how are cremation diamonds made

Last revised: October 23, 2019

Do You Ever Wonder How Diamonds Come from Ashes? Here Is How Cremation Diamonds are Made Quickly and Beautifully by Heart In Diamond

Ashes can be transformed into beautiful diamonds because Heart In Diamond extracts the carbon, which is the base of all diamonds, from the ashes for use in the diamond-making process.

The base of all diamonds, whether natural or man-made, is carbon. This element appears in all organic matter, from vegetation to animals to humans, as well as in other naturally occurring elements such as petroleum, natural gas, and coal.

Carbon must be present in order to form a diamond, whether that diamond be man made or naturally created. In addition, that carbon must be exposed to the kinds of incredibly high pressures and temperatures found in the Earth’s mantle (where natural diamonds occur) in order to form the breathtaking beauty of a diamond.

While it may seem impossible for the powdery form of ashes to become the flawless and beautiful shape of a diamond, the key is to use the carbon that is present in the cremains. Once this carbon is obtained, it can be subjected to the same environmental factors that create diamonds within the Earth.

Heart In Diamond begins the process of transforming your loved one’s remains into a stunning memorial diamond by using chemicals to extract the carbon from the ashes. Depending upon the purity of the ashes and the subsequent amount of carbon obtained from them, the carbon may be combined with generic carbon to create enough of a mixture to make the diamond that you have chosen.

Once the carbon is extracted from the loved one’s cremains, Heart In Diamond subjects it to a high pressure, high temperature environment that mimics the environment that creates one-of-a-kind natural diamonds.

Carbon provides the base for diamonds. However, a diamond can form only if that carbon is subjected to a certain type of high pressure, high temperature environment that forces the carbon into the precious form of a diamond. That environment exists in two places: The Earth’s mantle and Heart In Diamond’s production facility.

At Heart In Diamond, the carbon from your loved one’s remains is carefully placed within a machine engineered to recreate the high pressure and high temperature found in the Earth’s mantle. Specifically, this machine produces a pressure of 60,000 atmospheres, or more than 880,000 pounds per square inch. It also produces a temperature of 3,632 degrees Fahrenheit.

This intense heat and pressure force the atoms, or building blocks, of the carbon to organize into the stunning, unbreakable, and flawless form of a diamond. The process is much like a caterpillar transforming into a breathtaking butterfly: What originally appeared as powdery ashes transforms into the unmistakable beauty of a diamond.

Once the diamond has finished growing, it is cut and polished to your specifications. Heart In Diamond can also place the stone in one of more than 500 jewelry settings before personally delivering the diamond to your home.

Before submitting your loved one’s ashes, you should have worked with one of our consultants to select a color, cut, and even a jewelry setting from one of our more than 500 jewelry choices. These selections should reflect your loved one and your relationship with them in a way that will make your one-of-a-kind memorial diamond a fitting and lasting tribute to the deceased.

Once your cremation diamond is complete, we will cut it and set it according to your specifications. The result will be a head-turning piece of diamond jewelry that reflects the light, beauty, and personality of your deceased friend or family member.

Once finished, your memorial diamond from Heart In Diamond will be treated just like a natural diamond. In particular, it will be given a grade according to the four C’s of diamonds: Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat (or size).

Once your diamond has been graded, cut, and set, it will be delivered to you personally, either by your Heart In Diamond consultant or by an authorized courier. From there, you will have the opportunity to wear the memory of your loved one for the long term.

Through the diamond creation process, Heart In Diamond turns ashes into customized and exquisite diamonds within the fastest time frame in the memorial diamond industry.

Heart In Diamond never wants you to be without your loved one for longer than is absolutely necessary. That is why we use a diamond creation process that has the fastest turnaround time in the memorial diamond industry.

The process of turning a loved one’s cremains from ashes into a customized memorial diamond ready for wearing takes about 70-120 days. This timeframe is more than half the length of time it takes other companies in the industry to produce diamonds.

