When a loved one or family members passes from this life, it can be a sad time for those that remain. Finding ways to cope with the loss can be difficult. Even long after the funeral, many will struggle to understand and manage their grief as they try to get back to their regular daily routine. However, according to a swiss website Lonite many grieving relatives and significant others are turning to a new way to honor the memory of their loved ones—memorial diamonds.
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Why Many Are Choosing This Route
Trying to forget about your loved one is challenging and is part of the reason why families will plan annual memorials to remember and celebrate the life of a husband, wife, mother, father, daughter, son, or friend. Memorials include visiting the grave site or having an urn displayed on a mantle. But what if you could wear the remains of your deceased loved one?
For some the concept, might seem creepy, but it is far from it. Turning ashes into diamonds can be an excellent way to remember those that have passed on. Memorial diamonds keep your love one always close and are not prone to the accidents common with urns.
In fact, the incident that piqued my interest in memorial diamonds happened some time ago. I’d bumped into someone at the airport and after striking up a conversation I complemented her on her diamond necklace. It was only afterwards that she told me that she’d had the diamond made from her son’s remains. Though our conversation ended abruptly after we boarded separate planes, the conversation stayed with me and after doing some research and hearing of other stories like hers it developed into an even deeper interest.
Is Turning Ashes into Diamonds a New Trend?
The technology behind turning ashes into diamonds is not new. In fact, the concept has been around for some time but was re-introduced to the cremation jewelry market in the early 1990’s. The necessary existence of some form of remembrance of a loved one, such as a portion of cremation ashes, a lock of hair, or perhaps earth from the gravesite can act as a reminder that the loved one will constantly be with us in spirit, if not in our hearts.
While the cremation fashion jewelry line has broadened significantly for many years, one innovation is capturing the attention of many. As such, the ashes to diamonds market is in a rapid growth phase. Many suspect that as awareness of the service grows the industry will continue to expand.
The Process of Converting Ashes into Diamonds
This special procedure begins when the collection of the ashes of the loved one. The carbon present in the ash is the primary element used to create the ash diamond. When the ashes are collected, and the carbon harvested, the remains are heated to extreme temperature levels to transform the carbon into a refined graphite, which is also critical to the diamond creation process. The graphite is then finally put in a unique chamber that recreates two important forces in nature, essential to developing a diamond: heat and pressure.
During this process, the remains of your family or friend are managed with excellent care, and are positioned in special containers that are each marked to make for easy identification. When the rough diamond emerges from the chamber, a knowledgeable diamond cutter facets the diamond into the style of your preference, and a gemologist certifies the grade of the diamond. The outcome is a lovely stone with all the radiance, hardness, and other attributes as any diamond discovered in nature.
As mentioned above, you can find comfort in having a part of your loved one memorialize and be close to you always. A well-crafted diamond makes for an unforgettable and durable way of remembering your family or friend for a long time to come. They also make for excellent family air looms as they can be passed down from one generation to the other.