A Symbol of Love
Diamonds from Ashes or Hair in Australia
The ALGORDANZA Memorial Diamond is
The ALGORDANZA Memorial Diamond is
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
4 x 0.15 carat
3 x 0.20 carat
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
‘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
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.
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.
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).
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