Ashes to ashes, dust to... diamonds?
The science behind it is simple: Human ashes contain carbon, and when put under extreme heat and pressure for several weeks, the element forms a beautiful diamond.
According to Mashable, most of these "man-made" diamonds — ha, get it? — are blue because of the presence of trace amounts of boron in human bodies.
Rinaldo Willy, Algordanza's founder and CEO, told NPR that a single person's ashes can create up to nine of these diamonds.
While many religions frown upon cremation, much less turning cremated human remains into diamonds, some people think it's a unique way to memorialize their loved ones. (And if you're the type of person who wants the deceased to have a physical presence in your life, wearing a diamond made of your relative — or even your pet — is a little more discreet than carrying around an urn filled with his or her ashes.)
Sara Pieretti, a woman who had a diamond made by Algordanza, told Mashable, "(To) have a diamond made from my father, it is a memory, and I have a part of him with me."
Does this idea fascinate you, or is it wayyy too macabre? Considering the fact that modern burial practices are horrible for the environment — embalming involve toxic chemicals, for instance, and cemeteries take up lots of space and resources — turning your remains into a memorial diamond might be something worth looking into. 💎