HOUSTON, Texas — From ashes to diamonds: Algordanza, a Switzerland-based company, memorializes deceased loved ones through the creation of innovative memorial diamonds. Algordanza’s memorial diamonds are the result of a finely-tuned process whereby the ashes or hair from a deceased loved one are turned into genuine human diamonds that will last forever. It’s a unique way for the bereaved to remember those who meant so much to them when they were alive.
“Recently, a woman in Austin, Texas had a diamond made from her father’s remains,” Jared Parrish, director of sales and marketing for Algordanza, says. “The diamond was set in her engagement ring so her father could still walk with her down the aisle.”
Algordanza’s memorial diamonds are absolutely unique and are solely generated from cremation ashes or hair. Each production step is completely documented, and upon completion, the diamond is presented with a certificate of authenticity along with a chemical analysis of the ashes.
“What sets us apart from other companies that offer this service, is that our diamonds are genuine,” Jared Parrish, director of sales and marketing for Algordanza, says. “We do not use any chemical additives which makes these natural, not synthetic diamonds.”
While mined diamonds require hundreds of millions of years to age, Algordanza’s lab-grown gems typically take only a few months to form. The largest one offered is a full carat and takes up to one year.
So, how does it work? Carbon, chemically drawn out from the ashes or hair, is compressed into graphite in a high pressure, high temperature-growth environment. The graphite undergoes the same process leading to rough crystallized diamonds which are then cut and polished.
The memorial diamond varies in color. Primarily, white, it may sometimes have a bluish tint, depending on the quantity of the element boron within the carbon. Just as no two human beings are alike, no two stones are identical.
Founded in 2003, Algordanza is headquartered in Chur, Switzerland. Algordanza is a word derived from the ancient language Rhaeto-Romanic, meaning “remembrance.” Currently, the company is represented in 17 countries with a goal of being present in all countries on all continents.
For more information visit: www.mymemorialdiamond.com .