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Grandmas are forever: Swiss company turns remains into diamonds 

January 22, 2014 9:56am
When love is gone, diamonds will luster on, but surely Shirley Bassey didn't count on her lovers turning into metastable allotropes of carbons.
 
Swiss company Algordanza has figured out a way to compress cremated human remains into diamonds. By taking a pound of ash from the deceased, news organization NPR reported, the company can create diamonds after subjecting it to three months of high temperatures and intense pressure similar to processes found deep in the earth's mantle—where diamonds occur naturally.
 
 

Unique blue diamonds

What comes out is a diamond, usually blue in color, made from dear old grandparents or persons gone too soon. But if one diamond is not enough, company founder and CEO Rinaldo Willy assures future customers that ashes from an average person can generate up to nine diamonds.
 
Willy explained that every diamond is unique, whether it comes to color or the shape his clients decide to turn their loved ones into. Once they've cut the diamonds to their desired shape, Willy says families usually take the diamonds to be turned into rings or pendants.
 
But before anyone puts it on their wills to sparkle on a loved one, they should note that the least expensive price is $5,000 or nearly P250,000.

For pets too
 
If doggy bracelets seem like a better option than wearing tita around one's neck, Chicago-based company LifeGem can turn pets into diamonds. Depending on their size and color, pets diamonds can cost the equivalent of P113,000 up to P1 million, according to a story on The Huffington Post.
 
Whether one plans on making their loved ones shine bright like a diamond or let them remain ashes to ashes, funk to funky, Willy promises that "every diamond from each person is slightly different. It's always a unique diamond." — TJD, GMA News
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