Human remains can be made into diamonds
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Making diamonds from human remains
Written by one Ramy Inocencio of CNN is a current business that is quite weird and interesting to me. It’s about converting human remains into diamonds. Yes, the entire body of a dead person, no exception, male or female, can be fashioned into diamond, a precious stone that excels in brilliancy and wonderful play of prismatic colors.
Thus with Inocencio’s permission, I took up the matter to inform people of this rare technology for their information and guidance. His article began with the poignant story of a mother Mrs. Eva Wu and her son, Cornald who succumbed to cancer at an early age of 17. A loving and devoted mother, Mrs. Wu reminisced his dying hours.
“…He said Mommy, I know what’s going on. I’m not afraid of dying. I know where I’m going to. I have Jesus in my heart so don’t worry about me”.
She wanted him close to her even in death so she decided to have his ashes turned into a diamond. Keeping the diamond in her cross necklace, Mrs Wu says she felt his presence 100% always. She says she's always reminded of his gentle and smiling face.
The comfort that is being enjoyed nowadays by the widow Mrs. Wu and a lot of others emanates from an enterprising Hong Kong firm Algordanza, which has pioneered into the weird industry of manufacturing human ashes into diamonds since 2008, according to Algordanza’s local director Scott Fong.
The name Algordanza means remembrance. Its headquarters is located in Switzerland. Having a solid background in engineering, Fong realized that the service of converting human ashes into diamonds would have a great demand some day. He perceived this urgent need after the burial of his mother’s aunt in 2007. He discovered Hong Kong’s services for the departed crude and few elected the burial method.
Fong narrates the process. Algordanza ships grams of cremated remains to its plant in Switzerland. Then in its lab the carbon from the ashes are made to pass a filter to more than 99% grade then refined into black graphite. The elements are subjected then to a maximum pressure and temperature compared to that of an exploding volcano by a machine for 9 solid hours, after which a bluish synthetic diamond comes to life.
According to Mr. Fong, the biggest diamond that Algordanza produces out of human ashes is 2-carat which sells about $37 thousand. A quarter-carat sells for about $3 thousand.
Human-ash or remembrance diamond’s prices compete with Hong Kong ordinary mode of burials, which cost from $2 thousand to $200 thousand, per data provided by Hong Kong’s Food and Environmental Hygiene Department.
Finding a space for burial in Hong Kong is a problem and the living finds prices of cemetery lots and interment too exorbitant, besides a body is allowed to stay buried only for a maximum of 6 years, then dug up and cremated.
Algordanza’s income has doubled since its birth in 2008, Mr. Fong said. However Chinese beliefs run counter to the idea of doing business with the dead. Even his father was greatly opposed to have him start the business. Finally, Fong’s father, Bill embraced the proposal upon realizing that the family’s tradition of visiting the tombs of the departed relatives would be forgotten in the long run.
Bill died caused by liver cancer. His mortal remains was cremated and fashioned into a diamond then shared among his 4 living children who are stationed in distant lands, Mr. Fong said.
Coming back to Mrs. Wu, decision from her family to cremate Cornald’s remains and manufacture it into a diamond was slow in coming. They knew her close intimacy to her son Cornald. They believed it was a good way to make her happy and comfortable. So they consented.
Mrs. Wu believes not everyone will conform with what she did with her son’s remains, but contented with the thought that her son’s ashes turned diamond and safely kept in the cross necklace which she wears will forever reminds her of him.