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Ashes To Ashes, Dust To...Diamonds! A Close Look At Cremation Diamonds

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According to the Cremation Association of North America, the number of people who choose cremation in the U.S. has doubled within the last 15 years, up to 46.7 percent in 2014 from only 24.8 percent in 1999. Part of the reason cremation is rising in popularity is because being cremated no longer means just having a loved ones ashes in an urn on the mantel; ashes can be transformed into everything from fireworks to gemstones. If you are considering cremation for your loved one or even for yourself, cremation diamonds could easily be one of the more intriguing ideas you come across. 

What are cremation diamonds exactly?

Cremation diamonds are gemstones that are developed from the extracted carbon of cremated remains. The process takes place inside of diamond presses that replicate the same action at lightning speed as what takes place deep within the earth which eventually forms real diamonds. The diamond-making process can take several months to complete, but in the end, you have a valuable gemstone that memorializes your loved one. The gemstone can be kept as is for a keepsake or implemented into a piece of jewelry, such as a necklace or a ring.

What color are cremation memorial diamonds?

The color of cremation diamonds can vary greatly because no one person will have the exact same chemical or mineral composition in their ashen remains. For example, the presence of nitrogen will often result in a cremation diamond that has a yellowed tone. Diamonds can range anywhere from white and yellow to shades of blue and even black without color additives at all. Some cremation gemstone makers do offer options to have the diamond tinted with a specific color tone during the formulation process, which is accomplished by adding certain minerals to the ashen remains before they go into the diamond press.

Can you obtain more than one diamond from one person's ashes?

One set of ashes is usually only enough to make one stone through the diamond making process. However, carbon filler material can be added to the remains to increase the volume so more than one diamond can be made from one person. Therefore, if you are choosing to have a parent cremated and transformed into a memorial diamond, you can obtain a diamond for each sibling if you choose. Just keep in mind that the most pure diamonds containing your loved one's remains are created without carbon filler materials.