Last Updated on May 12, 2021
Cultured marble urns are elegantly constructed containers for holding cremated remains. It’s a different material from genuine solid marble, but holds many advantages for you.
Especially if you are looking for a beautiful, long-lasting, elegant, and affordable urn for your loved one, you won’t regret getting a cultured marble cremation urn.
Let’s learn about these urns and why you should consider one.
What Are Cultured Marble Urns?
“Cultured” marble, as opposed to natural marble, is a man-made product created by combining real marble stone particles with resin in a mold along with pigmentation for color.
The result is a perfectly cast product, both durable and versatile in use at a much more affordable price than natural marble.
Note: If you’re interested in genuine marble urns, we have those available here.
Advantages of Cultured Marble Urns
As a cremation urn, cultured marble is an excellent choice for a memorial.
Here are five advantages of cultured marble urns.
1. Cultured Marble Urns are Affordable
Cultured vs Natural Marble
Cultured marble urns are produced at a relatively low cost compared to quarried stone urns, and correspondingly have a much lower price point.
This is because large chunks of true marble are difficult to come by, expensive to transport and work with, and will thus have a much higher price tag.
Cultured marble urns have a similar look and carry many of the same benefits, but are made using a much easier and consistent process. This makes a much slighter impact on your budget.
Cultured marble urns are even affordable compared to many other types of urn materials.
Glass and ceramic urns can be twice as expensive or more. Wood urns can be more or less expensive depending on the quality of the materials and craftsmanship.
All of these other materials are more likely to break, wear out, and biodegrade. Cultured marble will endure for eons.
A cultured marble urn may also help you save money if you are burying the urn at a cemetery. When burying any type of urn that is not stone (natural or cultured), most cemeteries or funeral homes require a “burial vault” (a container made from plastic, metal, or stone that will hold and protect the cremation urn).
This burial vault protects the urn and keeps it from decay, while also ensuring that the ground does not collapse, resulting in an unsightly “sunken grave.”
Depending on the policies of the cemetery, a cultured marble urn will typically double as a burial vault. Since the cultured marble does not decay, and urn vault will not be required, saving you the expense of purchasing an additional product.
2. Cultured Marble Urns are Long-Lasting
Cremation urns are available in many types of materials, from ones purposefully designed to quickly biodegrade (such as sand, paper, salt, and more), to types that are breakable (like ceramic), bendable (metal), or that will eventually decay (wood).
Each of these types of materials work well for use as a memorial urn when used and cared for appropriately – wood and ceramic urns are some of our most popular products, and we think they’re great choices.
But if you’re looking for something that is at the top of the durability spectrum, cultured marble is one of the best.
As a great imitation of real stone, cultured marble won’t decay or biodegrade – that’s why it is a choice material for burial vaults. Cultured marble is also commonly used for high-use functions such as countertops, shower and wall linings.
The one issue of which you should be aware is that some colors will fade when exposed to direct sunlight over a long period of time.
For this reason, if you’re keeping and displaying the cultured marble urn at home, we recommend you choose a resting place that isn’t reached by direct sunlight. This will ensure that the color and beauty of the urn will endure.
3. Cultured Marble Urns are Customizable
The consistency of the surface of our line of premium cultured marble urns allows for incredibly detailed laser engraving.
The bold block font combined with an elegant script makes for a lovely inscription. We can color fill the engraving with gold, black, or silver if you desire some extra contrast.
4. Cultured Marble Urns are Easily Sealed
The way cultured marble urns are made ensures that there are no seams visible on the outside, and the material itself is less porous than true marble.
The top portion is made from a single solid mold, and the base is added using the same cultured marble materials that ensure durability and longevity.
For all practical purposes, this means that the only entry point is through the intended opening, which is a threaded stopper in the bottom center of the urn.
Our urns have a nice and wide threaded stopper. This allows you to either pour the remains directly into the urn, or line it by placing a plastic bag inside the urn, then filling the bag that is inside the urn.
Once the urn is filled, you can simply put a bead of glue, plumber’s tape, or other sealant onto the thread of the stopper. This ensures that the remains are completely secured and well sealed inside the urn.
5. Cultured Marble Urns are Beautiful
Last but certainly not least, beauty is an important factor in your choice of a memorial urn. Cultured marble urns are beautiful, with realistic marble patterns and vivid colors, seamless construction, a fine gloss finish and gorgeous personalized laser engraved inscription. A truly ideal choice for a memorial urn for your loved one. The Caribbean Blue Cultured Marble Urn pictured above is our most popular color, due to its vibrant spray of ocean-hued blues.