What do you want to happen to your body once you die? Do you want to be buried? Perhaps in a graveyard with the rest of your family? Or maybe you’d rather be cremated and have your ashes scattered about your favourite site? Whatever you want, it’s going to be something pretty ‘normal’, isn’t it? Well, how about this? Why not be turned into a diamond?! An ever-lasting gem to be treasured and even worn by the loved ones you leave behind?
The Swiss company Algordanza is making that bizarre dream very much a reality. ‘Memorial diamonds’ might just be the next big thing…
Diamonds are, basically, created from carbon. Us human beings are made of carbon. ‘All’ you need to do (in a very scientific and exact way) is extract the carbon from someone’s remains, convert it to graphite, heat and press. Et voila! A human diamond!
What colour will you be? Well, that all depends on the amount of boron in your remains. The more you have in you, the bluer your diamond will appear!
It’s not a cheap process, though. On top of whatever your cremation costs are, the price of diamonding you starts at around $4,500…
Would you do it???