Swiss company turns your dead loved ones into diamonds
When a loved one passes, most keep their memory alive with pictures and by visiting burial sites, but some take it one step further, by turning the remains of a family member into a diamond.
Algordanza, a Swiss company, has taken a fascinating and unexpected approach to memorializing our loved ones who have passed; They will compress and super-heat your loved one’s cremated ashes and turn them into a man-made diamond that can be worn and cherished.
It all begins with a chemical process that extracts the carbon from the departed’s ashes. This carbon is then heated to convert it into graphite. That graphite is then heated to as many as 2,700 degrees Fehrenheit and subjected to forces as high as 870,000 pounds per square inch. The color of the finished diamond, which can range from white to dark blue, depends on the boron content of the ashes of the deceased. The prices begin at 4,259 Swiss Francs ($4,474 USD) for a small diamond with no additional service.
Swiss company Algordanza has been turning human cremation ashes into ‘memorial diamonds’ for a decade.
The unusual keepsakes are made at a temperature between 1,600 and 2,000 degrees, and have a starting price of £2,800.
After cremation, human ashes weigh around 2.5kg and carbon can be extracted from theses remains, which is then heated and turned into graphite.
The graphite is then heated and subjected to intense sustained pressure, which creates the diamond.
Although this practice takes place in 22 countries, including England, it is still considered a novelty in many places across the world.
The company uses around 500 grams of ash to create one diamond, and the remaining ashes are returned to the family in an urn.