Facts About Diamonds Made From Ashes or Hair

Whether you call them Ash Diamonds, Memorial Diamonds or Cremation Diamonds, the differences in quality, care, service and a genuine concern about your loved one’s ashes or hair have been Algordanza’s top priority since 2004.

Carbon Source for cremation Diamond

Amount of cremation ashes needed

A cremation diamond or ash diamond is grown purely from the carbon extracted from cremation ashes of which a minimum of 500g is needed to grow. If a company needs less than 500g of ashes, another carbon source is being used in order to grow the size of diamond needed. Algordanza guarantees that your diamond is made of 100% of your loved ones ashes.

Age of cremated ashes does not matter

The age of a person’s cremation ashes is irrelevant, rather the carbon content which does not diminish over time is important. Algordanza has created diamonds from ashes that are decades old.

All memorial diamonds should be blue

ALGORDANZA does not influence the colour of their diamonds, since our bodies naturally contain the element boron and boron makes diamonds blue. Boron is primarily stored within our bones, nails and hair which also contains the most amount of carbon. Depending on the amount of boron present in ashes or hair, cremation diamonds will be different shades of blue to almost colourless documented here by the GIA.

The addition of nitrogen from industrial carbon or poor processing will make a diamond yellow, amber or even black.  Although our bodies also contain nitrogen, it is completely evaporated during cremation as it is not stored in our bodies, rather used for DNA, RNA and amino acids found in blood.

Exposing the diamond to radiation turns them green, pink or red and breaks down the diamond latice, making a diamond weaker. Also, thin-film coatings are sometimes used on diamonds to change their color.

3 beautiful diamonds from ashes because of boron cremation diamonds are dark blue to colourless

Diamonds made from hair cost less

Extracting the carbon from hair is much easier and less time consuming than extracting carbon from ashes. Sometimes there is not 500g of ashes available in order to grow a cremation diamond or the deceased wished out of personal or religious reasons, a traditional burial. Since hair contains approximately 51% carbon, a much smaller amount of hair can be made into a diamond, only 5 grams of hair is required.

Since hair comes from our bodies, diamonds created from hair will have the same blueish colour naturally. As a general rule, the younger a person is, the more boron they have in their bodies, the older a person is, the less boron they have.

Rough diamonds, a sign of authenticity

Rough (uncut) diamonds are unique, no two diamonds grow the same, just like the loved individual they are made from. Only ALGORDANZA offers rough diamonds, because only we produce our own memorial diamonds in Switzerland. Rough diamonds also cost less and contain all of the individual they are made from.

It is possible to set rough diamonds into beautiful jewellery. The most popular choice is to set a rough diamond into a pendant or necklace,  showing off the unique texture of the rough diamond.

Uncut diamonds from ashes cost less and are more unique than cut cremation diamonds
1 Carat Algordanza Cremation Diamond for Client in UK

Cremation diamonds help with grief

A memorial diamond is simply the compressed form of the cremation ashes they once were. Some individuals keep the ash diamond in a case on display at home, just like an urn would be displayed. However, many people have their memorial diamond made into jewellery, this allows an individual to take their lost loved one to places they couldn’t go before they passed away as well as being able to keep them as close as possible.

Why diamonds from ashes or hair?

Memories to cherish and hold on to – By creating cremation or memorial diamonds from the ashes or hair of a loved one, you capture the essence of that special person and instead of a traditional urn stored at home or at a cemetery you can remember that special person in a more unique and close way.

More affordable than traditional funerals – A cremation or memorial diamond will still cost less than a standard burial, which can cost up to £7,500 or more (Average traditional funeral in the SE of England).

Ethically better diamonds – Many natural diamonds are still obtained through severe human rights abuse as well as the exploitation of children, workers and whole communities. It can cause devastation and severe damage to the land as well as the local water supply.

Rough Ash Diamond Algordanza Switzerland
Carbon Source for cremation Diamond

The process of turning ashes into diamonds

Are you interested in how Algordanza turns ashes and hair into diamonds as well as learn what a real cremation diamond consists of?

  • First we need 500g of ashes or 5g of hair or a combination.
  • Then we isolate the carbon using the highest quality processing available
  • Purification of carbon up to 99.99% purity
  • The carbon is placed in a unique growing cell
  • The growing cell is placed in our German engineered HPHT presses
  • The diamond is removed after a time dependant on the carat size desired
  • The rough diamond is either cut or left uncut, and simply polished
  • The diamond is thouroughly inspected by a highly qualified gemologist
  • A certificate of authenticity is made and the diamond’s girdle is laser inscribed 
  • Your diamond is complete and in a short time will be delivered to you

How to order your ash diamond

3 steps to order your diamond from ashes or hair

  • First, contact Kevin Foy in the UK for current ashes to diamonds pricing and information
  • After you have decided what kind of diamond you need, sign our contract and pay 50%
  • As soon as the contract is signed, we will secure the ashes from you or your funeral home

That’s all there is needed, a diamond burial is just as easy to arrange as any other burial, we help you through the process. Once the order is placed, we will give you an approximate time of completion and update you on each phase of the process.

Funeral Director Giving Ashes to Algordanza for Cremation Diamond


Memorial Diamonds UK
5 The Cleves
TN15 6GD
United Kingdom

Telephone: 0800 0646683

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