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Turning Cremation Ashes into Diamonds - The Ultimate Pet Memorial

Updated on January 12, 2011

One of the hardest parts of owning a pet is the sad reality that one is likely to outlive this wonderful friend. While there are many ways one can grieve for pet loss, there are some very touching ways in which one can memorialize deceased pets so that they may continue to be cherished and remembered long after they are gone.

By far the most glamorous, glittering, and long-lasting pet memorial one could make is a cremation diamond.  Turning your deceased pet into a diamond (or diamonds) involves sending in all or a portion of your pet's ashes to a special service that converts them into diamonds, which can then be kept as keepsakes, turned into jewelry, or set into special memorials.

A glittering jewel is a wonderful keepsake of a loved one
A glittering jewel is a wonderful keepsake of a loved one

The Benefits of Diamond Cremation for Pets

One of the greatest benefits of choosing diamond cremation as a pet memorial is that it allows one to hold a beloved deceased pet close to oneself in an elegant manner.  While there are necklaces and the like into which one can pour a small bit of ashes, these are messy and hardly attractive as jewelry, whereas diamonds are versatile, classic, and more socially acceptable (a lot of people would be creeped out to see you wearing a vial of ashes).

Diamond cremation is also a good choice in that it creates a long-lasting keepsake that is easy to transport, and can be set in a variety of monuments - from a ring to a necklace to earrings or simply a special monument or box.  Compressing your pet's ashes into a diamond or diamonds allows you to minimize the amount of space your pet's memorial will take up, and will also spare you the trouble of transporting ashes in moves, or risking seeing the ashes spill in the event of an earthquake (or toddler on the loose).

The Diamond Cremation Process

Typically, when one opts for diamond cremation, one first decides how many diamonds one wishes to have made.  This decision will of course be influenced by one's budget and desired final product, and also in the amount of ashes one has.  The company with which you decide to work will give specific measurements needed (in weight) for each diamond, and many provide special shipping containers into which you are to put the required amount of ashes.

Before ashes are sent in, you must also decide what type of diamonds or diamond you would like to create.  Because these diamonds are created in highly controlled conditions, you have influence over the color of diamond you create.  Consider this carefully - perhaps you would want a yellow diamond because it reminds you of your dog's golden coat, etc...

After you send in the ashes, you will have to wait for a certain amount of time as your pet's carbon gets compressed into diamonds.  The amount of time this takes will vary depending on the type of diamond you have requested.

Once the diamond has been created, you can often choose to have it set in a jewelry setting before it is returned to you.  You may also have just the diamond alone returned and have it set by someone else.  

Cost and Other Considerations

Having your pet's ashes turned into diamonds is not cheap - cremation diamonds typically start at $5,000 a piece and go up from there, though special deals can be found from time to time.

This price is steep, but keep in mind that you are creating an object of true value. What's more, this is a wonderful way to immortalize your beloved pet and remind yourself of good times you had together.

One final note: though this article is about diamond cremation for dogs, one can of course create diamonds from the ashes of a deceased pet cat as well - not to mention a deceased human relative. Most diamond cremation services will create diamonds from any carbon you send in - some even allow to to create diamonds from yourself (don't worry - for these options, you need only send in a lock of hair).

I hope you have learned something new about creating memorials of loved pets. If you have chosen this option for a pet (or family member) and have something to say about it, please feel free to leave a comment below!

(P.S. I am SO going to have my remains turned into diamonds and given as creepy gifts for my surviving relatives)

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      Yosmary 4 years ago

      Perfectly fine if that's what you want. Diamond engagement rings only beacme popular in the last century before that it was often sapphires and other precious and semi-precious stones that were used since they were rarer than diamonds and therefore coveted. Semi-precious stones were used by less affluent families, and that's only AFTER wedding rings beacme popular.And there are a lot of people going away from diamonds and precious stones altogether because of the socio-economic price that the countries they're mined in have to pay (even if you avoid conflict diamonds, most stones come from mines owned by the same companies that mine in those countries).

