Diamonds Are Forever

In 1947, a real-life copywriter named Frances Gerety coined the phrase “A Diamond Is Forever.” Fast forward to 2014, Switzerland-based company Algordanza aims to make that phrase a reality (prices start at $4,474) by compressing, super-heating your cremated ashes and turning them into a man-made diamond that can be worn. Continue reading for more images and information.

Diamonds From Human Remains

“It all begins with a chemical process that extracts the carbon from the departed’s ashes. This carbon is then heated to convert it into graphite. That graphite is then heated to as many as 2,700 degrees Fehrenheit and subjected to forces as high as 870,000 pounds per square inch. The color of the finished diamond, which can range from white to dark blue, depends on the boron content of the ashes of the deceased,” says Bored Panda.

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