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Cremation Diamonds: Here’s What You Need To Know

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Cremation Diamonds: Here’s What You Need To Know

Some say a diamond is forever. Thanks to cremation diamonds – a new memorial option that has arisen in the 21st century – memories of loved ones who have died can achieve the same longevity.

Also known as memorial diamonds, these jewels are made from the cremated remains. If you're considering this option for yourself or a loved one, here's what you need to know.

How Are They Made?

The diamonds are made by the same process used to generate synthetic diamonds for industry. However, they are indistinguishable to the naked eye from naturally occurring diamonds.

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The memorial diamond process begins when carbon is extracted from cremated remains (often, it will be combined with another source of carbon – usually graphite.) The material is then subjected to intense heat and pressure, similar to the forces that create diamonds in nature. The size of the diamond is affected more by the amount of time spent in the press than the amount of material used.

What Do They Look Like?

Cremation diamonds are initially rough but can be cut into traditional gemstone shapes. When it comes to color, there are many influencing factors: Trace metals and other elements can affect the hue of the stone, and if the deceased had artificial joints or plates, or underwent chemotherapy, the color may be altered. Some companies offer to color the stones through artificial means if a certain hue is desired. Once the diamond is cut, it can be set into jewelry.

How Will I Wear It?

Diamonds are portable and enduring, and they are objects that provide value and symbolize love. For some people, the ability to wear a small part of their loved ones in their day-to-day lives provides comfort. Also comforting is knowing that the jewelry can be handed down as an heirloom or keepsake. For others, however, the appeal may lie simply in the novelty of an offbeat memorial stored in a unique place.

How Much Will It Cost?

Memorial diamonds are usually a bit more expensive than market-priced diamonds. Prices start around $3,000, and a larger stone will cost more. However, a memorial diamond shouldn't be thought of as a financial investment; it's a sentimental investment.

What Else Should I Know?

Creating a memorial diamond doesn't mean you'll miss out on other memorialization options. The process to create them only involves a small amount of a loved one's cremated remains, so you can still honor loved ones by scattering their ashes in a meaningful place, entombing them in a permanent resting place, or keeping them in an urn.