The reason Heart In Diamond can create your diamond faster than anyone else is because we own our diamond production facility. Instead of sending the carbon out to a third party to be placed in the HPHT environment, we can conduct the process ourselves.

Owning our own production facility also ensures that your loved one’s ashes never get passed around from one party to another. When you send us the cremains, we keep them throughout the entire diamond creation process.

You never have to wonder where your loved one is or worry about their ashes getting lost or confused with someone else’s. And, at the end of the process, you get your loved one back in a beautiful form faster than is possible anywhere else.

Throughout the creation of the diamond, Heart In Diamond preserves the ashes, and the memory, of your loved one. The form of the cremains may change, but they remain, to the very end, an integral part of the gorgeous memorial diamond produced by the process.

Just as the butterfly bears little resemblance to the caterpillar, so the finished memorial diamond bears little resemblance to the humble ashes from which it came. Yet, just as the butterfly remains the caterpillar, transformed and enlivened, so does the memorial diamond remain the ashes of the loved one, simply turned into a more eye-catching, and lasting, form.

At no time in the process are the cremains eliminated from the diamond. Their carbon is placed in the HPHT machine. That carbon is transformed, but not removed, within that environment. This means that the very ashes that you submit to Heart In Diamond become an integral part of the memorial diamond that you receive in return. The diamond is, in fact, still your loved one, simply in a form that you can keep close to you for the long term.

Curious about the Cremation diamond manufacturing process?

The process of creating a beautiful diamond from the ashes of your loved one has become much simpler because the ordering process is now easier to understand.  

It can be difficult to decide what to do with your loved one’s cremains once they have passed away.  Families are often left with the uncertainty of who should look after the ashes, what the best vessel is to keep them in and how to fairly divide their time with the remains of their loved one.  Memorial diamonds are a wonderful option that allow every family member the opportunity to keep their loved one close to them at all times.  

One question often asked by families is exactly what happens when creating a memorial diamond? The process of turning a loved one’s ashes, which are composed of carbon, into diamonds can seem scary because the process is unfamiliar. On top of that, the cremation business often doesn’t know enough about the process to explain it clearly. Learning more can help ‘debunk’ any myths you may have heard and reassure you that you’re doing the right thing for your loved one.

The process of transforming your loved one’s ashes into a precious keepsake begins with selecting the memorial diamond that best reflects the life of the person you love.

showing how cremation diamonds are made

How do you describe the impact they had on you in one word? What if you were asked to describe their life as a color? It may seem impossible, but it’s not.  Funeral diamonds are an amazing way to remember your loved one and the process starts with choosing the right color.

Cremation diamonds ordering and manufacturing process come in a large array of colors.  Colors have often been tied to emotions.  People interpret the color red to portray love, orange can be connected with energy, green may be associated with freedom, blue as solitude and peace and white as a fresh beginning. What color you feel best reflects your loved one’s life or personality will depend on your individual interpretation of the colors available.

Twitter handle @pantoneador showcases a beautiful visualization of how colors can reflect our emotions in the tweet provided below.  

Another step in converting your loved one’s cremains to a diamond is to think about cut and carat size.  Cut is important because the shape of your diamond may hold significance in the person you are remembering.  Many options include a brilliant cut which is more round, a princess cut which is square or a radiant cut which reflects a rounded square.

Carat size, simply translated, is the weight of your diamond and how big it is.  Many diamond charts range in size from mini to 2 carats. The chart below explains:

diamond grading chart

Seferian Diamonds. (2016) Diamond Grading Chart Sample. Retrieved from http://seferiandiamonds.com.au/diamonds/diamond-grading-chart-sample/

Memorial diamonds can also be placed in a setting to display their beauty and showcase their sparkling cut and color.

