Instead Of Getting Buried, People Are Having Their Ashes Made Into Diamonds

Día de los Muertos, the Mexican Day of the Dead, a holiday to honor loved ones and ancestors who have passed, has come and gone. But if you'd rather hang around a little more often after you shuffle off your mortal coil, a jewelry company might have the option for you.

Algordanza, based in Switzerland, specializes in the Memorial diamond. It's a special process to convert the cremated remains of a loved one into a genuine diamond.


Because the human body is 18% carbon, the element used to create diamonds, Algordanza's process works with the 2% of carbon remaining in the cremains.

Once the graphite is heated to 2,700 degrees Fahrenheit, it is pressurized in those huge machines in a way that mimics the natural diamond creation pressure.


The color is dependent on the levels of the element boron that are contained in the cremains. The colors can range from white to dark blue.

Surprisingly, the whole process, after cremation, is about $4,500. Contrast that against the $10,000 cost of the average burial.

Credit: Algordanza

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