Ashes to Diamonds: A Keepsake to Consider For your Departed Loved Ones

A cremation diamond ring as an everlasting tribute

The easiest way to overcome grief from the loss of a loved one is the assurance that their legacy will live on and the possibility of maintaining a physical connection while preserving the precious and profound memories you shared altogether. Over the years, expert vendors like LONITÉ with an existing branch in Buffalo, New York State have developed technology that converts the cremated ashes of your loved one into diamonds, allowing you to pay tribute to the life and achievements of your departed loved one.

Why transform the cremated ashes of your loved one into a diamond?

Cremation Diamonds are ecologically safer, unlike traditional cemetery burials that release toxins into our groundwaters, especially during tomb’s maintenance where 10% more carbon dioxide is produced in the long run. Cremation only releases gas once and stops as soon as the ceremony is over. The increase in the percentage of carbon dioxide in the air causes suffocation of living organisms, narcosis and global warming that threaten the existence of life on this planet.

Besides cremation diamonds, here are some other popular and ecologically safe burial alternatives:

  • Ashes into reefs: the ashes are mixed with cement and then deposited in coral reefs lying offshore and is a memorial which helps to support marine life.
  • Memorial tree: is a tree that you can grow thanks a to a planting system containing your loved one ashes.
  • Alkaline hydrolysis: is a chemical process that uses water and potassium hydroxide alkali solution chemically to heat the remains leaving some fragments of bones. When purified and dried, these tiny particles are the same as traditionally cremated ashes.

The increase in lack of burial space and rise in prices of the available traditional cemetery space have also become an issue. According to the 2015 BBC survey, the world is projected to run out of burial space completely in the next 20 years, a shortfall that has already started affecting major cities like New-York, Chicago and Miami among others around the planet. The average North American traditional cemetery funeral now costs between $7,000 and $10,000 whereas the national average cost of a cremation is of $1,650 according to the Cremation Association of North America. Prices of post-burial alternative cremation diamonds vary between $1,600 and can go up to $17,200 according to the size, cut and color selected.

How specialist companies can turn ashes or hair into diamonds in 2018

Cremation Diamonds: An HPHT Apparatus Technology 

About the cremation diamonds technology and production process: Cremation Diamonds are possible because of the carbon composition in the human body.  The hair or cremated ashes are analyzed to determine whether they contain enough carbon to be turned into a diamond, about 200g of ashes or 10g of hair are required. The carbon content of ashes differs from case to case and the total contained carbon may or may not be enough for the cremation diamond creation process.

The ashes are placed in a specialized crucible which is then heated to over 5000F to make sure every element except carbon oxidizes. The temperature is raised further so that the carbon can become graphite. The graphite with a metal catalyst and a diamond seed crystal are placed into the core. The core goes into a specialized diamond press capable of creating extreme tension which then starts working thus bringing the pressure to about 800,000 pounds/square inches. During the last stretch when the press is working, the temperature in the room stays about 2500F so that the ashes turned diamonds become solid resulting in rough crystals that are cut and polished into cremation diamonds.

Factors to consider when choosing a memorial diamond

A beautiful cremation diamond into a wedding ring

The color of the cremation diamond. The Naturally amber color of cremation diamonds comes from the life element Nitrogen that makes up 3% of the human body whereas the color blue comes from the boron content. Purely Colorless diamonds are created by removing nitrogen and boron from the carbon prior to making a cremation diamond from the ashes.

Carat, cut and size. Diamonds are measured in carat (ct). One carat equals to 0.2 g (200 mg; 0.007055 oz) thus sizes of the memorial diamonds range from 0.25ct to 1.00ct. This affects the price of the finished diamond and the period it takes to be formed. You can also chose to have your diamond unpolished and darker with a natural feel or opt for a polished one with a cut of your preference i.e. Princess, Radiant, Asscher, Emerald, Heart and Brilliant which is the most popular cut style in the United States.

Setting to frame your diamond. Adding a frame to your memorial diamond gives it a new outlook that celebrates the personality of your lost loved one. Any type of jewelry can be made depending on the metal of your choice such as gold, silver and platinum from the vendor that created the cremation diamond or an independent establishment. The most popular choices are pendants, rings and earrings.

Grading and certification. Cremation Diamonds manufacturers deliver your diamond with both a certification of origin and a process analysis report documenting and proving scientifically that your memorial diamond originates from the ashes of your loved one. The production records, laboratory data, chemical analysis and physical factors can be re-verified and validated by any independent certification and quality control institute like the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) or the International Gemological Institute (IGI).

You can’t attach a monetary value to how special your loved one is or the memories you hold of them. However, a cremation diamond is the simplest eternal tribute that helps you celebrate the unique character and personality of your departed loved one.

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