Immortalizing Your Loved One
in a Memorial Diamond
As the cremation rate continues
to rise, and people continue to seek out new and personalized unique services
to mark their passing, memorial diamonds are gaining popularity.
So what is a Memorial
A memorial diamond is an
artificially created diamond made using the carbon DNA extracted from the
cremated remains of a human being. The natural crystal synthesis
that produces diamonds in nature is simply replicated in a laboratory with
increased speed. For some time it has been possible to manufacture
diamonds for use in industry, and this process has been greatly refined
in order to be able to create totally pure diamonds from the carbon element
in a human being.
You may remember the story
of the memorial diamond made from a lock of Michael Jackson’s hair, which
was facilitated by extracting the carbon in his DNA; or the ‘Jessica Diamond’,
the first diamond made from the carbon DNA in a human umbilical cord.
A memorial diamond may also
be referred to as a cremation diamond, memorial gem, man-made diamond,
memory diamond, celebration diamond, created diamond, cultured diamond,
or lab diamond.
A diamond created from the
DNA in cremated remains is a unique way to immortalize the memory of a
loved one that has passed, and establish a family heirloom that can transgress
It is extremely distressing
to lose someone you love, be it a lover, spouse, best friend or close family
pet, and interring or scattering ashes can often seem to leave behind little
in terms of a memorial legacy. As our death ritual customs
and culture changes, creating memorial diamonds may prove a new and creative
way to create an everlasting memorial that is not fixed in space or time.
Imagine possessing such a special diamond that serves as a personal and
everlasting tribute to the one that you loved that can be kept close to
you at all times, and is a beautiful, sparkling reminder of their life
How is a Memorial Diamond
When a human is cremated
about 2 kg of ashes are generated. Approximately 500 grams is required
for the process of diamond growing. In the laboratory the ashes are
analyzed and the carbon extracted, the carbon then forms the basis for
the synthesis process. In nature diamonds are produced over a millennia
of time using carbon, pressure and temperature. In the laboratory
this process is scientifically replicated and the carbon from ashes is
transformed into graphite. The synthesis process creates a rough
diamond crystal, which is then cut and polished into a beautiful diamond
Memorial diamonds are much
more environmentally kind, requiring no extensive mining operations, but
instead being naturally produced in specially designed laboratories.
In this way you can own a beautiful diamond with the knowledge that no
exploitation or extensive human labor has occurred to bring this diamond
to you. It truly is a unique and lasting memorial treasure!
Each diamond is totally unique and solely generated from the cremated remains
handed over with absolutely NO additives or admixtures.
How long does it take
to make a Memorial Diamond?
In general the process takes
about 3 months, however, as it is a highly complex process it can sometimes
take longer. It may also depend upon the cut of diamond you have
chosen and whether you are having the cremation diamond set into a piece
Does the person have
to be recently cremated in order to create a Memorial Diamond from their
No. It is simply a
process of extracting carbon from the cremated remains, and it does not
matter if these ashes have been kept in an urn or container for some time,
Can more than one Memorial
Diamond be created from one person's ashes?
Yes. As about 500 grams
of ashes are needed for the process, and on average the cremation of an
adult generates 2 kg of ashes, you should be able to create 4 diamonds
from someone's cremated remains.
Why are Memorial Diamonds
Since ancient times diamonds
have been considered precious jewels that symbolize everlasting love and
remembrance. Through the ages unique diamonds have been harvested
from the earth, created into extraordinary jewels, gifted as an expression
of love and coveted by those who desire great treasures!
A memorial diamond is special
in that it can offer everything that a natural diamond can, but it is a
totally unique and personalized gem.
A memorial diamond can become
a revered family heirloom that can have more symbolism that just a purchased
All memorial and cremation
diamonds come with a special certificate that qualifies the uniqueness
of the diamond. The diamond can even be personally engraved by micro
How much do Memorial
Prices for a memorial gemstone
do vary, but you can expect to pay anything from around $3,000. Obviously
the greater the carat size, the more intricate the cut, having the diamond
set into a ring or pendant setting, adds to the base cost.
How do I find a reputable
cremation diamond manufacturer?
There are really only a small
number of companies that have the technology and can produce memorial diamonds.
In the United States, there are companies such as LifeGem, MyMemorialDiamond
(Algordanza), DNA2Diamonds. There is a company based in the United
Kingdom known as Phoenix Diamonds. Algordanza (which is an old Romanic
expression meaning “remembrance”) is based in Switzerland and currently
offers memorial diamonds in 20 countries around the world.
Many funeral homes and mortuaries
now work as agents for the memorial diamond companies and will be able
to offer you the opportunity to have a memorial diamond created as part
of their services.
How do I decide upon
the type of Memorial Diamond I want?
The companies that offer
memorial diamonds have extensive information on their web sites, and will
happily send you out a brochure, so that you can look at the different
options for carat, cut and color of your diamond.
A diamond is typically
measured according to the four Cs:
Once generated, your human jewel
can be personally engraved by the process of laser inscription, and if
desired, mounted into a setting to create a stunning item of personal jewelry.
Cut – this refers to the shape
of the diamond, and the facets of a diamond are cut to best enhance the
reflection of the light and create the optimum sparkle.
Carat – this refers to the diamond's
Color – diamonds can be measured
by their grade of color.
Clarity – this refers to the
number of inclusions in the diamond, which affect its transparency.
The certificate of authenticity
and quality control that accompanies each memorial diamond produced qualifies
the origin of the diamond from the DNA and the cut, color, clarity and
carat of the diamond.
||Expert Author: Sara
Sara is the Editor in Chief
for US Funerals Online and has been researching and writing about the death
care industry in the US for the last 5 years.