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How to choose a Cremation Diamond Provider?

How to choose a Cremation Diamond Provider?

1. Transparency of Production

One of the most important factors is to check if you can visit or personally deliver ashes or hair to the laboratory. Looking at online images and watching videos are definitely not sufficient to guarantee the genuine product or service. Any credible company would be able to explain and provide transparency of their production process to their customers. 

2. Certification of Authenticity

Certain certification e.g. GIA can guarantee and certify the diamond is lab made, however can not guarantee it is made from your loved one’s ashes. Additional certifications from independent bodies e.g. ISO certificate, notarial certification, and national funeral services membership should bring you a peace of mind.

3. Customer Reviews

It is always reassuring to hear what previous customers said about the product and service. It is easy to validate these recommendations via social media platforms.  

4. Understand Creation Process and Product

A genuine memorial diamond should only be created from carbon found in cremation ashes or hair in a high tech lab under an HPHT machine, and it normally takes 4-8 months to grow.  It is important to make sure your diamond is NOT: – 

  • A chemical vapour deposition diamond – hydrocarbon gas such as methane, not carbon from hair or ash. The normal process time only takes several hours. 
  • An existing diamond injected with ashes – Some diamonds are inserted with ashes into an existing diamond.
  • A diamond simulant (ie. Gem, Crystal or Zircons) – They are not real diamonds, a real memorial diamond should be certified with the same characteristics as real diamonds. 

5. Price vs. Service and Product 

The memorial diamond price should reflect its product and service comparable to a standard burial, which could cost around £3,000 to £8,000  (Average funeral in the SE of England).

How does Algordanza Guarantee
 Authenticity?

ALGORDANZA is a

  • Memorial Diamond Provider offering production transparency and lab visits.
  • ISO Certificated Memorial Diamond provider maintaining and committed to the professional body standards.
  • Notarial Certificated by a notarial certified partner confirming diamond is made from cremation ashes alone. 
  • A member of the Swiss Association of Funeral Services (SVB – Membership)
  • HPHT (High Pressure High temperature) Algordanza Memorial Diamond machines
  • High quality service and product memorial diamond provider, with true price reflection. 
  • Great traceable customer reviews with global presence in 35 countries.

ALGORDANZA is NOT a

  • Memorial Diamond provider hiding their production, who can only offer online images and videos. 
  • Unregulated Memorial Diamond producer.
  • Memorial  Diamond company who can only provide GIA certificate (only demonstrate grade and finish of the diamond), however cannot guarantee the diamond was made from your loved ones’ ashes or hair.
  • Not registered or regulated with any reputable Funeral services.
  • CVD (Chemical Vapour Deposition) Diamond 
  • Off-the-shelf diamond with ashes injection.
  • Cheaper diamond not made from ashes with no authentic guarantees.
  • With fake customer reviews
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From diamonds to rockets, mourning the dead has gotten high-tech

From diamonds to rockets, mourning the dead has gotten high-tech

Throughout history, people have devised elaborate ways to memorialize the dead: the pyramids of Egypt, Europe’s Gothic mausoleums, the Taj Mahal in India. What some mourners consider meaningful, others would call macabre. In 19th-century Europe and America, death photography produced portraits of the departed in lifelike poses; in the Tibetan Buddhist rite known as sky burial or bya gtor (alms for the birds), earthly remains are set out to feed vultures.

Notions about honouring the dead are shaped by many factors; culture, tradition, geography, religion. But the notion is one thing, and the execution is another. In every era, it’s the available technology that determines our range of memorial options.

The intersections of death and technology have long been busy crossroads. In these early years of the 21st century, they’re getting really interesting. Because I write about science and technology for a living, I’ve lingered at these intersections, observing the innovations: digital memorials on social media, eco-friendly green burial options, even interactive tombstones.

Among the tech-savvy options for modern decedents, one stands out because it’s so genuinely weird. Thanks to startling advances in industrial engineering, we can now synthetically re-create colossal geological forces to shape our ultimate destiny on this planet. It’s gratuitous and extreme and wonderful: We can turn our mortal remains into diamonds. Real diamonds.

(Image above, Algordanza Swiss Cremation Diamond)

Several companies worldwide now offer services to families that have the notion, and the resources, to memorialize their loved ones in arguably the most permanent way possible. The Swiss company Algordanza is one of them.

Using high-tech heavy-industry machines, engineers can transform the carbon from human ashes into diamond gems that are physically and chemically identical to natural diamonds. The geologic process that otherwise takes hundreds of millions of years can now be managed in weeks.

(Image above, Algordanza HTHP Machines)

It works like this: After the cremation, the bereaved family ships one pound of ashes to Algordanza’s laboratory in Switzerland. Scientists process the ashes to extract the pure carbon elements and remove other impurities. (The remaining ashes are shipped back.) From there, Algordanza uses the same tools Mother Nature uses to make diamonds: heat and pressure.

In the next step, the carbon ashes are converted into graphite, a stable allotrope of carbon in which the atoms are packed into tight, flat sheets. Then the carbon settles down for a long bake inside Algordanza’s high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) machines. Temperatures rise as high as about 2,400 degrees Fahrenheit. For comparison, consider that cast iron melts at about 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit.

Then there’s the pressure. Within the HPHT machine, a system of cubic presses exerts a force of 870,000 pounds per square inch on the graphite, gradually changing the molecular structure and transforming the carbon into pure diamond.

To be clear, these diamonds aren’t just similar to a natural diamond; they are identical down to the atomic level. The gem that emerges can be kept in its rough state or cut and polished by Algordanza’s specialists.

The entire operation from, initial receipt of ashes to final delivery of the diamond, typically takes five to eight months. The company processes approximately 1,000 memorial diamonds a year and has representatives in 34 countries.

Algordanza offers packages with prices starting at £2,000 for uncut 0.3 ct rough Diamond.

Source – National Geographic

For more information contact UK Algordanza, Managing Director, Kevin Foy.
kevin.foy@algordanza.com
0800 0646683