Losing a loved-one is heartbreaking enough, whether they were a relative, a lover, partner, best friend or pet. Scattering their ashes is too much of a final closure, they may have spent many years with you on this earth and you may feel you never wish to ever forget them.
Here is a really special way you could remember them forever... with a real memorial diamond made from the last remnants of their existence – diamonds are forever they say!
Algordanza, a Swiss company, has taken a fascinating and unexpected approach to memorializing our loved ones who have passed; They will compress and super-heat your loved one’s cremated ashes and turn them into a man-made diamond that can be worn and cherished.
A cut and polished diamond. The blue color comes from the amount of boron present in the ashes.
Algordanza provides a service where the cremated remains of a loved one convert into a diamond. A small amount of ashes is all that is needed to make a fabulous Blue diamond, this can be mounted in a ring or a pendant. More than one diamond and different sizes are available to suit your budget, or if you wish to have a keepsake for other family members and friends.
How is this done? The human body is about 18% carbon, and about 2% of that remains after the cremation process.
To create these synthetic stones, the company’s trained chemists extract carbon from cremated human remains, then convert the carbon into graphite by heating it to high temperatures. This graphite is then put into a machine that mimics the conditions found deep within the Earth, where natural diamonds form. For several weeks, the material is compressed and heated in temperatures of about 1,500 degrees Celsius. The ashes then emerge transformed into a shining raw diamond, usually bluish in color, due to the element Boron in the carbon.
These are the machines that exert pressure onto the graphite, mechanically transforming it into a diamond
Picking up a new diamond.
The diamond is cut, and, if the deceased loved one’s want to pay for it, engraved with a little message or the name of the person-cum-rock. This ashes-to-diamond process ranges from $5,000 to $22,000, and every year, Algordanza gem-ifies the remains of about 850 people, 25% of whom come from Japan.
A completed diamond.
A memorial diamond set into a ring.
Turning someone's ashes into a diamond is not a cheap process, but it's comparable with the cost of an average funeral.
The process is pretty fascinating on a scientific level, when you consider that what was once a human is now a beautiful gem.
In today’s increasingly secular, melting-pot societies, rituals surrounding death and burial deviate from the traditional, leaving more creative choices about what to do with our mortal coils once they’re shuffled off. If being reincarnated as a pretty necklace suits your style, who’s to judge?
Sources: Viralnova, Algordanza
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