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Turning a Loved One’s Ashes into Diamonds

The funeral is over. You’ve written thank you notes to those who sent peace lilies and casseroles. Maybe you’ve even decided what to do with some of your loved one’s possessions.

But you still have a difficult decision to make – deciding what to do with your loved one’s cremated remains.

One option to consider is to use a portion of the ashes to create a family heirloom. There are companies that specialize in this. Eterneva, LifeGem, Algordanza and others have all developed techniques to make diamonds out of cremation ashes.

Let’s discuss cremation diamonds. First, we’ll give you a general overview of how the process works and then answer FAQs about turning ashes into diamonds.

Diamonds from Ashes: How does it work?

Cremation diamonds (or memorial diamonds) are made from the carbon taken from cremated remains (or hair) of the deceased.

Cremation diamond companies, such as Eterneva, have developed a method to mimic the way diamonds are formed in nature – with extreme pressure and heat. The process uses about a ½ cup (or less) of cremation ashes. The result is a diamond with the same appearance, chemical makeup, and properties as naturally-made diamonds.

Once the transformation has been completed, you’ll receive a beautiful diamond in the cut, clarity, carat, and color that you specified.

Cremation Diamonds: Are they real?

Yes, cremation diamonds are real diamonds. Every diamond in existence is formed from carbon. Cremation diamonds are formed explicitly from the carbon in your loved one’s remains.

Your memorial diamond will look the same as one that you purchased from your favorite jeweler. Only, you’ll know that the beautiful piece of jewelry you wear is much more precious than one you could buy at a store.

Ashes into Diamonds: How much does it cost?

The price of a memorial diamond depends on the color and the carat (or size). Expect a cremation diamond to start at around $3,000. Less expensive ones are available. Most people spend around $8,500.

As you consider the amount appropriate to spend for a family heirloom, think about the costs of a typical burial. The amount you pay to turn ashes into diamonds may be less than what you would have spent on a casket and cemetery plot.

Ashes to Diamonds: How long does it take?

It takes 7 to 10 months to create a memorial diamond. We know this seems like a long time to wait, but the result is a thing of beauty that will last forever. Your children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren will enjoy this diamond for years to come.

Memorial Diamonds: Can I use my pet’s cremated remains?

Yes, you can use the cremated remains of your pet to create cremation diamonds. The process and the price are the same. This would be a lovely way to commemorate the life of a treasured pet.

Cremation Diamonds: Is it for you?

We know how difficult it is to make decisions after a loved one dies, and your family members may be offering their opinions on what to do with your loved one’s remains.

However, it’s important to remember that you only need a small amount of cremation ashes to grow a diamond. The rest of the cremated remains can be placed in a columbarium niche, scattered in a significant place, or used to create a vinyl record or piece of glass artwork.

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