A Symbol of Love

Diamonds from Ashes or Hair in Australia

The ALGORDANZA Memorial Diamond is

The ALGORDANZA Memorial Diamond is

A Symbol
of Love

A Memorial Diamond made from hair or ashes is the most beautiful and everlasting way to bid farewell to your loved one. Today, increasing mobility and globalization often complicate the regular visits and maintenance of a grave. Compared to traditional types of burials, the Memorial Diamond is a very personal monument of mourning, remembrance and joy.

Your Personal
Memorial Diamond

The ALGORDANZA Memorial Diamond reflects the uniqueness of the deceased. A remembrance diamond shines in exceptional blueish shades. A unique rough diamond is created solely out of the carbon of the hair or cremation ashes of the deceased. You can choose your preferred carbon source, size and cut of the Memorial Diamond. We can also create multiple diamonds from the cremation ashes or hair.

Turning Ashes into
Memorial Diamonds

Natural diamonds have been created under vast pressure and enormous heat in the depths of the earth. To turn cremation ashes to diamonds we have to simulate the same conditions. With our own HPHT-machines (High-Pressure-High-Temperature) we are able to do so. From cremated remains or hair we extract the carbon and grow the most special and unique memorial jewel.

A symbol of endless love and remembrance.

Next to the traditional burial the demand for cremation is increasing steadily worldwide. The cremated remains are then often stored in a graveyard or, where the law allows it, the ashes are scattered in nature. An ALGORDANZA Pure Memorial Diamond is a unique alternative or addition to the traditional urn interment.

In cases where a traditional burial is desired or even (religio-)culturally required, the ALGORDANZA Hair Memorial Diamond is a unique way to remember a loved one while still having a traditional burial.

We extract carbon from the cremation ashes or hair that is 99.9% pure and using this carbon to turn your loved one into a Memorial Diamond.

An ALGORDANZA Memorial Diamond is a memorable heirloom over generations for the remembrance of a beloved family member.

Your Personal Memorial Diamond

Memorial Diamond Options
The ALGORDANZA Memorial Diamonds are created solely from the carbon of a late beloved family member. Carbon is the element of life. Choose the preferred carbon source for your unique ALGORDANZA Memorial Diamond:

ALGORDANZA Pure

The ALGORDANZA Pure Memorial Diamond is created solely out of the carbon isolated from the cremated remains of the beloved deceased. At least 500g of cremated remains are needed to create at least one cremation diamond.

ALGORDANZA Hair

The ALGORDANZA Hair Memorial Diamond is made out of the carbon isolated from the hair of the beloved person. For the production 5g of hair is needed. The hair diamond is a unique option if no cremation is desired or (religio-)culturally accepted.

ALGORDANZA Origin

In cases where not enough cremated remains or hair are available, a second carbon source can be added. As a second carbon source personal letters, diaries or pictures, which are in direct connection to the deceased person, can be used.

Memorial Diamond Size

Size and costs depend on the weight of the Memorial Diamond. The weight of a diamond is measured in carat. Choose your preferred size with the size chart.

Weight

0.25 carat
4.1 mm

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0.30 carat
4.3 mm

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0.40 carat
4.7 mm

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0.50 carat
5.1 mm

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0.60 carat
5.4 mm

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0.70 carat
5.7 mm

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0.80 carat
5.9 mm

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0.90 carat
6.2 mm

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1.00 carat
6.4 mm

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Family Diamonds

ALGORDANZA Memorial Diamonds are available as family diamonds brilliant cut too. From the ashes of your loved one, we are able to create more than just one diamond. Thus, multiple family members can have their beloved person with them.

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4 x 0.15 carat

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3 x 0.20 carat

Memorial Diamond Colour

The ALGORDANZA Memorial Diamond shines in exceptional, different shades of blue. Each diamond glints in its own, unique blueish colour and is the manifestation of its uniqueness. The colour depends on the element Boron contained within the diamond. The more Boron embedded in the crystal grating of the diamond, the darker the blueish shade.

Memorial Diamond Cuts

The cutting of a diamond is a craft, since only the exact proportions of the diamond are able to unleash the exceptional sparkling. We entrust your personal Memorial Diamond only to sophisticated experts to cut it by hand. Choose your preferred cut or decide for a rough diamond – as the diamond uniquely formed itself.

