>> Apr 26, 2017
Families want to keep their dearly departed as close to them as possible. During the grieving process, we often cling to items that were closely associated with the departed. Spouses may wear or cradle clothing, children often refuse to let go of something that was personal between them and the deceased. Anything that was personal to the deceased takes on new meaning after they have left us.
Occasionally, families may opt for some other form of honoring and remembering the dead, like planting a tree in the back yard or some favored location. They may continue or start campaigns that do honor the dead and bring about awareness for one ideology or another; usually to great results. However, most deaths don’t take on such a prolific role; except in our own lives.
|A memorial diamond lasts your love to the eternality.|
There is truly no wrong way to keep an emotional connection to those we have lost, but sometimes we want for nothing more than one more day with them. Since it is impossible to have that one more day, but memorial diamonds made from cremation ashes do offer a great alternative. These diamonds will serve as very special reminder of our loved one till the end of our days, where we might decide that we would like to be remade for the ones we leave behind.
Diamonds are Forever
We’ve all heard that line, and that diamonds were a girl’s best friend; and even that diamonds expressed the truest form of love. But what we may not have heard is that it is possible to take cremated remains of our loved ones and transform them into diamonds. The idea has started to gain traction and popularity since its beginnings in 2005.
While it may seem like marketing hit the nail on the head when it came to diamonds, it only has these meanings to us after years of tradition. Like all traditions, it only took one special person for us to start repeating the process; all the while taking on parts of them and ourselves when we did it. Allow memorial diamonds to be your next tradition.
If we can remember back to our youth, we learned that the human body was considered a carbon-based lifeform; and that diamonds were pure carbon that had been exposed to extremely high temperatures and an equally high amount of pressure; and then millions of years before turned into the diamonds we see today.
The technology to produce artificial or synthetic diamonds has been around since the 1950’s, however there was no economically feasible way to mass produce them, which is why they still retain their value alongside the naturally occurring diamonds. However, that technology has grown to the point where we can use a portion of either cremated remains or a portion of hair and transform them into diamonds.
How It’s Done
The process is a lengthy one, and does take into consideration what kind of diamond is wanted as the end result. It does require mentioning that memorial diamonds are opposite of naturally occurring diamonds in some key features. Colored diamonds that occur in nature are indeed quite rare and more valuable. Memorial diamonds on the other hand are commonly colored, usually with intermittent shades of amber. These aber shades range from a light yellow to a warm orange.
These aren’t the only differences though. Memorial diamonds can be made to reflect the status quo of naturally occurring diamonds, but it does take longer in both the purification process and in the High Temperature High Pressure machine to achieve a colorless diamond.
The initial step is the purification of the remains or hair samples. This step is undergone several times to remove as much as 99.99% of all impurities and heavy metals that can be found in the human body. While the goal is a pure carbon ash, the nitrogen is often left in to give the diamond its color. At the request of the donor or the family members of the donor, the nitrogen can be completely removed to make a colorless diamond.
The average time is right around 6 months from submission to completion, but it depends on the desired amount of diamonds as well as any particular color variance, and can take up to nine months or more.
Are They Diamonds
There certainly is some acceptable amount of scepticism with taking a company at it word and their letter of authenticity. This decision is most likely made amidst the grieving process, not years after our loved ones have passed away.
However, there are 2 awesomely huge independant laboratories that will gladly test a memorial diamond and submit a report to you on the authenticity of it being a diamond. The GIA (Gemological Institute of America) or the IGI(International Gemological Institute) will validate the claims of the company; however, these reports are commonly used to distinguish the 4 C’s of diamonds.
Memorial diamonds don’t lose the personality of their donor however, there is a chance that they will have the same blemishes and flaws as any commercially available diamond on the market today. However, you or your family as the recipients may feel this only enhances the meaning behind the diamond in the first place. And like in nature, no two memorial diamonds are exactly the same.
To be upfront, the independent laboratories will not be able to tell if your memorial diamond is your loved one, but they will tell you that it is a laboratory created or synthetic diamond. But they will be proven to be a real diamond.
Keeping Loved Ones Close
How we finally determine to keep our loved ones close to us is a personal choice. Because our loved ones have returned to us in the form of a memorial diamond, it is most common to be set in some kind of jewellery; from rings to earrings.
|Memorial diamond jewellery provides a chance to keep your beloved one close by.|
Commonly, memorial diamonds are used in a ring setting and are more for the spouse than the entire family. While it is possible to submit enough cremated remains or hair to make to make more than one ring, it might take longer. Pendants are another wonderful jewellery based solution for memorial diamonds, as are charms for a bracelet or earrings. Any of these can quickly become a very prized possession because of the emotional ties to the making of a memorial diamond.
But the possibilities aren’t restricted to jewellery.
Anything that reminds us of our loved ones is cherished, and made all the more powerful when we affix a memorial diamond to them. New family heirlooms can be started with memorial diamonds, like a new scrap book or a plaque depicting the family tree.
Then again, it doesn’t need to wait until the end of life to start a new life. It can be seen as slightly morbid, but making a memorial diamond means giving up a little of one’s self. Because of the ability to use hair or cremated remains, the living can start a tradition of making memorial diamonds for their family members, as their family grows. Leaving the choice to the survivors when the time does eventually come might be the best gift a deceased loved one can give back.
In the End
After a lengthy process of being purified and being exposed to extreme temperatures and pressure, memorial diamonds rejoin their family, ready to join them on their next adventure in life. Or, they are delivered to unsuspecting family members as a truly selfless gift; showing that your love knows no bounds and to make sure that you are eternally their and forever with them in everything they do.
The decision to make a memorial diamond, either before or after death is a very personal decision. What we do with the memorial diamonds is even more personal. But this personal decision can mean the word to those who love us.