A setting is a frame that will display your remembrance diamond once you have decided on the color, cut and carat.  Among the setting choices are rings, earrings and pendants.  Once you have decided on your setting, you will receive a special identification number that will allow you to track the status of your diamond throughout the creation process.  

Ashes go through an intricate, scientific process that transforms them into diamonds. Cremation diamonds are changing people’s lives by becoming more accessible and affordable than ever before.  

An interesting thing to note about diamonds is that they are made out of carbon.  Did you know that humans are comprised of carbon as well? This is why it’s a natural fit for ashes to be turned into diamonds, as this is what would happen to them naturally if they were placed under a ton of pressure.

The scariest part for many people is when they are asked to send away their loved one’s ashes and trust that they will receive a beautiful diamond in return.  Anyone who has experienced the  grief that comes with the passing of a beloved family member understands that you’re never really ready to let go of a piece of someone who was so near and dear to your heart.  The process of turning cremation remains or hair into something so beautiful and intimate, can seem much scarier if the process is thought of as complicated and hard to understand.

It begins with sending your loved one’s ashes to your selected manufacturer.  Most manufactures will require approximately 3 ½ to 4 ounces of ashes, or .007 ounces of hair, for an order to be completed.  Both ashes and hair contain the carbon needed to produce a diamond.  Many people worry they may not have enough material, but a good company will be able to compensate by adding generic carbon to fill that small gap.

Ordering Cremation diamonds and manufacturing them is becoming easier each year.  Science allows ashes to transform into a beautiful memorial stone; a special tribute to your loved one.

It is important to remember that a great diamond company will be transparent about the process and want you to be involved every step of the way.  This means that they will provide you with a tracking number so that you can receive progress updates as your loved one’s ashes are turned into a diamond.  

Once the ashes are received, they’ll be chemically analyzed.  This has to be done because each state, province and country has their own laws when dealing with cremation.  It is important for the people who are creating the diamonds to sort out any chemicals that could have been mixed with the ashes at the time of cremation.  Many of these chemicals can simply be dissolved out and this cleaning process is necessary because high-quality diamonds can only be developed if the sample is 99% carbon.  

Some companies put the ashes through a second process that allows them to remove any additional impurities not found in the first examination.

Transforming the cremains to diamonds requires a special technology that used to be extremely expensive, but the cost of cremation diamonds is becoming more affordable.

the machine with which cremation diamonds are made

One popular method is to use a High Pressure High Temperature (HPHT) machine.  Essentially, this machine mimics the process the diamonds go through when they form naturally in the earth’s crust.  The ashes are put under pressure up to 60,000 atmospheres and an extreme temperature of 3,632 degrees Fahrenheit.  This pressurization creates a synthetic diamond that is composed of your loved one’s cremains. Synthetic diamonds are becoming increasingly popular as people are moving away from natural diamonds that are mined in an unethical manner and referred to as ‘blood diamonds.’

The machines used to create these beautiful gems are delicate and require highly trained professionals to run them at all times.  It is important to choose a company who values having someone with the right experience and knowledge when creating a diamond.

Once the growing stage is complete, the diamond can be shaped, polished and inspected for all 4C’s

Once a diamond has been created it is inspected to ensure that the cut, clarity, color and carat are all gem grade standard.  It is important the diamond is inspected as the quality needs to reflect the importance of your loved one. Color can be hard to pinpoint exactly when a diamond is created because each person has their own unique combination of carbon that contributes to the  diamond’s color.

Once your diamond is ready, it is then sent to you via a tracked and insured package.  Where possible, someone may even be sent in person to deliver your special work of art.  

While the process of converting your loved one’s remains into a memorial diamond can seem scary, it’s important to remember that although complicated, it leads to the creation of a family heirloom. The unique and special memories contained within your memorial diamond will ensure it’s a cherished masterpiece that can be shared with generations for years to come.

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Our consultants understand the emotional weight of making this important decision. To guide you through the process and help you create your never ending bond, please talk to us.
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