In a unique solution to where to put the ashes of a cremated loved one, some people are opting to wear them — as diamonds.
According to NPR, ten years ago Rinaldo Willy of Switzerland was reading about how to make diamonds from ashes when he realized any ashes would do – even those of a human. Today his company, Algordanza Memorial Diamonds, is one of at least two that turns people into gems by taking their remains and compressing them at very high heat.
Most of the diamonds are blue because our bodies contain trace amounts of boron. However, some of the jewels occasionally come out white, yellow or almost black.
Click here to listen to Willy explain about this color curiosity, outline the process used to make the diamonds and describe what people do with them.
Below are a few promotional videos from Algordanza and another diamonds-from-the-dead company, U.S. based LifeGem.
Memorial Diamonds made of human cremation ashes.
A wonderful and eternal connection between you and your loved ones. Called the third way of burial. Cremation Diamonds
Inside Edition features LifeGem and their first client. A LifeGem is a certified high quality diamond created from the carbon or lock of hair of a loved one as a memorial to their unique life.