Brilliant cut ash diamond made in Switzerland

Brilliant

Emerald cut ash diamond swiss made Algordanza

Emerald

Ascher cut diamond from ashes

Asscher

Princess cut memorial diamond

Princess

Radiant cut diamond from ashes

Radiant

Heart cut cremation diamond

Heart

A rough uncut diamond made from ashes or hair

Rough

Laser Inscription

Each ALGORDANZA Memorial Diamond made from ashes or hair is inscribed with the ALGORDANZA signet and its unique reference number. Additionally, a personal inscription may be engraved at a premium. The length of the message depends on the cut and the size of the Memorial Diamond (max. 50 characters).

Algordanza logo and reference number laser engraved onto cremation diamond

How a Diamond is made from Ashes or Hair

Carbon is the element of life and the foundation each diamond consists of to 99.9% . Diamonds have been created under vast pressure and enormous heat naturally in the bowels of the earth. To create a diamond from human cremains or hair we have to simulate the same conditions. For this we need to isolate the carbon from the cremated remains, transform it into graphite and finally turn it into a memorial diamond.

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Urn containing cremation ashes which are turned into memorial diamonds

Cremation and Cremated Remains

Today cremation of a human body generally is done in two phases and can last up to three hours. Following cremation an adult will on average produce around 2 to 3kg cremated remains. The cremains consist of a vast number of chemical elements.
Determining carbon content of cremains for diamond growth

Carbon - the Element of Life

The human body consists of around 25% carbon or carbon compounds. During cremation most of the carbon escapes as gaseous carbon dioxide. The remaining carbon accounts for a weight portion of around 0.5 up to 2.5% of the cremated remains.
Determining carbon content of cremains for diamond growth

Carbon - Hair or Personal Items

Hair consists of around 50% carbon. If not enough cremated remains or hair are available, a second carbon source such as a personal letter, diary or a picture of the deceased can be used to isolate enough carbon for the synthesis of at least one memorial diamond.
Extracting carbon from cremation ashes in Switzerland

Isolation of Carbon

To create a diamond, a multistage chemical process is necessary. Oxidic and possible metallic constituents of the cremated remains are removed wet chemically and the high-carbon indissoluble residue is isolated through filtration.
Carbon source for a diamond from hair

Growing Cell

The isolated carbon is the foundation for the subsequent diamond synthesis. The carbon is assembled into a special growing cell. The growing cell creates the perfectly isolated surrounding for the undisturbed growth of a memorial diamond in our HPHT-machine.
Memorial diamond growing cell in an HPHT press

HPHT-Diamond-Press

The growing cell is meticulously set into the HPHT-press. HPHT signifies High Pressure High Temperature. Our HPHT-presses are constructed specifically for ALGORDANZA's necessities and weighs more than 14 tons each.
HPHT presses in Domat Switzerland creating diamonds from ashes

Diamond Growth

The growing cell is exposed to a pressure of around 60'000 bar and a temperature of 1'400°C inside of the HPHT-machines. The larger the diamond should be, the longer the growing cell stays in the press; the duration of the growth process determines the size of the diamond.
How we turn ashes into diamonds with Swiss precision

Rough Diamond

At the end of the calculated duration of growth for the requested diamond size the growing cell is removed from the press. Inside of the cell core, in molten metal, the newly grown memorial diamond - so called rough diamond - is embedded.
Polishing a diamond made from ashes in Switzerland by Algordanza

Cut and Polish

According to the family's request the memorial diamond will be cut or handed over as a polished rough diamond. Cutting and polishing a diamond is a real craft and only made by experienced experts by hand. If the memorial diamond is requested as rough diamond, solely the abrasive start face of the diamond is polished.
Laser engraving on memorial diamond

Laser Inscription

Each hair or ashes diamond is engraved with a small laser inscription on the diamond's girdle. The laser inscription consists of the unique reference number of the order. On request an individual message can be engraved additionally to the reference number.
Brilliant cut cremation diamond from ashes

Certificate

Each ALGORDANZA Memorial Diamond is handed over with a certificate, giving information about origin of the carbon, authenticity as well as other specific characteristics of the memorial diamond. Each certificate is signed by Rinaldo Willy, founder of ALGORDANZA.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Yes – the ALGORDANZA memorial diamond shows the same physical, chemical and optical properties as a natural diamond. In our production site in Switzerland we recreate the natural formation conditions. Thus, your individual ALGORDANZA Memorial Diamond can grow.

