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Diamonds made from ashes

Updated on August 22, 2016

Cremation, burial or diamond ring?


A diamond is forever" is the well known slogan from DeBeers, the most prominent diamond producer of the world. The slogan can be interpreted in different ways. From a romantic point of view, it can symbolize the bond between two enamored couples granting their love will last forever. From a less romantic viewpoint of view, the slogan can symbolize and depict the qualities of resistance and hardness of a diamond rock itself.

However, nowadays, a third interpretation may be added to the list. "A diamond is forever" may be interpreted as of life not ending once death takes over. This new spiritual meaning can be added today, thanks to an innovative and yet not too well known, technique of producing diamonds from ashes or other human remains.

The technique takes place from using the carbon derived from a loved one. This carbon is found in the ashes following cremation. However, the carbon can be extracted as well from a lock of hair should the deceased one have opted for burial.

The carbon is then exposed to extremely high temperatures converting from carbon to graphite. The graphite is then secured in a crucible to withstand temperature up to 3000 degrees. Each crucible is provided with a unique ID number. After ward, the graphite is placed in a diamond press to mimic the earthly forces of heat and pressure. Here the graphite is broken down to atoms that strongly crystallize together. Finally, a diamond is born.

The diamond's molecular structures even though they are created in a laboratory, are ultimately the same as the ones created by the earthly forces of nature.

After crystallization, the diamonds facets are shaped by a professional diamond cutter according to your wishes. The diamond is then finally inspected, graded and certified authentic by professional gemologists trained by GIA (Gemological Institute of America). At this point the diamond is ready to be shipped or delivered.

Diamonds produced will range from 0.20 carats to 1.5 carats. A diamond of this type has different costs. It depends on the size, carats, and color. Usually they range between $3000.00 to $18,000.00 dollars. A diamond of this type usually takes about 6 to 9 months to be completed depending on the color requested.

Diamonds made from ashes can provide a lifetime of memories. Even diamonds out of pet remains, deceased historic people of the past or live people can be made.

One of the most beautiful and stunning aspects of these diamonds is that no diamond is created equal to another, just as people are different, they tend to develop different shades of color due to the variations of the carbon composition.

A diamond is truly forever especially when it comes to celebrating the life of a loved one and rejoicing the many fond memories of a lifetime, beneath and beyond the passage of time...

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      I was thinking of having one made with my cat's ashes or fur, but the costs are prohibitive!

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      CMHypno 6 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Interesting hub on making diamonds from ashes - although I think that it depends on how the relatives and loved ones feel about it