Whether you plan to be cremated yourself or are planning a funeral for someone else, the whole idea of passing on can seem transitory and empty. Increasingly, people are choosing to immortalize the remains of their loved ones by transforming them into jewels, gems and diamonds. To give you a taste of what’s on offer, here are the top five most beautiful pieces of jewellery you can make from cremated remains.
#1. Diamond Rings
Have you ever tried to sell a diamond ring back to the jewellery shop where you bought it? If you have, you may have learnt one important lesson: diamonds aren’t as valuable as you think. Jewellery shops very rarely buy back jewellery and those that do offer a price far below the original retail price. The demand for diamonds was artificially created by marketing experts at De Beers over a hundred years ago. By creating a global monopoly and controlling supply and demand, value artificially given to diamonds. In fact, perfect and flawless diamonds can be made in a laboratory. A company called LifeGem® can take as little as eight ounces of cremated remains or a lock of hair from a deceased person and turn it into a certified, high-quality diamond.
#2. Diamond Earrings
The hassle of how to display cremated remains or where to scatter them can be all but eliminated by companies who turn a portion of the remains into an artificial diamond. The process takes around nine months and while the customer can select the general color such as blue, red, yellow, green or colorless, the final color cannot be predicted. Artificial gem companies use the carbon from the deceased person to create the gem. The price depends on the size of the gem and even tiny gems can be created and displayed in earrings.
Those who don’t like wearing rings or earrings can choose pendants featuring artificial gems. As with diamonds, these gems last forever as a sign of everlasting love. Common choices are cross pendants and heart shaped pendants made from gold or silver. Worn around the neck, these pendants feature gems created using the carbon taken from the body of the deceased. Just eight ounces of hair will yield enough carbon to produce almost any diamond the family wants. The gems used in pendants are typically smaller than those featured on the ring.
#4. Treasure Rings
These vary slightly from diamond rings and typically contain a much smaller artificial diamond. Made from gold or silver, treasure rings feature a tiny diamond on one side. This is inset into the body of the ring. This style of ring is perfect for people who don’t wish for it to be confused with an engagement or wedding ring as a diamond ring might.
#5. Mother and Child Pendant
This unique type of pendant resembles a mother and child holding hands in a circular fashion. This type of jewellery appeals to people who have lost their parents. They feature a fabricated diamond using the carbon of the deceased and are identical in every aspect to natural diamonds. They have the same brilliance and hardness as naturally occurring diamonds. They are authenticated and identified by gemmologists.
All of the jewellery ideas in this article focus around artificially created diamonds. Modern technology can replicate the process of what takes millions of years naturally to occur within the earth. Most diamonds take around nine months to make. Although cremated remains are typically used, the same process works with hair locks taken from deceased. This means that these jewellery options are also available to those who prefer burial over cremation. Interestingly, it also means that gems can be created from pet hair, making them the perfect way for owners to remember their pets. Whether you are choosing burial or cremation in New Haven CT, these five jewellery ideas are sure to give you pause for thought.
Have you ever commissioned jewellery from cremated remains? What do you think of our list? Let us know how it went for you and which style of jewellery you chose. Leave us a comment in the space below and tell us your favourite style of jewellery.