I am one of those people who often hear about things well after it seems everyone else has already heard it. If it’s the news, I am always hours, often days behind. If there is new gadget to buy, I am always years behind. If there is a hot stock, it has already hit its peak about the time I decide to buy. I just recently read of something that is not necessarily new, but it was news to me: memorial diamonds.
In 1999, a company called LifeGem began producing diamonds from the bodies of deceased loved ones or animals. There are now a number of companies that offer the service. As you know it takes Mother Nature millions of years to produce a diamond, basically carbon under intense pressure and heat. Synthetic diamonds are created the same way: intense heat and pressure, but in a drastically shorter period of time. Technology now allows people to take some hair or ashes(DNA) from the body of a deceased loved one and turn it into a diamond in as little as three to six months. For some people this is weird, while others feel it is a nice way to remeber a spouse, cherished loved one or pet. Treasured memoreis turned into treasure.
Prices vary from $1500 to over $25,000 depending on the size and type of diamond ordered. Many changes are taking place in the funeral industry. Fifty years ago only about 5% of people were cremated. That has risen to over 40% today. Many people are opting out of expensive caskets and would prefer to have a different way to remember their loved one than necessarily a grave stone. I doubt many people are going to have the ashes rocketed into space as some do. Some will sprinkle the ashes over a favorite garden area or landscape, or place them in an urn. I think this idea of memorial diamonds will continue to grow in popularity, especially for those who have the money to do so.
I don’t think I have the money to buy a black diamond to honor Marley, our black cat, however maybe I should check to see what a black pearl would cost. I doubt if I will do that either. Time to give Marley a hug and enjoy him while he is still with us.