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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Christina Cole has been designing jewelry and melting glass beads for 17 years. But after losing her grandfather three years ago, the focus of her business changed with one simple question.

"I asked my grandmother if she wanted a piece of her husband, my grandfather, with her," she said.

That was the genesis of Together Again Memory Beads, jewelry that contains the ashes of a loved one, and business is out of this world.

"It's about 50-50. I get a lot of pets, I get a lot of people," Christina said.

Christina has a whole line of memory beads to choose from, or she can custom design something. She just needs to know whether you want the ashes visible or invisible.

And you don't have share much of the dearly departed.

"I just need a teaspoon," Christina said.

Christina understands turning your cherished one's ashes into a fashion statement is not for everyone.

"But for those who it is, it can shift their being. It can shift what's experienced in loss," she said.

When Christina began dealing in remains of the dead, they started talking to her.

"When I started doing this, I started getting messages and all of a sudden I became a medium," she said.

Messages she will share with her customers at Together Again Memory Beads.

"So now everybody get to feel that connection, that together again feeling," Christina said.

As a placer of ashes and a receiver a messages, making cremation jewelry can be emotionally overwhelming.

"I'm so empathetic. I feel everybody's pain," Christina said.

Together Again Memory Beads turns remembrances into baubles, a color coordinated celebration of life where those we love can hang around forever.

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