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Diamonds are forever

Here is an interesting way of making a lasting memory of the dearly departed.

I read this article in the Mail and Guardian. It refers to an American Based company called LifeGem that has developed a way to turn the remains of your loved one into a diamond within 24 weeks.

According to MG, the finished stones can be laser inscribed with an identifier and tribute to the loved one and comes with a certificate of authenticity. LifeGem says these are genuine diamonds, with the same brilliance, fire and hardness as any high-quality diamond you may find at Tiffanys.

I find the idea a good one, as I cannot bear the idea of being buried underground with a slab of granite above me. Nor would I like the widow to stare at the shiny urn placed above the fireplace all day long. But spend $16999 in capturing and compressing my carbon and let it sink to the pit of the Augrabies Falls and I will be happy!

The notion of how exquisite and meaningful this might be, I leave up to your judgment.

Have a look here to understand the process of the ashes to diamond conversion. Check out the prices and brows through the picture gallery.


  1. Blogger Ange | Tuesday, May 30, 2006 12:12:00 pm |  

    mmmm....interesting...dont know if it is something I would go for though! imagine aving a necklace around your neck with a diamond...oh and this is Fred, bless his soul....

  2. Blogger Gregor | Tuesday, May 30, 2006 1:42:00 pm |  

    i agree ange, having it as a piece of jewlery does not sound to fancy. Imagine your necklace got stolen and you have to report to the police that your dead husband has gone missing, he's been around your neck all the time and suddenly he was gone... but its a matter of personal fullfilment I guess....

  3. Blogger Ceridwen Devi | Wednesday, May 31, 2006 5:00:00 pm |  

    Now all I need is a departed loved one. Diamonds are a girl's best friend especially when the best friend has shuffled off this mortal coil.