Cremation Ash Diamonds

By: on February 10, 2012
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From ashes to ashes...to bedazzled ashes. Gone are the days of keeping the deceased in our hearts. In their place? Keeping the deceased around our fingers, atop our wrists, or dangling from our necks. LifeGem diamonds are manmade jewels molecularly identical to their natural counterparts, and created by extracting carbon from the cremated remains of anyone who was precious to you. With about 8 ounces of ash, the company's technology can extract and purify enough carbon to transfer into its gem presses--massive containers designed to replicate the heat and extreme pressure exerted on the same elements in deep earth. The variables of these forces cause the carbon compounds to break into individual atoms, which in turn crystallize into a rough stone form. The longer they're in the press, the larger the resultant uncut stone. Once the transition is complete, the diamond is ready for cutting and setting to the wearer's specifications. The effect of a cremation ash diamond is equal to that of a naturally occurring diamond--it has the same hardness, brilliance, fire, and luster. Its personal meaning and significance, however, will redefine your interpretation of a precious gem.

LifeGem will also forge diamonds from a loved one's lock of hair, or a baby's umbilical cord, though the latter is not done very often because it is A) gross and B) not an option for all of the cultures who like to make dinner, not diamonds, out of after-birth by-products. It is also possible to create a piece of jewelry from non-human ash. Australian shepherds who ate a pile of rocks, 23-year-old feline life partners who finally kicked it, vampire soulmates you just accidentally impaled on your bedpost....

Diamonds are available in a range of sizes and colors, including clear, yellow, blue, red, and green. LifeGem also provides ring and pendant settings. Please note that LifeGem is very happy to put a price on a life, and that those prices start at around $2,500 for a 0.1 to 0.19 carat diamond, not including the setting. So best to consult your financial planner before committing to forever removing the "gone" from the phrase "dead and gone".

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