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Ashes to Diamonds in UK

Monday, January 9, 2017 10:36
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There is no doubt that death in the family is a great loss to the family members, especially the immediate ones. So many fond memories are associated with the deceased and, naturally the most affected ones remain heartbroken for the rest of their lives. They live only on the reminiscences of the wonderful days spent together with the departed loved one. To ease the pain of separation for the bereaved family members, Lonité, a Swiss Company, has come out with a unique idea of preserving the cherished memories of the deceased in physical form. What this Swiss Company does is to turn human ashes into diamonds. Yes, you got it right…cremation diamonds that are real diamonds derived from human hair and ashes. Cremation diamonds have gained much popularity in the UK these days, as the process is simple and straightforward. Moreover, quality of the cremation diamonds is also at par with the regular diamonds that you wear. Most of the British funeral rituals practiced today date back to the mighty Victorian age. In the UK, it is customary to wear black or dark clothing for the funeral service.

How does Lonité turn human ashes into diamonds? There is technology involved in creating diamonds from cremation ashes. We all know that a diamond is made up of carbon that has been subjected to tremendous pressure of the order of 60000 Bar and temperature of 3000K, possible only in the depths of the earth. This is the reason why diamonds are found in the mines, miles below the surface. This crystallized carbon is what we call a diamond.

It has been discovered that a human body is made up of 18% carbon. Just imagine, if we could somehow extract this carbon from the ashes of the deceased and subject it to the same tremendous pressure and temperature, we could also turn the human ashes into diamonds. The Swiss Company, Lonité, achieved this fantastic breakthrough.

Lonité simulates the same conditions for the carbon extracted from the deceased’s body and hair to create memorial diamonds in one of its kind laboratory. The diamonds so obtained further undergo purification for almost 96 hours and any impurities obtained are removed and reduced to 1/500 of the original impurity content. The end result is the cremation diamonds of 4N purity, that is, 99.9% pure.

Why Lonité stands out from the rest in its field is due to its state of the art equipment that ensures greatest precision in creating memorial diamonds, and maintains their quality and stability. This results in a surgical grade accuracy of 0.001(g).

You can opt for two types of memorial diamonds – Purely Colorless diamonds and Naturally Amber color diamonds. The latter vary from yellow to deep orange and are obtained by retaining the nitrogen in the diamonds that gives it the Naturally Amber color, the color patented by Lonité. For Purely Colorless memorial diamonds, also patented by Lonité, the nitrogen content is removed from the carbon.

Just to give you an idea, a Purely Colorless diamond grows at an extremely slow speed of 0.5 to 1.0 mg/hour. The slower the speed the better will be the diamond. For example, an A1 carat diamond requires 750 hours to grow. There is no difference between natural diamonds and the ones grown in Lonité labs save for slight differences in the carbon atoms and chemical density.

What’s more, Lonité certifies your memorial diamonds by providing certification of origin and a process analysis report that confirms that the diamonds are actually from your departed loved ones. 

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