Archive for September, 2014

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.