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A New Facet to “Diamonds are Forever”?

Last year, The Atlantic published a fascinating article, “Where the Dead Become Diamonds,” which discusses Swiss company, Algordanza’s desire to transform the way in which we mourn our departed. It hopes to achieve this by converting the crematory ashes of our dead into diamonds, potentially bringing new meaning to the popular jewelry catchphrase, a diamond is forever. A man who weighs approximately 176 pounds when cremated will generate about 5.51 pounds of ashes, which can subsequently be made into 0.2 gram diamond. That’s equivalent to a one carat diamond! Wow. True to the uniqueness inherent in natural gemstones, no “memorial diamond” will necessarily look the same. As founder, Rinaldo Willy explained, ‘…we believe in no manipulations. As soon as you have additives, there’s something in the diamond that doesn’t belong.’ Despite the immediate “no additives or preservatives!” lunch-meat image that comes to mind, I enjoy the sentiment—maintaining the purity of the gem and of the person you are essentially eternalizing. “Instead of being predetermined, the color of each Algordanza diamond results from the specific combination …