However, the natural colour of diamonds made from human ash is broadly canary yellow due to the nitrogen content in the ashes. Once the diamond crystal has been formed, it is cut and polished in the same way as a natural diamond would be. Glynis waited 12 weeks for her diamond to be delivered. Glynis is now hoping to get her diamond set into a ring, and plans to leave it to her daughter Lucie, 31, in her will. Cremation expert Richard Martin says that memorialising a loved one — whether that means having some of their ashes made into a paperweight or even decanted into cartridges and fired from a shotgun — can be incredibly cathartic.
Bruce, who ran a successful record label, was 68 when he died peacefully at home in November from lung cancer with Sue, son Julian, now 44, and daughter Natalie, 40, by his side. Once his funeral was over, Sue was at a loss as to what to do with his remains. I found it so painful to look at, I hid it in the garage for more than a year. Now, every time I pop out to snip a few herbs for my cooking, I see the sculpture and feel connected to Bruce.
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Here's how the company uses extreme heat and pressure to turn dead people — and sometimes animals — into sparkling gems of all sizes, cuts, and colours. Making a diamond from a dead person begins with cremation.
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The process typically leaves behind about 2. Martoia said Algordanza requires a minimum of g of cremains. When the company receives ashes from a customer, a technician puts a sample into a special oven to see if there's enough carbon to grow a diamond. If there's not enough, the amount of carbon in a lock of hair can make up the difference. Once there's enough carbon, the element is extracted and purified of contaminants like salts.
Dead people and pets are being forged into sparkling blue diamonds — here's how
Boron is the impurity that colours the rare blue diamonds found in nature -- and is why many 'memorial diamonds' come out blue, too. When Algordanza processes ashes, Martoia says, 'it's nearly impossible to separate out the boron from the carbon'. This is because the two elements share similar weights and properties.
To further purify the carbon to The cell also contains a tiny diamond to help the carbon crystallize into a rough shape, since carbon crystallizes best when it touches an existing diamond. The final purification step converts the carbon into slippery sheets of graphite -- the same type of carbon in pencils.
Graphite's microscopic flat sheets of carbon are an ideal starter material for synthesizing diamonds. Natural diamonds form out of carbon that gets stuck in lava tubes about a mile deep in the Earth's crust. To emulate that environment, Algordanza inserts the cell now packed with graphite into a platter and slides it into a high-temperature high-pressure HPHT growing machine.