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Making A Diamond From A Corpse, Turning Dead Relatives And People Into A Valuable Commodity, Memorial Diamonds

Updated on March 17, 2012
Grandma Diamond
Grandma Diamond

Making Memorial Diamonds From Dead People.

Diamonds are forever, so why not wear the dearly departed around your neck as a spectacular going away gift. Wear Grandad on your finger as a diamond set in a perfect band of gold, or be totally different and use your Grandmother as an ornate belly button piercing jewel.

Forget the fuss and expense of traditional burials, and turn dead relatives into useful and glamorous bling accessories. Maybe Great Grandma never looked so good. Perhaps turning both deceased parents into a diamond set of earrings takes your fancy. This ghoulish trend is taking off as more and more people add to their bling as their family numbers diminish.

Diamond Geezer

Giving a new meaning to the East End London slang term of 'diamond geezer, a Berlin funeral director is offering relatives this unique opportunity to produce memorial jewels from the ashes of the deceased. Rene Andree is the youngest German funeral director at the age of 24, and he has some disturbing yet interesting views on how to 'dispose' of the dead without himself requiring psychological evaluations.

Meeting the parents of a new girlfriend could be an awkward moment unless they have been turned into memorial diamonds. The conversation could simply be 'Hello meet the parents, that is my dad on my left ear and mum on my right'. Asking a girl to marry you could also have a ghoulish tone by adding that the ring being presented to her was not in fact owned by his great grandmother, but is the great grandmother herself.

The chemically pure diamonds are a creation of Russian and Amercian scientists who seem to have little else to do now that the cold war and the space race are over. The finished gemstone is just as valuable as a traditional diamond of the same size and weight.

The Diamond

It is the same as with real diamonds, there are no two stones alike and sizes usually range between 0.25 carats to 1.00 carat. The cost of transforming a corpse into a work of art is between $4000 to $9000, which is the average cost of any cheap funerals.

The colors of each diamond also varies from deep blue to a very light blue, depending on the chemical composition of the ashes. A persons lifestyle, eating habits, smoking, drinking, and other instances such as whether or not the person was a meat eater, all has an effect on the final out come of the colouring of the stone. Vegetarians and non smokers gemstones are usually a lighter colour.

One lady in Germany who is having her Grandmother burnt and compressed into a shining jewel admitted that her relative deserved to be not just in her heart, but on it. She is having a luxury pendent made up so that her Grand Mother can always be worn around her neck. Possibly macabre, this idea is gathering momentum as graveyard plots become more expensive, funerals costs escalate, and who knows what the pawn shops would think when a person tries to cash in on their dead family.

Memorial Diamonds

The memorial diamond, is the phrase associated with turning corpses into diamonds. There are two leading companies whom offer this service one is LifeGem in America, and the other is Algordanza in Sweden. The American company offer to mix other substances into the ash mixture to alter the colour and size of the gemstone, whilst the Swedish company will only use the natural ashes to form the gemstone.

How it Works

The carbon retained inside the human ashes are captured and then heated to extensive temperatures to transform the ashes into graphite. The graphite is then pressed into a diamond, quite simple really. There are also opportunities to create diamonds from larger deceased pets such as dogs and cats.

Burials in crypts and graveyards were replaced by cremations, and now cremations can be replaced by gemstones. Is this the future for the dead people of the planet? Other ideas for giving the dead a good send off includes fireworks. Experiments are underway to ensure that rocket fireworks disintegrate the ashes of the deceased when they are fired into the air. At the moment, the ashes simply float back to Earth and cover the staring faces of the mourners.

Most regular funeral homes and parlours do not offer this service, but they possible know of a man who can. Many places where memorial gems or diamonds are created have a long list of living people who wish to become diamonds when they have passed away.

On the flip side of the coin, will there be a sudden increase in the number of missing people mirrored by the amount of memorial stones created ? For some gangsters in certain countries this may be a profitable conclusion to ridding them of 'problems' and is somewhat more provocative than pig farming.

Would You Consider Turning Your Dead Family Into Gemstones ?

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    • tlpoague profile image

      Tammy 5 years ago from USA

      Wow! I am speachless...I have never heard of this before and just had to share it with my friends and family to see what they thought. Thanks for posting it.

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      YvetteParker 5 years ago from AUGUSTA, GA

      I can see how this would be appealing to many. I would not want to do it. I just hope we don't begin to see relatives mysteriously disappearing and reapperaing as diamonds at the Cash For Gold places!!! lol

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      Marvin Parke 5 years ago from Jamaica

      Gonna put this in my will. I would not wear such a diamond. On the other hand, I wouldn't mind it the other way around because I wont be here. Pretty crazy concept.

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      Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

      This is very interesting.

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      Kidgas 5 years ago from Indianapolis

      I probably would not do this myself, but it is a very intriguing idea. There are websites that will allow you to do this with a pet as well.

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      L.L. Woodard 5 years ago from Oklahoma City

      Most interesting! I am on the fence as to how I feel about the practice. My first reaction was "ewwww," but really, is this practice ghoulish or more a tribute of love?

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