|Memorial Diamonds by Algordanza|
Most diamonds have a bluish color because the human body contains traces of the chemical element boron. Sometimes, though, a diamond comes out as white, yellow, or even black.
Memorial diamonds are produced from hair or ashes, with other carbon ("lab carbon") added as necessary.
The human body is 18% carbon. 2% of this carbon remains after cremation, and it is this carbon uses to make their diamonds
How Do Human Ashes Turn To Diamonds?
Memorial Diamond creation process are:
- A chemical agent is used to extract carbon from the individual's cremated remains.
- The carbon is heated to high temperatures to convert it to graphite.
- The graphite is placed on a machine that mimics the high heat and pressure of the Earth's upper mantle, where natural diamonds form. The graphite material is compressed and heated (at 2,500°F) for weeks or months — hundreds of millions of years faster than the rate at which diamonds are produced in nature.
- A human diamond is formed! Once it cools, the client can have it ground and cut to shape, or even engraved with a laser.
The process costs between $5,000 and $22,000, depending on the diamond's size. Once diamonds have been cut, clients can pay to place them in almost any setting: rings, pendants, earrings, etc.