It is usually a painful experience when your loved one passes on and all you are left with are memories you shared when they were with you. However, that is set to change, thanks to new technological advancements that allow you to have human ashes turned into diamonds. People will now be able to own diamonds made from the ash remains of their loved ones. The diamonds may also be used to make rings, pendants, and even chains.
The diamonds are a product of a Swiss company named Algordanza, which takes ashes from cremated human remains and through a series of processes, turns them into diamonds. The processes mimic the high pressures and temperatures found deep within the Earth, which convert carbon into diamonds.
The company’s CEO, who is also its founder Rinaldo Willy, said that the idea to convert human ashes into diamonds came to him a few years ago, and since then, his customer base has grown and spread into 24 countries. Each year he receives an average of about 800 to 900 human remains, which his company converts into diamonds that can be stored in a box or used in making jewelry.
However, most of the diamonds that come out are blue in color, which he attributes to the fact that human remain have traces of Boron. Boron is one of the a trace element in the body used in bone formation. Other few times, the diamonds come out close to black, yellow, or even white. He is yet to establish why that is the case, but overall, he says that each diamond that comes out is unique as the person whose human ashes they used.
While most of the requested for remains to be turned into diamonds come from people that have recently lost their loved ones, there are a few who make their own arrangements to have their own remains turned into diamonds. He added that a good fraction of his customers come from Japan, forming about 25% of his client base.
The overall cost of turning human remains in the diamonds comes to between $5,000 and $22,000, which is equivalent to what it costs to conduct some funerals. The machinery and process used to do the job are the same as those for making synthetic diamonds using carbon from other materials.
First, the human ashes are reduced into carbon, and then the carbon is subjected to intense heat and pressure for several weeks. The process accomplishes in weeks what nature takes millions of years to accomplish.
Willy says the longer the process is allowed to go on, the bigger the diamonds that will come out. Once the process is stopped and the diamond cools, the new diamond is ground before being cut into shape. Other times it is engraved with a laser according to the customer’s specifications.
While Algordanza may be leading the way to give humans remains an afterlife, other companies such as the LifeGem in the US also offer the same service. Similarly, several people in the U.S. have filed patents for the same process.
Overall, Willy says that almost every time the human ashes of person who had blue eyes are turned into diamonds, the diamonds come out blue. He cannot explain why that is the case, but it is what he observes. He delivers the diamonds in person to all his Swiss customers, and says they are always happy, and feel their loved one returned home in sparkling form.