Common Questions About Bronze Plaques

Common Questions About Bronze Plaques

February 3, 2021

Not everyone wants a granite gravestone, especially if they opt for cremation. Bronze memorial plaques are an elegant, durable solution that can be used in Phillipsburg, NJ cemeteries and columbaria, depending on what the memorial site allows.

We offer sophisticated bronze plaques and urns, customized to reflect your loved one’s life and personality. Here are some of our most frequently asked questions.

Why choose a bronze plaque?

Bronze has been used for millennia in tools, statues, weaponry and memorials. This copper, tin and lead alloy is incredibly durable, with a unique luster that stands out among a sea of granite gravestones. Over time, it develops a beautiful patina that enhances its natural beauty.

What can be included on a bronze plaque?

Your plaque is only limited by cemetery or columbarium regulations—and what can reasonably fit on the plaque. We understand that in addition to names and dates, many people want to add quotations, photos, logos and other ways to memorialize their loved one. We’ll help you decide which parts are the most important and what will look the best on your plaque.

Can you add photos, logos or other images to plaques?

Yes. We can usually add a logo or image to your plaque, given sufficient space. Photos can be added on raised ceramic or porcelain cameos—but be sure to have a high-quality digital photo available. Low-resolution images will come out blurry, which is not the way you want to honor the deceased. To ensure your design is feasible, please call us to discuss your options and get a quote.

Will we see a proof before the plaque is cast?

Yes. We want to make sure you’re happy before the permanent marker is created, so we will send you a proof to review.

How long does it take to create?

Typically, a plaque can be created in 20 to 25 days. Material availability, staffing, number of orders and other issues can impact this process, so be sure to let us know if you’re dealing with specific time constraints. Although we can’t guarantee that we can rush your order, it may be possible.

What will the aging process look like?

Bronze develops a greenish patina over time. Not only is this unavoidable, it’s actually desirable—it enhances the metal’s beauty. Our plaques come with a protective coating, but as the marker ages, the coating will wear off and the patina will develop.

What happens if there’s an error on the plaque?

Since you’ll have the opportunity to review a proof before the plaque is created, the responsibility for spotting errors falls on the client. Be sure to triple-check spelling, names, dates and other details you plan to include. Once the plaque is created, we cannot correct errors without an extra charge. However, if there’s a manufacturing error involved, we will absolutely work with you until we get it right.

To learn more about our bronze plaque options in Phillipsburg, NJ, reach out to the experts at Phillipsburg Memorial Company today.

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