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Urn Materials: Which One Should You Choose?

Published: October 24, 2022
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Urns are a very special vessel that holds a loved one’s ashes after their cremation services in Hallsville, TX. These important containers have been around for over thousands of years. In fact, the oldest evidence of urns being used dates back to approximately 7000 BC. This is where, in China, pottery urns have been uncovered.  

While they are still used today, some of the materials they are made from have changed. With so many choices of designs and materials, how do you know which one to choose? While the design of the urn is an individual choice, there are some properties of the materials used that lend themselves better suited for certain environments. Let’s explore this a little more.

Ceramic Urns

Ceramic urns can be a very beautiful choice as they are available in many colors and designs. While the material itself can be resistant to things such as sun and moisture, this material is also very delicate and can be broken and damaged easily. When choosing a ceramic urn always make sure it is placed in a spot that it is supported adequately as well as not in reach of children and/or any pets.  

When cleaning these urns, it is always best to use a dry cloth and avoid anything using water. If you do ever use water, make sure to dry the urn completely with a dry cloth to avoid the water staining the urn.


Glass urns are very similar to ceramic urns and can also be found in several colors and designs. Just as with ceramic urns, glass urns are extremely delicate and need to be placed in a secure locations. When cleaning your glass urn, it is important to use an all-natural cleaner as to not damage the urn.

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Wood Urns

Wooden urns can be found made from a variety of woods. These can include maple, oak, cedar, pine, rosewood, cherry, walnut, bamboo, and more.  

Wooden urns can be a great choice when you are looking for a more durable urn. Even though these urns are more resistant to damage from breaking, they do have some things to be aware of. First, wooden urns do not do well in sunlight or moisture as both can damage and warp the urn over time.  

To clean these urns, you will want to use a furniture polish specially for wood. Make sure to not use water to clean them as this can damage them.

Metal Urns

Metal urns can typically be found in steel, pewter, copper, bronze, brass, or stainless steel. These urns are extremely durable and can last for generations. Also, since these are metal, many of them can be placed inside or outside. One thing to be aware is that some of these urns, such as stainless steel, will show scratches very easily. Therefore when cleaning it is important to use a dry soft cloth free of any residue that may scratch the surface as any scratches will show up pretty pronounced.  

After your loved one’s cremation services in Hallsville, TX, talk to your cremation provider about the best material urn for your situation.

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