The Apple Cremation Urn for Ashes has been beautifully sculpted by Italian artisans and handcrafted to resemble an apple with a stem and leaf. The craftsman has placed a great deal of attention on the fine details of this wonderful piece, including subtle carvings on the leaf and stem making it a lifelike and authentic piece.
An apple can be seen as a divine gift - a symbol of perfection inspired by its beauty and can personify feelings such as happiness and calmness. The apple in the biblical tradition is related to the image of paradise.
The carefully carved wood has been sculpted to deliver a rounded surface which feels smooth to the touch, providing you with a sense of tranquillity when the urn is held. Whilst this wooden urn was designed to be within your home, it can also be buried in the ground - as this type of wood will naturally decompose between 2 - 5 years and your loved one's ashes will be released into the earth.
This wooden urn has two base types of wood, Lime Wood and Swiss Pine. There are different variations of each wood, for example the natural can be painted with gold paint or even be painted with real gold and silver leaf. Our Apple Wooden Cremation Urn can be opened at the base by accessing the 4 screws attached, undoing them allows you to lift off a section of the urn and securely place the ashes inside. We include a biodegradable bag to hold your loved one's ashes within this urn.
Authentic gold leaf is created by hammering gold into very thin sheets which vary in gold content and weight. It is approximately 91.7% gold, equating to 22 karat. Gold has been a symbol of opulence from the beginning, with Greek ideology that by looking upon the gold sculptures, a viewer could better themselves.
The process of layering gold leaf over a surface is called gold leafing or gilding. In order to add the gold leaf to a surface it must first be prepared with a surface paint, then applied with adhesive followed by, burnishing, cleaning, pre-paint sealing, painting, and a final post-paint sealing. Ultimately, applying gold leaf is challenging and a lot of careful work is required in order to achieve the perfect painted gold leaf surface.
Throughout history, gold leaf has been used to portray many things. In the Medieval Era, halos of gold leaf were used in art to signify the heavenly or unearthly, much like your loved one who has left our world. Similarly, in 17th century Japan, gold leaf was used to evoke a celestial feeling towards the heavens.