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.
Memorial Diamonds are also imperishable heirlooms which can be transmitted down for generations.
Upon request, Algordanza can produce up to four smaller-sized family diamonds from the cremation ashes of a deceased person in one growing process. This allows several family members to have a personal connection to the deceased, no matter where they might be located.
Algordanza is always willing to fulfill individual special requests such as larger carat weights or exotic cuts. For example, stones in oval or heart-shaped designs.
Even though the production of high-quality cultured diamonds from industrial carbons has been possible since the 1960s, the process still is highly complex and difficult.
Prospecting for fine natural diamonds is far easier – and cheaper. All diamonds are created in a process of crystal synthesis. To culture a diamond in a laboratory requires the replication of very high pressure and very high temperature conditions which exist in the earth’s interior.
The idea of filtering out carbon from human cremation ashes and creating a diamond from this carbon is as unique as it is difficult.
The human body is 18% carbon. 2% of this carbon remains after cremation, and it is this carbon that Algordanza uses to make their diamonds.