DIAMOND FROM ASH. Memorial diamonds. - Коррупция в Украине

DIAMOND FROM ASH. Memorial diamonds.

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Pass away luxuriously
The methods of handling the bodies of the deceased have varied from era to era. But few could have imagined what sometimes unexpected prospects in this field will open up to 21st century technologies. So, in the last decade, a service has become popular, which the pioneer company’s advertisement says brighter than any other words: “Do you dream to die luxuriously? Using the latest technology, we will turn your dust into a diamond!”

Algordanza is a cross between a funeral home, laboratory, and jewelry store. It is located in Switzerland, and its name c in translation from the Romansh language means «memory».

Diamond from the ashes of man. Price.
The cost of diamonds from ashes varies from 5 to 22 thousand USD.

Diamond from the ashes of man. The price depends on:
Desired diamond size;
The choice is to leave the diamond after cutting in a casket of precious wood, or to include a jewel in a necklace, ring, pendant or other jewelry.
How often do you order diamonds from dust?
It might seem that such an exotic service has not yet found its market. But the numbers indicate the opposite: during 2016, more than 800 urns with ashes arrived in Algordanza — every day more than 2 people start posthumous transformation into diamonds from dust.

How long do they make a diamond out of dust?
The process of making a diamond from dust and an accessory takes 2-4 months.

Why make a diamond out of dust?
There are several common reasons to decide on this. For example, members of his family (most often wives and mothers), who are motivated by the intention to keep a particle of their own people, are trying to give the deceased a transformation into a jewel.

Sometimes they sign a lifetime contract for the «diamond future»: more often those who are diagnosed with a deadly disease.

Idea story
The author of the idea is Rinaldo Willy. The story of how he came up with such an unusual idea, in itself, deserves coverage — because, like many other projects that subsequently gained success, its birth is due to chance.

According to Rinaldo, while studying at the Faculty of Economics in the early 2000s, he, on the recommendation of one of the professors, read an article by a scientist from Russia on a new method for making artificial diamonds from ashes for use as semiconductors. Rinaldo was sure that this meant cremated ashes, while it was about ashes of plant origin, for example, leaves, bark, etc.

Inspired by the idea, Rinaldo began to ask the teacher about what are the stages of obtaining synthetic diamonds from the ashes of people. The error was identified, but the professor and student admitted that the idea has good prospects. Subsequently, the partners contacted a Russian scientist whose laboratory equipment was suitable for the first steps in the synthesis of diamonds. Algordanza grew out of this collaboration.

Symbol of indestructibility and eternity of memory
One of the most common questions Rinaldo asks: why was he so attracted to the idea of ​​making diamonds from dust? His answer lies in the field of aesthetics: a diamond is a jewel that embodies our ideas about beauty. Rinaldo was encouraged by the idea of ​​turning a dead body into something that is nice to hold in your hands and that will delight the eye.

This approach contrasts itself with huge, crowded cemeteries and neglected burials, where sometimes the connection with the deceased is extremely ephemeral. But a diamond, among other things, cannot be scattered, as sometimes happens with cremated ashes — a gem becomes an embodied memory that is passed down from generation to generation as a family heirloom.

The term «eternity» (cf. «eternal memory») Rinaldo prefers «indestructibility» (diamond = adamas, from the Greek. «Indestructible») — because the memory of the deceased lives as long as people continue to honor it. A diamond made from dust makes the memory of a person indestructible.

Each of the stages of diamond synthesis takes place on the territory of the Algordanza laboratory, as soon as the ashes are delivered to it after cremation. Depending on the legislation of the country of the deceased, the ashes are delivered in one batch or 2 urns at different times (so that it is not lost if something goes wrong during shipment).

The next stage is the processing of ash with special chemicals that concentrate all the carbon from the dust without residue. Amorphous carbon is then converted to layered graphite in a conventional high temperature manner.

Finally, the final phase is to recreate the conditions under which, over millions of years, diamonds form deep in the Earth at tremendous pressures and temperatures.

It takes about a couple of months to create one diamond.

Characteristics of diamonds from ashes
The size of the rough diamond averages 4 carats, decreasing at the end of cutting to 1 (in rare cases, to 1.6-1.8). A gemstone is made the longer, the longer the graphite is in the device: the growth of the diamond crystal structure is slow.

Since two grams of carbon are enough to create one diamond, several diamonds can be made from the ashes of man. Over the course of several years of communication with customers, it became clear that most often the order for the manufacture of several diamonds from one dust is made by the Japanese, who want close relatives to receive the memorial diamonds.

Theoretical calculations show that the average amount of human dust produces 50 diamonds per outlet. But so far only 9 has been obtained.

It should be noted that the ashes of people can also be of unequal quality (although at first glance it is easy to assume the opposite). In cases where a person had prostheses or underwent treatment, the dust may contain chemical impurities. They are not eliminated completely during carbon extraction, which reduces the quality of the diamond. Similar circumstances change the color of the jewel: for example, chemotherapy during the course of a life shifts a diamond’s shade to light.

In most cases, diamonds of blue tones prevail due to the presence of boron in the dust. Like the autobiographical uniqueness of people whose ashes enter the company, even when they are turned into diamonds, the color of each of them is unique and varies in an extremely wide range: from deep black to transparent without any shades.

Many customers ask if there are any differences between diamonds obtained in the laboratory from ashes and naturally formed. The most correct answer is that they are “vanishingly small,” and in the most literal sense. All that natural diamonds are famous for is in their synthetic counterparts. Even an extra-class jeweler will not be able to find differences. The only way to catch the difference is with a chemical screening method. There is no difference for the human eye.

It is worth noting that, despite a special path to the market of “memorial diamonds”, Algordanza is not a monopolist in this area. There are at least 5 competitors: in the USA, Great Britain and Switzerland.