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Last revised: April 19, 2018

Cremation jewelry? These diamonds are made from ashes or hair.

Understanding the delicate and intricate process that Heart In Diamond uses to develop an ever-lasting cremation diamond.

Knowing what to do with your loved one’s remains can be difficult. There are many options for remembering or memorializing your loved ones after their death. If you choose the cremation process you are then left contemplating what do with the ashes or cremains. It is important to honor the memory of those who have passed on, but many people want to move beyond the traditional monument, plaque or tombstone.

Funeral or remembrance jewelry rose to the height of it’s popularity in the Victorian era, when Queen Victoria lost her husband and sent her court into mourning. She choose to wear jet jewelry, from Whitby, in Yorkshire.

Mourning Brooch (Jet Jewelry)

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Queen Victoria also insisted that the country go into mourning along with her. However, many of the common people could not afford the expensive jet jewelry so they decided to opt for black glass. “Black glass became a popular alternative, as it was more available, less expensive, and easier to work with. Other common materials for mourning jewelry used between 1860 and 1900 were Onyx, Vulcanite, Gutta Percha, and Bog Oak”. This perception that memorial jewelry needs to be expensive is one that still exists today.

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Heart In Diamond’s process of developing a memorial diamond that will reflect the beautiful life of your loved one.

The process of how a loved one’s remains are transformed into memorial diamonds can seem complicated but it does not have to be. Heart In Diamond uses a highly researched process to create a cremation diamond that reflects the radiant life of loved one.

Often people wonder about the process that takes your loved one’s ashes or hair and produces a beautiful poignant tribute in the form of a cremation ring, earring or necklace. Memorial jewelry can come in many colors such as cognac, yellow, red or white diamonds that are surrounded by a gold or silver setting. Let’s examine the process a bit more in depth.

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Heart In Diamond ensures that the 4 C’s (Cut, Clarity, Color and Carat) are upheld and delivered to their customers around the world

Heart In Diamond uses the same industry grading standards that governs natural diamonds. This means that the four C’s, as defined by the American Gem Society, are adhered to at all times.

The cut of a diamond speaks to its proportions and not its shape. A perfectly cut diamond optimizes the cut which allows the maximum amount of light to enter through the top and be reflected and dispersed back through its top. The diagram below shows an optimal cut.


The difference between an uncut diamond and a cut diamond is that an uncut diamond has not been shaped or polished, by a diamond polisher, in any way. Some people like the look of an uncut diamond because of this unclear and rough appearance. Twitter writer Purplepoemcraft showcases an uncut engagement ring in one of their tweets.

Most people favor the beauty of a clean, cut white, yellow, blue or red diamond. Diamonds are at the top of the Mohs scale for hardness compared to any other material.

However, it is important to note that diamonds also come in many different shapes. Diamond shapes can include round, pear, oval to marquise. A small diagram has been provided below for clarification.

Diamond Shapes

The next thing people look for in a diamond is clarity. The clarity is explained as “ the absence or presence of flaws inside or on the surface of a diamond or other gemstone”.

Next, the color of the diamond is considered. Did you know that diamonds come in every color naturally? Diamond colors are rated on a scale. According to the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) the color of a diamond is rated by “the body color in white diamonds from D (colorless) to Z (light yellow)”. EhudAryeLaniado tweets about the incredible beauty of diamonds that exist today.

Finally, the carat of the diamond is examined. Diamonds are measured by the carat weight and not their size. According to Diamonds.com “[a] carat (ct.) is the unit of measurement specifically used to describe the weight of a diamond (or other gemstones). Its name comes from the carob seed – a small seed with a typically uniform weight that early gem traders used as counterweights for balancing their scales, according to the GIA”. Another diagram has been provided below.

Carat Weight Scale

Afraid of losing your loved one’s memories? Heart In Diamond cremation diamonds allow you to keep your loved one with you every day of your life

Heart In Diamond creates lab grown diamonds that are optically and chemically identical to diamonds found in today’s traditional mining process. Our beautiful diamonds are in no way inferior to ‘natural’ diamonds and are not zirconia, which is a common misconception. Another misconception is that people believe that cremation diamonds are graphite. Even though graphite and diamonds are made entirely out of carbon, the difference between the two is that carbon atoms are arranged tetrahedrally in a diamond.

One important factor to consider is that Heart In Diamond create sustainable diamonds. Although the situation has improved over the past years, according to an article done by Time magazine, “diamond mining even outside a conflict area can be brutally hard work, performed by low-paid, sometimes school-age miners.”

The process of choosing Heart In Diamond begins with the color and the cut. Many people want to choose a color that represents their loved one’s spirit and life. They also want the cut and shape to be a representation of the memories that they are preserving. This process includes a conversation with a consultant who will work one on one with you. They listen because they know and feel what is important about the way you remember your loved one when you are considering a cremation diamond.

The next step is to think about the style or form you wish to place your gem or jewel in which can include a ring, earring or pendant. Once you have made these decisions you will simply need to send in your loved one’s ashes, or hair, to Heart In Diamond for the process to begin. Heart In Diamond will provide you with everything you need to place the order and full instructions on how to ship the ashes, hair or combination of the two. This process can take anywhere from 70-120 days. Heart In Diamond explains that “[t]he mixture created in step 2 is placed in a High Pressure High Temperature (HPHT) machine. This machine mimics the process diamonds go through when they grow naturally in the Earth’s crust. Your diamond gets placed under an intense pressure of 60,000 atmospheres and an extreme temperature of 3,632°F!”

When your diamond is finished growing, it is cut and polished, as part of the gem grade assurance. It is scrutinized to ensure that the color, clarity, cut and carat are all correct before being shipped to you.

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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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