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Turning ashes into diamonds was invented by LifeGem diamonds in 1999 and brought to the public in 2002. Since then, creating diamonds from ashes has become an accepted practice worldwide and considered by many to be the most prestigious way of memorializing a loved one to date.
Diamonds created from ashes are considered "real" diamonds. They have the exact same brilliance, luster, and fire as diamonds mined from beneath millions of pounds of earth. Also, to be considered a diamond, it has to be the hardest substance known on planet earth and register as a 10 on the mohs scale as diamonds from cremated remains do.
The main difference, as you already know, is that diamonds from ashes are created from a very specific source of carbon - your loved one. It's all basic science really. Diamonds are carbon and humans are carbon. Any extremely pure carbon under massive amounts of pressure and heat crystallizes into diamond. That's all there is to it... well, that and about 60 years of in-depth diamond creation knowledge, very specific timetables, and millions of dollars worth of lab equipment!
The GIA (Gemological Institute of America) recognizes diamonds created from ashes as diamonds, of course synthetic diamonds, which is exactly the point of diamonds created from ashes anyway.
Perfected over the last ten years, created diamonds are now beautiful and of a very high quality - typically ranging from SI to VVS. They are available in colorless, blue, yellow, red, and green, and range in price from around $1500 up to $20,000 plus depending on the size and color you are interested in. Here is a ton of information on the history of creating diamonds from ashes and why they came to be in the first place.
Additionally, we've added new information to make sure you know that while human carbon to diamonds is proven, dna to diamonds is NOT possible. Make sure no one tells you otherwise! Read the facts.
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