No – the size of the diamond depends on the duration of the process. The longer the remembrance diamond lasts in the growing phase, the bigger it becomes.

On average, the cremation of an adult human being generates 2’500 g of ashes. We need at least 500 g of these ashes for the synthesis of a cremation diamond.

During cremation, the majority of carbon escapes as carbon dioxide. Inside the cremation ashes remains a carbon concentration of 1-5%. We are able to extract the carbon from the cremation ashes. This carbon will be the basis for the following diamond synthesis of a cremation diamond.

For the creation of a hair diamond we need at least 5g of hair.

For the creation this special remembrance jewel you can hand over a personal letter, diary or picture of the deceased person. The personal item along with the amount of ashes or hair available will be the basis for the synthesis of this unique remembrance diamond.

With our certificate, we guarantee the authenticity, weight, cut and colour of the diamond as well as the origin of the diamond from the Carbon source given to us.

Yes, we are able to create more than one diamond from the requested Carbon source. We can specify the number of possible diamonds after detailed analyses of the source in our laboratory.

The synthesis takes approximately 5-8 months from the receipt of the Carbon source and deposit of the prepayment. The synthesis of a diamond is a highly complex process and in some cases it can take more time.

The coloration depends on the element boron within the diamond. The more boron is bound to the carbon grid the more intense is blue coloration. We do not affect the coloring of the diamond. The unique blueish colouration emphasizes the uniqueness of your personal Memorial Diamond.

Yes – the age of the ashes or hair is not relevant for the synthesis.

About ALGORDANZA

‘The Memorial Diamond is a very unique way to say farewell to a beloved person. With the utmost caution, respect and discretion we allow you a new, charming way of remembrance.’

Frank Ripka, CTO & Rinaldo Willy, Founder/CEO

Founder Rinaldo Willy and CEO Frank Ripka
ALGORDANZA is the Rhaeto-Romanic – a historic Swiss language – word for ‘remembrance’. For over a decade we have been creating the Memorial Diamonds in our own laboratory in Domat/Ems, Switzerland. We are dedicated to helping individuals remember the precious moments spent with a lost loved one. The highly complex creation process of a Memorial diamond is the outcome of our efforts to create something imperishable and equally personal.

The idea to isolate carbon from human cremation ashes and create from this carbon a Memorial Diamond arose in 2003. The following year was filled with many trials, hard work and perseverance. Since 2004, Algordanza has operated as a solid and steadily growing company. We are represented in over 33 countries today.

Our Memorial Diamonds

The ALGORDANZA Memorial Diamond is solely made from the carbon isolated from the carbon source handed over to us. After growing the diamond according to your wishes each gemstone is controlled and the ALGORDANZA authenticity certificate is issued. The Memorial Diamond is a real diamond grown in our laboratory.

Our Values

We understand that you are entrusting us with something incredibly valuable. The reverence of a loved one is at the center of our attention. We work with the utmost respect and care, in order to satisfy the trust placed in us by family members all over the world.

Our Caution

Upon reception of your order a unique reference number is generated, which allows us to supervise the entire process from ashes reception, to the isolation of the carbon, to the finished memorial diamond. Additionally it helps us to guarantee discretion throughout the process. The ALGORDANZA ashes to diamonds process is ISO-certified and attested by a Swiss notary public.

Our company is member of the Swiss Association of Funeral Services and commits voluntarily to the standards and ethics of the Swiss, German and Austrian funeral associations. Additionally, we are a member of the European Federation of Funeral Services (EFFS) and the World Organization of Funeral Operatives (FIAT-IFTA).

For all information, appointments and pricing, contact us!

Phone Numbers

Melbourne: +61 (03) 9015 4468
Sydney: +61 (02) 8003 4405
Perth: +61(08) 9467 7423

All Email Enquiries – enquiries@algordanza.com.au

 

Algordanza consultants are available in Sydney and Perth by appointment only.

Galleries

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For an Algordanza consultant to be available please arrange an appointment on +61 (03) 9015 4468, use our contact form or write to enquiries@algordanza.com.au

Algordanza @ Wooling Hill Memorial Estate
372 Barringo Road,
New Gisborne VIC 3438
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725 Main Road, Eltham VIC 3095
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