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      Juan 4 years ago

      Engagement rings and wedding rings are dieffrent both in appearance and symbolism. Generally engagement rings are worn prior to marriage to signify one’s engaged status. The most common engagement rings are diamond solitaires, though engagement rings can be any color or choice of stone depending upon taste.Like wedding rings, engagement rings tend to be worn on the left hand ring finger. They are often purchased alone, or they may be sold as part of a set. When the person is married, the wedding ring portion of the set is added and tends to be worn below the engagement ring on the ring finger of the left hand.Wedding rings can also be sold separately from engagement rings and may be comparatively simple in design. Simple gold or platinum bands are still quite popular for both men and women. It’s a good idea to choose from engagement rings that will fit with a wedding band, or alternately to purchase a set if the ring has any designs that might make it incompatible with a simple band.Some wedding rings, especially in a set can also be quite elaborate. They may include diamonds or other stones that set off engagement rings beautifully. If engagement rings have peculiarities in shape and are not sold in a set, an alternative to purchasing a band that does not match is having one designed to fit with the engagement ring.Further, often engagement rings and wedding rings that are designed to go together may be welded in the back to reduce friction of the rings rubbing together. Friction will ultimately wear the rings down, particularly if they are 14 karat gold or higher. Most jewelry stores can perform this simple operation a few days before a marriage takes place so women do not have to be without their engagement rings for long.It is generally customary for women to wear engagement rings. There are male engagement rings but these are less common. Generally both new husband and wife will wear wedding rings. Unlike engagement rings, wedding rings are usually not worn until after a marriage has taken place. While a diamond solitaire on the left ring finger may indicate a lady’s engagement, a simple band worn on the left hand ring finger by either a man or a woman signifies that the person is married.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Hey Terry Mitchell! I recommend checking with one of the companies- they all have slightly different requirements and timeframes.

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      Terry Mitchell 5 years ago

      I would like to know about hair locks of my past pets, how ? is this done?

      Also if I survive my MOM I would like to have her on my finger foreever, she also has a 90 # dog she wishs to be with her at her cremation. Can I possibly get aprox. 1kt clear white diamond. and how much are we taking about? and long would this process take. I am very addment about this so please respond ASAP.

      Thank you,

      Terry Mitchell

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      im awesomer than you 6 years ago

      i first read about it in the encyclopedia of immaturaty and been obssessing about it ever since, im totally gonna do it!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Very true, Conor!

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      Conor 6 years ago

      This is actually becoming more common then what you would think. People can be cheap but not when it comes to their pets.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      YESSS!!!

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      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from North America

      OMG omg - send those relatives creepy poems with the diamonds too!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Daaaaw, so generous indeed! Gotta spread the fun around.

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 6 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      LOL! What a poor use of any possible inheritance that I might . .possibly make!

      They should cremate me, and scatter the ashes to the four corners of the Earth - cause I'm just generous like that.!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Absolutely 50! We should not deny that such speculation takes place... we should just make it more fun!

      And hahaa, Wesmann Todd Shaw- it's best to wait methinks, mostly because it'll take us a while to save up for 'em!

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 6 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Holy Smokes this is wild! Yes! I want to be a diamond too someday. . . .sadly, I'm a common chunk of coal.

      (no hurry, lads, let's let nature take it's course in my case)

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      50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

      Now this is fun as well as interesting, I need to look into the business of getting this done, it may keep all those happy that have already picked out the things that they get when "the old fool dies" that are to be given elsewhere for postmortem spite, ha ha, 50

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Well, those ashes shall be good for a while- maybe you'll be able to turn your dog's ashes into a diamond someday! And hey, you can at least do it for yourself. Hehehehehee- I know I want to do it for my ashes! Sparkly = awesome.

      And Stephanie- Oh man, wouldn't it be awesome/hilarious?

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      Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

      I do know people who would like to be cremated and turned into diamonds!

      I wonder if my kids would like to wear me as jewelry— "Mom is still watching you, are you feeling guilty about anything?"

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      Brenda Barnes 6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      I have my beloved dog's ashes from years ago. Wish I could afford to do this. But I may leave all my inheritance as "diamonds" too. lol

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      Simone Haruko Smith 7 years ago from San Francisco

      Hahaa, thanks! Yeah- I'm kinda excited about it. Makes dying something to look forward to!! Like.. one, brilliant, final practical joke to play on one's survivors... though now that I think of it, this will just be one of many :D

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      SilverGenes 7 years ago

      Oh my, you are on a roll! I can't stop laughing and love your final arrangements!