Thursday, 2 Dec 2021

Immortalised Forever – Discovering Memorial Diamonds

One vital decision greatly concerns what to do with the remains. There are several options that each family can do to honour their loved ones. Ensuring the remains will receive a fitting and proper send-off, bringing peace and contentment is a common desire. Traditional approaches such as interment or cremation would usually suffice. However, there are also unique and adventurous options like above-ground burial, sky burial, green burials, ashes into jewellery, etc. Families are willing to invest and do anything to grant a pleasing and elegant way to remember the departed loved one.

However, still, the most common ways to take care of the remains are in-ground burial via coffin or have their remains cremated and placed in an urn or scattered.

In-Ground Burial/Interment

Several families choose the in-ground or internment option because it has been a deep tradition (and sometimes spiritual) for surviving families to visit the headstone monument or even mausoleums of their loved ones. A standard interment usually depicts that the departed loved one is laid to rest and at peace which family members would seldom visit with flowers. Sometimes they would throw invaluable personal items of departed loved ones along the burial from favourite clothing, keepsake jewellery, etc.



Cremation is one more choice that numerous households make as an alternative. Cremation is when the remains of a dead individual have turned into ashes. The reason for choosing cremation is often from personal dying wishes, badly injured remains, or economic choice (since it’s usually much cheaper than internment/in-ground burial). There are various methods that one would also choose after cremating a loved one with other unique ideas such as putting the ashes inside particular objects and there are also those who opt for turning ashes into jewellery.

Combination of Cremation & Internment of Remains

Other families have options to bury their cremated loved one’s remains via internment since it serves as a combination of both instead of scattering. The urn serves as the ‘casket’ for cremated remains and this containment often comes in a variety of looks, sizes, and various materials made from. Some urns aren’t suitable enough for internment hence the purpose of buying a burial urn is chosen by those who wished proper ashes interment.


Memorial Diamond As A Unique Remembrance

However, we’ll take a look at a particular type of ‘burial’ that is unique and one-of-a-kind despite being decades’ old called ‘diamond burial’. Having a cremation of turning ashes into jewellery might seem odd for some. However, much like any other type of burying remains, it has its symbol as well.

Defining Memorial Diamond or Diamond Burial

Diamond burial is perhaps among the most beautiful ways of bidding your final farewell to a loved one, yet maintaining the closeness and remembrance in such a personal manner. By having cremation ashes for jewellery, you can wear it as a diamond or have it turned into a precious necklace. You can have it beautifully displayed and treasured as well inside your home near a family/wedding portrait with the deceased loved one.

Diamond burial has been gaining popularity despite its origin dating back from the 2000s period and the creation of lab-grown diamonds rooting from the 1950s. Several families also opt for pet cremation for jewellery in Singapore to honour their adored pets, giving them a humane and yet gracious burial as anyone would do to their close loved ones.


How is a Memorial Diamond Made?

You might be wondering; how exactly do you turn a cremated remains into a diamond? Unlike other burial methods often found in simplicity, turning cremation ashes into jewellery is quite a complex ‘rocket-science process. Contrasting to the simplicity of tradition and with more dependencies, to lab-process, the procedure is very much similar to lab-grown diamonds with the difference of using human remains as a source for carbon.

The Requirement

While a diamond is made from a single element of pure carbon (roughly 99.95 per cent), a single human is composed of 18% carbon. With the help of lab-process for growing diamonds, the process of transforming human remains to diamond becomes a possibility, with a procedure requiring at least 100 grams of ashes or at least 2 grams (or a minimum of 0.5 grams) of hair.

Initial Stage

The memorial diamond creation process initially begins with the extraction of carbon elements from ashen remains into graphite (carbon-form). Using high-pressure high-temperature (HPHT) devices. The HPHT process mimics the temperature and pressure level similar, to how real diamonds are formed within the Earth’s crust.

Since it demands a lot of energy to turn cremation ashes into jewellery, the process of melting carbon to reshape itself can range from a couple of months (roughly 4-6 mos), with the fastest process can take in numerous weeks.

Latter Stage

The period of the growing stage within the HPHT equipment determines the dimension of the diamond. On the other hand, the cooling process often dictates quality, thus it is carefully controlled within the laboratory. Colouration can be modified also in the process based on the impurities within the carbon element; however, pure diamonds are often colourless and more clear.

Memorial Diamonds in Use

This precious memorial jewellery can be used as excellent rings or necklaces that you can use for any occasion or have them treasured in the most personalised way inside your home. With the trend and increasing demand of turning human ashes into jewellery, several people are combining their hair, along with ashen remains, in the process of creating a diamond. Couples can also use these jewellery pieces as engagement or wedding rings while others opt for a personal necklace for ashes.

Customisable Remembrance

With its high customisation, it can be designed and tailored, from colouration, cutting to polishing, to carats and laser engraving; most firms that provide these types of services will provide you with a range of available options on how a memorial diamond would look like.

Some religions around the world are seeing cremation diamonds as an acceptable approach to remembering and immortalising loved ones after death. With the increase of acceptance, families who seek to transform loved ones into precious keepsake jewellery is steadily growing.

If you are looking for human or pet cremation jewellery in Singapore, Algordanza is renowned with years of experience in creating memorial diamonds and is part of the Swiss Association of Funeral Services. Visit Algordanza for more info.