Get answers to the most frequently asked questions about cremation diamonds and how ALGORDANZA creates diamonds from ashes.
Is the ALGORDANZA Memorial Diamond an authentic diamond?
Yes, the ALGORDANZA Memorial Diamond possesses the same physical, chemical and optical properties as a natural diamond. Our production facilities in Switzerland recreate the natural formation conditions of natural diamonds to grow your individual ALGORDANZA Memorial Diamond.
What is the price of a cremation diamond?
A .3 ct rough diamond is $2,999. The price is dependent on whether the diamond is rough or cut as well as its size. Please refer to our price chart.
Is the size (weight) of the diamond determined by the amount of cremation remains used?
No, the size of the cremation diamond depends on how long it remains inside the high pressure high temperature processing machines. The longer it stays in the growing phase, the larger the diamond grows.
What happens to the rest of the cremation remains?
If the family does not desire a traditional burial, the cremated remains are left within the process for as long as it takes to transform all of the remains. Otherwise, the remaining cremated remains are returned to the funeral home for an urn burial.
Is the element carbon still present in cremation ashes?
During cremation, most of the carbon escapes as carbon dioxide. Cremation ashes contain a carbon concentrate of 1-5%. This carbon is extracted and used as the basis for diamond synthesis.
What does the ALGORDANZA Certificate guarantee?
Our certificate guarantees the authenticity, weight, cut and color of the diamond including the origin of the diamond from the cremation ashes we received from the deceased’s family members.
Can more than one diamond be produced from the same ashes?
Yes, more than one cremation diamond can be synthesized from the cremation ashes of an adult. We can accurately estimate the number of diamonds only after a detailed analysis of the cremation ashes is performed in our laboratory.
Are there laws that require that a memorial diamond be interred?
No, there are no laws that necessitate the interment of a memorial diamond. The process of producing diamonds from ashes does not leave any trace material that needs to be interred.
How long do I have to wait before I receive my memorial diamond?
The diamond synthesis takes about five to eight months starting from the date the cremation remains are received and the prepayment is made. Since creating a memorial diamond is a highly complex process, it sometimes takes a little more time. Rest assured that quality and precision are our highest priority.
Why are the diamonds different bluish shades?
The bluish coloration is due to the presence of the element boron within the diamond. The more boron bound to the carbon grid the greater the intensity of the blue in the diamond. The color of your individual memorial diamond depends on each person’s unique chemical composition. We do not manipulate the color of your personal ALGORDANZA Memorial Diamond.
Is it possible to synthesize a diamond if the deceased was cremated a long time ago?
Yes it is possible since the age of the cremation ashes is not relevant for diamond synthesis.
Do you also produce diamonds from the ashes of pets?
Yes, please visit our partner site www.mypetmemorialdiamond.com.
Why do Algordanza memorial diamonds have inclusions?
Our top priority is the respectful treatment of the cremated remains in the process of cultivation of the memorial diamond. Obtaining the carbon from the cremated remains is the basis for the growth of the memorial diamond. Many steps of purification and graphitization are done between the ashes and the carbon extracted from it. Sometimes, in addition to the carbon, some very small trace elements of the cremation remains enter into the crystal lattice and appear in the diamond as inclusions. We regard this as a special proof and feature of the individual origin and the personal character of our unique memorial diamonds and not as a downside. The majority of Algordanza memorial diamonds have a quality level of SI1 or better. But we cannot guarantee a certain quality level due to the special origin of the carbon.