FROM ASHES TO DIAMONDS: THE PATH TO THE TREASURES OF THE DEAD

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Diamonds are supposed to be girls’ best friends. Now they can also be her mother, father or grandmother.

The Ukrainian company Urmydiamond takes cremated human remains and — under the influence of high temperature and pressure, which simulate conditions in the depths of the Earth — compresses them into diamonds.

Andrei Markov, the founder and CEO of the company, says he came up with this idea three years ago. Since then, his client base has expanded to 10 countries.

Every year, the remains of 100 to 150 people enter the facility. After about three months, they come out in the form of diamonds to be stored in a box or turned into jewelry.

Andrei says that most stones are yellow because the human body contains traces of nitrogen, an element that can be involved in bone formation. In any case, he says, “each diamond of each person is a little different. It is always a unique diamond. ”

Most of the orders that Urmydiamond receives come from the relatives of the recently deceased, although some people are preparing to become diamonds after their death. Andrei says about 25 percent of his customers are from Kazakhstan.

This process costs between $ 1,500 and $ 22,000 and costs as much as some funeral. The process and equipment involved are about the same as in the laboratory, which makes synthetic diamonds from other carbon materials.

The main process turns ash into carbon, and then puts it in a machine that delivers strong heat and pressure for several weeks. This is at least several hundred million years faster than diamonds mined in nature.

“The more time you devote to this process, the more the diamond begins to grow,” says Andrew. After the new memorial diamond cools down, the crystal is cut in shape, and sometimes engraved with a laser.

Andrei says that it takes only about a pound of ash to make one diamond. His company created up to nine diamonds from the ashes of one person.

According to Andrey, most of the time people give diamonds to a jeweler to make rings or pendants out of them.

Each time, according to him, the family is happy that their loved one, in a sense, returned home in a sparkling form.

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