Now this is a jewel we could just die for.
A Swiss company called Algordanza can turn the ashes of your loved ones into diamonds. So instead of having to find somewhere to display that cumbersome urn, you can now wear the memories of a family member or an old friend around with you, wherever you go.
Because who wouldn’t want that?
The process works like this: After a corpse has been cremated, the carbon leftover in the ashes is extracted and heated until it converts into graphite. That graphite is then blasted with even more heat (about 1482 degrees Celsius) and subjected to intense pressures of around 870,000 pounds per square inch until it becomes a precious stone.
The colour of the finished rock can then range anywhere from white to dark blue, depending on how much of a chemical element known as boron is found in the ashes. And if you’re interested, a small gem alone will cost you a minimum of about $4,500.
But hey, diamonds are forever.