Memorial diamonds are synthetic diamonds born in the lab from the carbon extracted from the cremated ashes of your departed loved one. Memorial diamonds are by far the most popular post burial alternative in the UK funeral industry because they empower the bereaved against grief by immortalizing their deceased in an eternal tribute that can be passed down to future generations to commemorate special events within the family.
The difference between a natural diamond and a memorial diamond
The formation of natural diamonds requires very high temperatures and pressures. These conditions occur in limited zones of Earth’s mantle about 90 miles below the surface where temperatures are at least 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. This critical temperature-pressure environment for diamond formation and stability is not present globally but only in the mantle beneath the stable interiors of continental plates.
Natural diamonds formed and stored in these diamond stability zones over a million years are delivered to Earth’s surface during deep-source volcanic eruptions which tear out pieces of the mantle and carry them rapidly to the surface.
On the other hand, specialist memorial diamond companies like Lonité with an existing branch in London UK analyze the cremated ashes to determine whether they contain enough carbon to be turned into a diamond, about 200g of ashes or 10g of hair are required. The ashes are then placed in a specialized crucible and the crucible is heated to over 5000F to make sure every element except carbon oxidizes and then temperature is raised further so that carbon can become graphite.
The graphite with a metal catalyst and a diamond seed crystal are placed into the core. The core goes into a specialized diamond press capable of creating extreme tension which then starts working thus bringing the pressure to about 800,000 pounds/square inches.
The process of turning human ashes into memorial diamonds takes about 6 to 9 months. During the last stretch when the press is working, the temperature in the room stays about 2500F so that the ashes turned diamonds become solid. This process results in rough crystals that are cut and polished into memorial diamonds. The color of the finished memorial diamond ranges from white to dark blue, depending on the boron content of the ashes of the deceased.
Memorial diamonds as a unique post burial alternative in the UK
The most successful post burial trends in the UK are those that offer both elements of uniqueness and physical continuity for the friends and family of the deceased to commemorate them. The popularity of memorial diamonds therefore depends on the ability to not only offer both elements but also the fact that renowned memorial diamond vendors allow the bereaved to personalize every last detail of their gem to include as many traits of their lost loved one as possible for example their favorite color or design.
It is a source of comfort in bereavement. Memorial diamonds come in sizes of about 0.25ct to 1.0 ct which allows physical continuity with your departed loved since it is easy to carry the gem around with you at all times.
A memorial diamond is a unique tribute to the beautiful life your loved one lived. A diamond is a precious stone consisting of a clear and colorless crystalline form of pure carbon, the hardest naturally occurring substance. Turning the ashes of your departed loved one into this gem is by far the best way to celebrate their unique persona and the precious memories you hold of them.
It is also possible to pass down the memorial diamond from generation to generation at special life events within the family such as engagements or weddings as an everlasting legacy
Memorial diamonds are eco friendlier compared to cemetery burials. Besides polluting underground waters with embalming fluids released during tomb maintenance, cemetery burials release 10% more carbon in the long run which contributes to global warming compared to memorial diamonds that only release carbon during the process of cremation.
Available cremation jewelry to frame your memorial diamond
You can choose the gemstone alone or a cremation jewelry in which your diamond will be kept. The Lonité cremation jewelry rings collection has a variety of designs available, some of which include; 4Prongs round, Asscher, Halo round, Emerald, Halo princess, Heart, Princess and Roman numeral. Simpler cremation jewelry ring designs such as the Halo and 4Prongs are easy to wear and give your memorial diamond a more dazzling effect.
Some memorial diamonds companies allow you to select the materials of your choice such as gold, rose gold, sterling silver or platinum and the style such as modern or vintage. It is also possible to customize the cremation jewelry of your choice to give your memorial diamond a polished unique look. The most popular cremation jewelry choices in the UK are pendants, rings and earrings.
Nothing in this world prepares you for the loss of your loved one and worrying about giving them a befitting burial that celebrates just how much they meant to you only makes it worse. Memorial diamonds on the other hand help you in dealing with the grief and in giving you closure altogether through an everlasting tribute to your lost loved one that not only immortalizes the deceased but ensures continuity of their legacy.