Bronze Headstones - Durable Memorials That Will Last Lifetimes
Bronze is a metal alloy that has been
around for thousands of years. It was around 700 BC that the Romans
advanced the use of bronze for many applications including weaponry,
armor, furniture, cooking utensils and statuary used to memorialize the
likes of gods, athletes and heroes. Over the centuries bronze has been
phased out for many of these applications except for memorialization
and art. A natural characteristic of bronze is that upon oxidation, it
forms a greenish patina that is most desired among artists. Durability
and the ability to weather well make it an ideal choice for cemetery headstones.
Many of the cemeteries and memorial parks
across the country are moving toward requiring bronze headstones as
the only form of memorialization allowed in the cemetery. They reason
it is to preserve the look of the landscaping and it is easier to
maintain the grounds when all cemetery headstones are at lawn level.
Benefits of Bronze
Outside of the cemetery requirements, there are some real
benefits to using bronze as a memorial to mark the grave of a loved one.
First the casting
process allows intricate details and fine artwork to be incorporated
into the designs. Most bronze memorial manufacturers have pre-designed
templates from which you can add lettering, dates and emblems to
personalize the memorial. All of these templates allow for a future date
of death to be added in the form of a
bronze death date scroll if it is for a companion memorial and one of the persons is still living.
Second - bronze is a very
durable alloy. If you have ever seen centuries old public statuary
made from bronze, you will observe that they remain virtually unchanged
except for the coloring. Bronze is very good at maintaining its shape
for centuries and therefore makes an excellent medium for cemetery
Third - current
manufacturing techniques have made bronze an affordable option for
memorialization. Additionally, recent technology now makes it possible
to take photographs and create a bronze memorial that is a collage
highlighting key moments in one’s lifetime.
Types of Bronze Memorials
While the application of bronze for
memorialization is in wide use, there are not too many different types
of memorials made from this ancient alloy.
Bronze Plaques consist
mainly of a plate made from bronze in which a design, lettering, dates
and some sort of inscription are cast on the surface. In most
cemeteries the plaque is secured to either a granite base or in some
cases a concrete foundation. Many bronze plaques are secured to a
vertical surface such as an upright monument, statue pedestal or
mausoleum crypt front. Versatility is a key factor in their wide use in
cemeteries, architectural applications and signage.
Statuary for centuries
having been made from bronze, offers excellent testimony to its ability
to withstand the elements of time and Mother Nature. In many of the
greatest historical cities around the world, you can witness some truly
amazing works of art showcased in museums and outdoor public places.
Bronze statues can be seen in many cemeteries across the country. They
are usually cast in the likeness of the person they are memorializing.
Cremation Urns are made utilizing some of the very
same techniques used to produce bronze statues. Bronze urns
come in a wide variety of shapes and styles. Some are made as small
sculpted statues with a hollowed out portion to contain the cremated ashes,
while others are made from sheet bronze welded together creating