to a cufflink and a closure stud.  The decorative side can be plain metal but often it is decorated with stones or other images.  Ours have flat clean surfaces ready to hold the memories you have chosen.

Our rhodium cufflinks are available in oval or square shapes and we have selected these because the plates give ample room to add a clear etched image on top.  You can have a different image or text on each plate, too. The cufflinks come giftboxed and also include free regular postage Australia wide.

If your man has never worn cufflinks before he might be a little unsure about how to wear them.  This short video clip will show him exactly how to add them to his cuff and how to make sure they look fantastic.