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From human ashes to a diamond

Real diamonds and not Artificial Diamonds – Treasure your loved ones forever.

Diamonds are supposed to be a girl’s best friend. Now, they might also be her mother, father or grandmother. I mentioned very briefly in my previous blog how human ashes are being converted to diamonds. We received loads of queries regarding this, so I thought maybe its time to elaborate on this.

These are not artificial diamonds however.

These synthetic diamonds, (not artificial diamonds) or “human diamonds” are known as memorial diamonds are created from human ash after cremation. The process is being conducted all over the world, from Chicago to Switzerland. Algordanza, a Swiss company, has taken a fascinating and unexpected approach to memorializing our loved ones who have passed.

Rinaldo Willy, the company’s founder and CEO, says he came up with the idea a decade ago. Since then, his customer base has expanded to 24 countries.

Most of the orders Algordanza receives come from relatives of the recently deceased, though some people make arrangements for themselves to become diamonds once they’ve died. Willy says about 25 percent of his customers are from Japan.

Each time, he says, the family is happy that their loved one has, in a sense, returned home. And in sparkling form to boot.

Turning ashes into diamonds is very straightforward. The carbon is extracted from the deceased ashes and is then treated under very high temperature and pressure conditions, which eventually results in man made diamonds – the color and the size depends on the chemical composition of the carbon found in the ashes and of course, the price the family is willing to pay. It only takes about a pound of ashes to make a single diamond, Willy says. Algordanza has created up to nine diamonds from one individual’s ashes.

These man made diamonds (not artificial diamonds) have no resale value.

Most of the diamonds that come out of this process is blue in color, however, the relatives can also choose the color from yellow, pink brown or blue. Many choose to wear these diamonds as a solitaire jewellery (real and not artificial jewelry) or store it in their jewellery box forever. They plan to pass this down from one generation to the other hoping to create a strong line of lineage and tradition. However, these gems do not have any resale value. Not because these are thought be artificial diamonds or american diamonds, but simply because who want the soul of anybody else in their vicinity.

The price ranges from Rs 1.5 lakhs to 10 lakhs, with no additional services. This does not sound very bad, does it? Your loved one will always closed to you at this cost.

According to the New York Post, Algordanza produces around 850 Memorial Diamonds each year. People have amazingly paid a handsome sum of anywhere from $10,000 to $32,000 for these deadly diamonds in the US.

However, till date, the companies have not been able to prove that the diamonds were made with the deceased ashes, and thus is process is still very controversial. But in case this interests you, you might decide to be a diamond after your death. I might J

It may sound like something from a sci-fi film, but these so-called ‘cremorials’ — tributes made from cremated ashes — are becoming ever more common.

Not just diamonds, people are also using the ashes to be mixed with paint, and converted into a painting forever. Now is this bizarre or is this bizarre?

For more questions, you can always contact me at sneha@sneharateria.com or visit our Facebook page and Instagram page.

XOXO, Sneha

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