It's said the best porcelain is Bone China and for some grieving loved ones, it's the best way to memorialize the dearly departed and keep them with you always.
Losing a loved one can be a traumatic experience that leaves those left behind feeling abandoned and alone. Now a Japanese company called Gendai-Kuyo is offering survivors a unique and, well, kinda creepy way to hold on to their lost loved ones... literally.
It's called Eternal Plate, basically a form of bone china porcelain made with bones and ashes of a cremated loved one. The company can use as much bone material as is provided; even small amounts are acceptable.
Several different types of memorials are available. One is a framed porcelain wall plaque that comes in large and small sizes, and a choice of 5 pastel colors. The plate can be inscribed with a photogravure likeness of the loved one along with text stating their name and a short message. The photo-type plates range in cost from 189,000 to 241,500 yen (roughly $2,150 to $2,750).
A more portable version of the plaque is available in the form of a wearable pendant framed in silver, gold or platinum with a matching neck chain.
The framed porcelain plates measure 16mm by 20mm by 4mm (0.64" by 0.8" by 0.16") and cost 157,500 yen ($1,790) for silver, 241,500 yen ($2,750) for 18k gold and 399,000 yen ($4,535) for .900 platinum. The mini-plates also come in 5 pastel colors as mentioned above.
After an approximate 2-month turnaround time, the purchaser will receive a unique memorial that is exempt from Japanese laws concerning the treatment of the deceased. This method also exempts the purchaser from the time, trouble and expense of maintaining a tomb for the deceased - a looming problem in a nation with an aging population and a shortage of land.