Memorial Diamonds: This is What Brides Can Do With a Lock (or Two) of Hair
What does the term “memorial diamond” bring to mind? You may think about diamonds made from the ashes of deceased loved ones. And, you would not be alone in your thinking. Many people come to us looking for a way to remember a cherished individual who has passed away.
However, life is full of events that deserve to be remembered with the help of a stunning gem. Memorial diamonds perfectly capture these events in a sparkling and tangible form. And, since there are few days you want to remember more than your wedding day, your love and commitment on your wedding day are often best marked with the creation of a memorial diamond.
For centuries, diamonds have been used to symbolize the permanence of a couple’s love. Today, that diamond can take on even more significance in the form of a memorial diamond.
Since the time of the ancient Greeks, who braided grass and reeds together to create wedding bands, the eternal nature of a circular ring has symbolized the eternal nature of married love and commitment.
In 1477, diamonds became part of the wedding tradition when Archduke Maximilian of Austria presented his beloved, Mary of Burgundy, with an engagement ring that included a number of flat diamonds set in the shape of an M.
From that point forward, diamonds became a symbol not only of wealth but also of marital love. Engagement and wedding rings became ornate, combining intricately designed metals, diamonds, and other jewels into beautiful symbols of love among the wealthy.
In the 1940s, ad campaigns proclaiming “A diamond is forever,” educating consumers on the 4Cs of cut, color, clarity, and carat-weight, and encouraging men to spend two months’ salary on a diamond succeeded in communicating the fact that diamond engagement rings and wedding bands were an ideal way for every couple to commemorate their eternal love.
Today, diamond engagement rings adorn the hands of 80 percent of American brides, and wedding bands often boast diamonds that are as eternal and as beautiful as the couple’s love.
However precious diamond engagement rings and wedding bands are, using a memorial diamond in these pieces of jewelry can take their significance to a new level. Now, not only does the permanence and beauty of the diamond convey the beauty and permanence of the couple’s love, but the diamond itself embodies the commingling of the couple’s lives.
Memorial diamonds, also known as celebration diamonds, use locks of hair as the source of carbon for the growth of the gem. Couples can mingle their hair in a single diamond to create a truly special, one-of-a-kind tribute to their love.
When used to commemorate a special event, such as a wedding, memorial diamonds are often referred to as celebration diamonds or commemorative diamonds, because they encapsulate the joy present during these times.
These diamonds are different from diamonds made out of the ashes of a deceased person because they use hair as the source of the carbon within the gem. Just a lock or two of hair is sufficient to create a diamond full of significance and beauty.
When it comes to weddings, commemorative diamonds can literally embody the eternal commitment of the couple to each other. When each person contributes a lock of their hair, the resulting diamond is a perfect combination of them both, just as their marriage will be the perfect combination of their love and lives.
When couples choose to combine their hair into a remembrance diamond for their wedding, they choose to embrace a truly special, one-of-a-kind tribute to their love. Anyone can buy a .5 carat, princess-cut diamond wedding band, for example. But only you can commission the creation of a .5 carat, princess-cut diamond wedding band using your and your loved one’s very own hair.
That diamond will be different from any other diamond in the world, just as your marriage will be entirely unique to the two of you. The use of a memorial diamond on your wedding day is the perfect way to start your one-of-a-kind life together.
Creating a memorial diamond for your wedding is easier than you may think. All it requires is a small amount of hair whose carbon can be extracted and grown into a beautiful, real diamond.
If you wish to commemorate your wedding with a memorial diamond, you will find that the process is easier than you might think. To start with, you and your loved one need only part with a lock or two of hair.
In fact, a commemorative diamond can be created with anywhere from .5 to 2 grams of hair, about the amount of hair present in a single lock. This amount of hair is easily obtained by retaining some of the hair cut at the hair dresser.
You then send us the hair, along with any instructions about the type of diamond you wish to receive (cut, color, and carat weight). We will then extract the carbon from the hair, and place it in a growing foundation within a high pressure high temperature environment.
Over the course of a few months (70-120 days), that carbon will be transformed by temperatures of more than 3,600 degrees Fahrenheit and pressures of 60,000 atmospheres, into a beautiful, real diamond.
Once completed, we will cut the diamond to your specifications, grade it according to the 4Cs., and issue a Certificate of Authenticity that verifies that your diamond is a real, and precious, gem. You can then have your diamond placed into the setting of your choice.
At the end of the process, you receive a beautiful, real, and tangible symbol of your married love. And, on your wedding day, you will be marking the event with a gem made from the commingling of your hair, just as you now plan to commingle your lives and your love forever.
The significance of memorial diamonds does not mean that they are unaffordable. Instead, most memorial diamonds are less expensive than natural diamonds, while retaining a significance that goes far beyond that of natural diamonds.
Remembrance diamonds, such as those used in wedding bands and engagement rings, carry a great deal of meaning and beauty. But, this does not mean that they are more expensive than are natural diamonds. In fact, most synthetic diamonds cost less than do natural diamonds–up to 30 percent less in many cases.
Here are Heart In Diamond, we also offer memorial diamonds at the lowest cost available in the industry, thanks to the fact that we own our production facilities and therefore do not need to pay to have your carbon shipped out to and processed by another facility.
When it comes to remembering a special event for a lifetime, you can hardly do better than to create a diamond out of hair. This everlasting memorial to your love will not only be affordable for the present day but serve as a treasured memorial for a lifetime.
Weddings are not the only event that you can remember with a diamond memorial. There are several different memorial diamond types you can use to cherish different life events.
Weddings are not the only significant event you will experience in your life, or the life of your loved ones. Milestone birthdays and anniversaries are other examples of joyous events that may call for the creation of remembrance diamonds.
For example, think about what it would mean for your parents to have a diamond ring made from the hair of their children. Or, think about what it would mean to your spouse to receive a diamond ring in memory of your 25th wedding anniversary.
As a result, you can choose memorial diamond types to fit whatever special event you want to keep permanently in your memory. You can select from five different colors, nine different sizes, and more than 500 jewelry settings. With these choices, you can build a stunning piece of jewelry featuring a gorgeous memorial diamond for almost any event.
Memorial diamonds are more than just a way to preserve the memory of the deceased. They are ways to preserve some of the most precious memories of your life as well. And for those looking for the perfect way to commemorate their wedding day, a memorial diamond can serve as a personal and unique reminder that will last as long as your love.