The term ‘diamonds are forever’ was made popular in the 1971 Bond film of the same name, it’s soundtrack still a familiar tune for many generations. That concept has now come to realisation, sort of.
Swiss company Algordanza create diamonds from the remains of the dead. The ashes of loved ones are sent to the small town of Chur, Switzerland to be placed in furnaces burning above 2,500F and a pressure chamber exerting 800,000 pounds per square inch of pressure to produce a diamond. The concept is actually quite beautiful when you consider it, allowing family members to mourn and remember those that have passed in a small and personal object.
“Technically, we could make diamonds that are yellow, green, blue, or red, like our competitors do, but we believe in no manipulations. As soon as you have additives, there’s something in the diamond that doesn’t belong.”
The presence of different chemicals and compounds in each person can affect the hue of diamond, with colours ranging from blue to pink to one case of black. The distinctly physical nature of this process can also have varied effects on those that receive the man-made diamonds, the colours often being too much for them to bare.
“Our process is purely physical—but if the deceased had blue eyes, and the diamond turns out blue, you can be sure that the family will say, ‘Oh, it’s exactly the color of his eyes.'” – Rinaldo Willy, Algordanza
This type of service technology (what would you call it?) is an interesting innovation in the process of mourning, as the person can be remembered in a way that is both eternal and befitting.
Quotes/Content via The Atlantic