ALGORDANZA Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Memorial Diamond? 

Algordanza, using their own High Pressure High Temperature (HPHT) industry machines, can transform the carbon from human ashes and hair into diamonds that are physically and chemically identical to natural diamonds.  The geological process that otherwise takes hundreds of million of years can now be managed in months.  



There Are so Many Memorial Diamond Producers, Who Should I Choose? 

After you decide to turn your loved one's hair or ashes into a memorial diamond, it is important to compare and understand the differences between memorial diamond providers: -

1. Transparency of production - Do they really provide a Lab visit?

2. Certification of authenticity - What do these certificates really mean? Have you done your research?

3. Authentic customer reviews

4. Understand creation process and product

5. Price vs. service and product

6. How long has the company been established

7. Helpful, knowledgeable staff



Is an ALGORDANZA Memorial Diamond a Genuine 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.



How Much Does Algordanza Memorial Diamond Cost?

Our service and products start from £2,000 for a 0.3 ct rough diamond. Memorial Diamond material, size, cut, and laser Inscription of your memorial diamond determine the final price of your personal diamond.  However, the memorial diamond will still cost less than a standard burial, which could cost around £7,500 or more (Average funeral in the SE of England).

Find out more about how to decide on your Algordanza Diamond and contact us today to find out the price for your cremation diamond. 



Does The Size (weight) of The Diamond Depend on The Amount of Used Remains?

No - the size of the diamond depends on the duration of the process. The longer the diamond lasts in the growing phase, the bigger it becomes. Find out more about the Algordanza Memorial Diamond creation process. 



How Much Ashes or Hair do You Need For The Process?

On average, the cremation of an adult human being generates 3kg of ashes. We need at least 500g of these ashes for the synthesis.

5g of hair is required for one or more diamonds. In cases where not enough cremated remains of hair are available, another carbon source can be added, for example personal letter, diaries, or pictures. 



What Happens to The Rest of The Ashes?

You can choose to keep some of the ashes, we only require a minimum of 500g of ashes to produce your personal diamond.  If you wish to use all of the ashes, we can transform the entire amount of ashes as a diamond, if there is no additional burial desired.  Click here to find out more about our ordering process. 



What Does ALGORDANZA Guarantee?

Algordanza is committed to integrity and 100% transparency. We offer: - 

1. Visit our Swiss Algordanza lab where your personal diamond is produced.

2. Algordanza Certificate guarantees authenticity, weight, cut, colour and the origin of memorial diamonds created from the ashes or hair.

3. SVB membership, Algordanza Switzerland is a member of Swiss Association of funeral services.

4. ISO certificated guarantee the origin and authentication of the memorial diamond production and services

5. Notarial certification from a gemologist. 

Find out more about Algordanza authenticity guarantee here. 



Can I Have More Than One Diamond From The Same Ashes?

Yes, we are able to create more than one diamond from cremation ashes of an adult. We can specify the number of possible diamonds after detailed analysis of the ashes in our laboratory. Please contact us for more details. 



Are There Laws Indicating That a Memorial Diamond Has to be Interred?

No, there are no legal bases indicating a necessity to inter the memorial diamond. The process-related transformation of ashes does not leave behind remains that are obliged to be interred. Additionally, the creation process of a memorial diamond is liable to Swiss law.



How long does it take from collecting ashes to receive my personal diamond?

The process from collecting the ashes or hair to receiving the finished Algordanza Diamond takes 4-8 months  Nevertheless, the synthesis of a diamond is a highly complex process. In some cases, it can take more time, however, we assure you that quality and precision are our first priority.

We will give you an unique tracking number, and our local Algordanza Rep will keep you informed with every step of the diamond creation process. Click here to find out more about our ordering process. 



Why do the diamonds have different bluish shades?

The bluish colouration 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 colour of your individual memorial diamond depends on each person’s unique chemical composition. We do not manipulate the colour of your personal ALGORDANZA Memorial Diamond.



Is it possible to synthesize a diamond even if the person has died and been cremated a while ago?

Yes it is possible since the age of the cremation ashes is not relevant for diamond synthesis - we have many customers using cremated ashes from a while ago for memorial diamonds as an alternative to their existing traditional urns. 



What is the ALGORDANZA Pre-Plan Warranty?

With the ALGORDANZA Pre-Plan Warranty, you are able to arrange your diamond burial wish in your lifetime. You acquire the right for your beneficiaries to receive a memorial diamond from your remains according to your wishes.



Who gets a copy of the Pre-Plan Certificate? Who informs ALGORDANZA of my passing?

You will receive one copy of the warranty certificate and ALGORDANZA keeps another copy. In addition, we provide the nominated trustee with a copy, which secures your right to full disclosure. It is incumbent upon yourself to instruct the beneficiaries of your warranty and/or your funeral director to inform us of your passing. As a safeguard in this respect, we recommend that you arrange with a funeral director ahead of time so that they are mentioned in the warranty certificate and be provided with a copy for their records.

We also recommend storing declarations of intent and our warranty along with all your other personal documents, which are normally accessed first by those entrusted to make the funeral arrangements. Please be informed that it is general practice to open the will after the funeral and burial - by which time it may be too late to execute the Pre-Plan warranty.



What happens if the beneficiary cannot, or will not, transfer the final payment?

As the contract was signed between yourself and ALGORDANZA, we cannot pressure the beneficiary to make the final payment, even if it was your expressed wish.

To avoid such situations, we strongly recommend that you opt for the VG 100 contract, whereby you pay all of the costs upfront and the beneficiary can receive the Memorial Diamond without hindrance of any sort.



What happens if the Algordanza company is no longer in existence by the time of my passing?

ALGORDANZA is active in more than 30 countries and has been in existence for more than 15 years. Its finances are sound and an experienced management team leads it. Therefore, there is little chance of the company failing. In the extremely unlikely event that the company does cease to exist due to unforeseen circumstances, your Pre-Plan payment is secured because of its deposit in a fiduciary-controlled account and is therefore safe from any third party or special interest claims.