Funerals are becoming increasingly expensive for two reasons. First of all, the cost of renting a burial space is on the rise across the United States. The second reason is the cost of hosting the funeral itself. A more affordable alternative to the traditional funeral is needed, and there is a solution worth considering: cremation diamond.
Diamonds Made from Ashes: A New Trend Taking Off in the US
Before we take a look at why memorial diamonds are very popular in the US these days, let’s first take a closer look at what cremation diamonds really are. Cremation diamonds are a high-quality gemstone – a diamond – made from cremation ashes, cremated bones, or hair of the deceased. These materials contain a high concentration of carbon, which is also the main element in natural diamonds.
The rising cost of funerals makes cremation diamonds very popular among families. A standard funeral today costs around $10,000. That’s before we take into account the cost of renting burial space, which can easily be in excess of $2,000, depending on several factors. We haven’t even added the long-term costs of maintaining the grave; these costs add up to a substantial amount after a couple of years.
Cremation diamonds, on the other hand, costs around $1,700 to $17,000 to produce. You can choose the shape, cut, color, and quality of the memorial diamond, and the decisions you make will determine the actual cost of producing the diamond of your choice. However, there are no long-term costs to worry about; you pay a fee for producing the diamond and you can keep the precious stone forever.
Having a loved one turned into a precious diamond after death is also a fitting way to remember that loved one. Memorial diamonds last forever and they can be used to make jewelry and other items. These items can then be stored in the family for generations. You can, for example, make a wedding ring using the cremation diamond and pass it down the family.
How Cremation Diamonds Specialists Can Turn Cremated Ashes into a Stunning Diamond
The task of turning ashes and hair into precious diamonds falls into the hands of specialist companies. The actual process itself is very similar to how natural diamonds are formed. Ashes and hair contain a lot of carbon. They are then heated to around 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit and put under immense pressure, 725,000 pounds per square inch of pressure to be exact.
The compressed carbon is then rapidly cooled and turned into diamonds. A master diamond cutter then works on the precious stone to produce a truly remarkable memorial diamond for your family to keep. The entire process takes 6 to 12 months, depending on the quality and color you want to achieve with your cremation diamond.
One of the leading companies in this field is LONITÉ, a Swiss-based company who recently opened its US branch office in Buffalo, New York. LONITÉ worked on the technology behind the creation of synthetic diamonds and tailored it to the customers’ needs. The result is remarkable. With the improved technology, LONITÉ is able to offer a wide variety of clarity and shape. The company now lets you choose between five standard shapes for the diamond.
There are also different ashes of diamonds colors to choose from, with clear being the most difficult one to produce. You also have the option to determine the size of the diamond; LONITÉ can produce up to one carat of memorial diamond from around 8oz of cremation ashes.
So, what do you do with the cremation diamond? The diamonds are of the highest quality and they are perfect for jewelry. Many families use their memorial diamonds for engagement or wedding rings, hoping to pass it down to the next generation. Others add their diamonds to earrings and pendants, as well as other items to use as family heirlooms.
Turning Pets Ashes into Diamonds: It Also Works for Our Furry Friends
Dogs, cats, horses, and other pets are often considered family members, especially here in the United- States. They stay with the family for years, create memories together, and certainly deserve the proper sendoff any family member does. This is why pet memorial diamonds are perfect.
Similar to memorial diamonds for loved ones, you also need around 8oz of ashes or 0.4oz of the pet’s fur to make a cremation diamond. The rest of the process is similar, and it takes around 6 to 10 months to complete.
Imagine being able to keep loved ones or your beloved pets in the family for many years. Memorial diamonds are not only more affordable than traditional funerals, but also more sentimental. You can continue cherishing the memories of the deceased loved ones for years to come.
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