Memorial Diamonds created from Hair
At Scattering Ashes we believe in Celebrating the life of a loved one and what better way to do that than with an everlasting Diamond made solely from your loved one. Many people keep hold of the ashes of a special person for many years, often unsure of what to do with them, how to part with them and even when to part with them. There is no right or wrong answer to this and we are here to help to guide you. The Memorial Diamond is the perfect way to hold your loved one close by and never have to fully part with them. A way to keep them close forever and perhaps never even telling anyone ‘who’ your Diamond was created from. A comforting and very personal remembrance.
We can create your Memorial Diamond from hair or personal items in cases where an insufficient amount of ashes are available or if it is culturally inappropriate. Hair consists of around 51% Carbon so to create a diamond from hair we will need at least 5g.
The Beauty is in the individuality.
The Algordanza Memorial Diamond reflects the uniqueness of the deceased. EVERY Diamond created shines in exceptional yet different shades of blue. The manifestation of its uniqueness is shown in its own, individual blue colour. The colour depends on how much of the element Boron is contained within the Carbon and the Diamond. The more Boron that is present in the carbon and therefore embedded in the crystal growing of the Diamond, the darker the shade of Blue produced.
Religious beliefs preventing the use of ashes
As previously mentioned, the Carbon sources needed to create your Memorial Diamond is not limited to just the ashes of a loved one. Algordanza Memorial Diamonds can be created using hair from a loved one or even treasured, personal items. Some religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism require the ashes of a person to stay together as a whole and be scattered in water following cremation. In these cases hair and personal items can be collected and used as the carbon source for the Memorial Diamond.
There are other religions that do not even allow bodies to be cremated. Muslim and Jewish traditions feel very strongly that the cremation is disrespectful towards the human body and therefore would only likely be able to use the carbon from personal items to create their Memorial Diamond.
In the present modern day we are seeing more people from a Religious background have a more relaxed view on using or splitting their loved one’s ashes. But for those who still follow Religious guidance and are not comfortable with separating the ashes, this is the perfect solution to still make beautiful memorial jewellery without using any of their beloved’s ashes.
To make your Memorial Diamond even more personal we can engrave an individual message (on request) into the Diamond. This will be laser engraved along with the Algordanza signet and the unique reference number that was issued at the very beginning of the process. The laser inscription is only visible under a microscope with a magnification of at least 30 times.
Diamond Cuts and Carat
Your Algordanza Memorial Diamond is manufactured individually to your request. The size is based on the weight (Carat) of the Diamond produced and this can range from 0.3 Carat to 2 Carat.
When it comes to the cutting of your Diamond, we entrust your personal Memorial Diamond to only the most expert Diamond cutters. You can choose your preferred cut from 6 options or decide to leave your Diamond uncut (Rough) leaving the Diamonds form unique, just like the person it was grown from.
Carat weights over 2.00ct may be quoted individually.
Once your Diamond has been created, cut and polished you may wish for it to be set into an item of jewellery. This is not limited to rings, you could set it into earrings, a pendant or even a brooch. We work with some extremely talented jewellers that could even use old jewellery from a loved one to create a new piece for you. This would make for an even more symbolic memorial jewellery item by adding in the Memorial Diamond.
However, if you wish to just hold on to your memorial Diamond before making any decisions about setting then that is fine to do. All Algordanza Memorial Diamonds come in a beautiful presentation box where your diamond is on show and this can just be kept in your possession and looked upon for comfort. Then if you decide in the future that the time is right for it to be set into jewellery than that can happen at a later date, there is no rush.
How long will it take?
Once you choose a Memorial Diamond we will contact you to arrange collection of your loved one’s ashes in person. The ashes will then be securely sent over to our laboratories in Switzerland where your unique Diamond will be created. If you wish to visit and see your Diamond being created then this can be possible or we can even arrange a Video call if you are unable to visit the actual lab. Once formed and cut your finished Memorial Diamond will then be beautifully packaged and sent securely to you, the whole process takes up to 6 months.
When you lose someone it can be very helpful to have something tactile that you can wear so that you can remain in contact with them. Memorial jewellery offers you a very discreet way of keeping a small amount of ashes with you for as long as you need to. If you want to let people know that the Diamond is fully formed from a small amount of your loved one’s ashes then you can, otherwise you can be safe in the knowledge that only you know.