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The ashes of the
dead, states the Encyclopaedia of Death and Dying, reveals an aspect
of human creativity under changing religious and ideological
creativity involving cremated human remains is outright morbid for
most. But that hasn't dissuaded Chicago-based LifeGem Memorials or
Swiss firm Algordanza from rolling out an unusual service.
For anything between
$4,000 and $12,000, they'll extract carbon from human ashes and turn
it into a 0.25-1 carat synthetic diamond for a choicer commemoration
of the dear departed.
Astride the statistic that every individual
carries enough carbon to produce 50-100 diamonds, they are pitching
the service as a sure-fire solution for saturated cemeteries.
While LifeGem is
offering to store extra carbon to create replacement diamonds in the
event of theft or loss, Algordanza, already spread across 14
countries, is roping in funeral parlours and jewellery companies as
They aren't the
only ones to spot the phoenix of opportunity rise from the ashes.
Eternal Reef, a company founded by Don Brawley, mixes human ashes
with cement to form artificial reef balls.