A year ago, the Ukrainian company Urmydiamond hit the headlines all over the world thanks to its new proposal to turn deceased loved ones – family members or pets – into sparkling “memorial diamonds”. To be honest, I think this is a risky idea. What if a thief does away with me – or someday I will go to an auction and just become just another synthetic gem in someone else’s bank box.
However, memorial diamonds are already a thing. Whether they will cause a whole new jewelry trend is still unknown, but in recent years there have been many laboratories for the conversion from ash to gem. Each year, ash samples from 800-900 cremations go to the Algordanza laboratory, which are subsequently returned to the sender in the form of sparkling precious stones, which allows the dead to preserve the memory of their loved ones and to feel that they are still present among us.
How does it work
It has long been known that diamonds can be artificially created by imitating the natural processes of nature. Indeed, the first successful attempt to create the so-called synthetic diamond was made back in 1940. In nature, the process of making diamonds occurs about 200 km below the earth’s crust, where carbon is converted into diamonds with constant heating and pressure. over 3 million years. Laboratory production of diamonds accelerates this process up to 70-120 days. The larger the stone, the longer it takes. Almost enough purified carbon can be extracted from one cremated person to synthesize up to 50 diamonds weighing one carat (200 mg) each – or up to 100 smaller gems – while allowing the family to store the remaining ash. The process involves exposing the carbon to constant pressures of 5.0-6.
You will never forget the promises of Algordanza, which in addition to turning you into a diamond, also offer faceting and laser engraving after transformation at prices ranging from 4,000 to 18,000 US dollars. Regardless of whether you decide on the color, size or cut of a diamond made entirely from parts of your loved one (for example, your mother-in-law), or whimsically plan your own posthumous transformation into a family heirloom – then your choice of color will include white, orange, yellow, blue and red. Surprisingly, the default color of your diamond is blue, as the human body contains a good indicator of boron content, which is a chemical element completely produced by supernovae and the fission of cosmic rays. How to do
- Choose a laboratory
- Choose size, color and cut
- Select the jewelry you want to insert into (optional)
- Find someone ready to take your ashes to the lab
- Wait for the transformation to take place
- Now you’re a diamond