Instead Of A Burial, Why Not Become A Beautiful Diamond

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Of all the options after death most people are either cremated or buried. But there are other options such as becoming a tree  and now you a swiss company called Algordanza has a more glamorous option.

Basically they take your cremated remains and put them under immense hear and pressure that mimic the conditions deep in the earth and compress you into a beautiful diamond.

Most of the diamonds end up with a blue colour due to the amount of boron present in the ashes.

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To explain the process to you, first the carbon is extracted from the cremated remains. The human body is about 18% carbon and about 2% of that remains after being cremated. This is the carbon that Algordanza use to make their diamonds. They filter out the other materials using a chemical process. The carbon once heated is turned into a graphite, the same material found in pencils.

What you see below are the machines used to exert pressure on the graphite which transforms it into a diamond.

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Picking up a new diamond

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Many people opt to have the diamond set in a ring or a piece of jewelry

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At between $5000 and $22000 the process is not cheap and costs as much as some funerals.

The whole process is fascinating to me when you consider what was once a beloved human can become immortalized in a beautiful gem.

All images courtesy of Algordanza

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