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Memorial Diamonds: A Growing Industry in the UK and Worldwide

22nd December 2018

With over 1,187 deaths per 100,000 of the population, the UK funeral industry is valued at £2 billion worth of revenue; consisting of companies that offer traditional services ranging from funerals, cremation and burial to memorials. However, with rise in the number of innovations in the UK today, the industry is now gravitating towards more personalized alternatives to traditional burial such as memorial diamonds from ashes.

 

The Rapid Success and Growth of the Memorial Diamonds Specialist Companies

Credited by a remarkable shift and evolution in the global Funeral industry, the modern funeral industry in the UK is more about celebrating life than mourning the deceased. Notably, there is also an increasing trend towards personalization across the industry.

Previously and most of the time, funerals in the UK involved a crowd of people dressed in black, gathering in a church with a priest delivering a reading from the bible. Nowadays, there are a variety of alternatives to a traditional funeral such as cremation, wood land burials and sea burials. In addition, most people are also opting for alternative burial sites as opposed to traditional cemetery plots. As a result, woodland burials have become a popular option, with over 270 woodland burial sites across the UK today.

Currently, 58% of people in the UK opt for cremation burials which are more affordable than a traditional cemetery burial in 2018 which prices have skyrocketed in recent years. But people are also looking for alternatives in the way to handle their departed-ones ’ashes instead of just leaving it in an urn at home. This is where the business of turning ashes into memorial diamonds comes into play. A new and unique way to honor a loved one’s life by turning its ashes into a stunning diamond that people may keep close to them at all time, a post-burial solution which has already captivated the world.

What are people looking for in funeral solutions?

Affordable prices: A lot of people in the UK are looking for beautiful ways to send off their departed loved ones without feeling like they are attaching a price tag to their love for the deceased. For example, while the cost of a cremation starts at roughly £400, traditional cemetery burial costs £3,784 on average and can go up to £20 000 for the most elaborated ceremonies.

Closure and mobility: In this era of globalization, most families are spread throughout the world and therefore it is hard to own and later on maintain a family burial plot. Modern families in the UK are therefore interested in funeral solutions like memorial diamonds that you can carry with you at all times and to all places.

Uniqueness: Most people in the UK are looking for customized ways to celebrate their departed loved ones as opposed to traditionally burying them or simply storing their urns at home. Post cremation alternatives like memorial diamonds allow for the deceased to be turned into a beautiful gem that can be personalized with as many traits of the deceased as possible such as their favorite color.

Specialist memorial diamonds vendors like the Swiss LONITE with a branch office in London, UK, use HPHT technology in their state-of-the-art Swiss laboratory to create memorial diamonds. The ashes are analyzed to determine whether their carbon content is enough to form a memorial diamond, about 200g of ashes or 10g of hair are required. The ashes are then placed in a specialized crucible which is heated to over 5000F to make sure every element except carbon oxidizes.  Then, temperature is raised further so that carbon can become graphite. The graphite with a metal catalyst and a diamond seed crystal are placed into the core which goes into a specialized diamond press capable of creating extreme tension which then starts working thus bringing the pressure to about 800,000 pounds/square inches. During the last stretch when the press is working, the temperature in the room stays about 2500F so that the ashes turned memorial diamonds become solid.

The cost of memorial diamonds in UK ranges from 1,400 GBP to 15, 600 GBP depending on the memorial diamonds size, color and cut selected requiring different technical efforts.

 

Memorial Diamonds among the Different Ways to Handle a Loved One’s Ashes

The traditional ways of disposing ashes in the UK include; burial at sea and on land.

To scatter ashes over land, you need the landowner’s permission. One can also choose to scatter their loved one’s ashes on the family’s grave. However, not all cemeteries allow scattering but some have rose gardens and specific areas where you can spread the ashes.The average cost for burying cremation ashes in a private cemetery is between £1,000 to £2,500.

If you are burying an urn or a box containing the ashes, be aware that in legal terms ashes are treated as a body and you have to follow similar procedures and restrictions as if you were burying a coffin.

Burial at sea is the disposal of human remains in the ocean or in a lake, normally from a ship or boat. To scatter the ashes at sea, you need to consult the Environment Agencies Guidance to make sure there is no nearby water supply.You also need a biodegradable water urn to avoid the risk of the ashes blowing away as you spread them in water.

Other types of burial at sea include the mixing of the ashes with concrete and dropping the concrete block to form an artificial reef such as the Atlantis Reef.

Some of the modern ways to dispose ashes in the UK include;

coral reef

 
   

               Ashes into a reef to help the environment 

Memorial tree: The cremated ashes are placed into a biodegradable urn which is then planted in the ground. In the long run, the roots expand through to give birth to a very beautiful tree.

Memorial garden:  These are areas planted for a specific purpose; to remember a departed loved one. The garden is planted with the ashes of the deceased as a tribute to their life and legacy.

Ashes into ink tattoo: A small amount of the cremated ashes of your loved one is added to regular tattoo ink, to create an ash-infused ink solution.

Ashes into space: The ashes of the deceased are taken on a trip into the orbit, a one-way ticket to an adventurous journey in space.

Ashes into Fireworks: Fireworks shells can be modified to hold and scatter the ashes of the deceased in an amazing light show for the bereaved.

Ashes into a reef: This involves putting the ashes of the deceased into a cement mix before it is poured into the form which coral grows on.

Memorial diamonds: The carbon extracted from the cremated ashes of a deceased is used to grow a lab diamond also known as a memorial diamond in the UK. It is also possible to customize your memorial diamond with memorial jewelry such as rings, pendants or earrings.

 

Celebrities Giving a Shot at Memorial Diamonds in Recent Years

Over the years, a couple of celebrities have been turned into memorial diamonds and some have openly admitted to considering being turned into memorial diamonds when they pass on. Some of these include; Michael Jackson, Kris Jenner Kardashian and Beethoven.

After Michael Jackson’s death, a renowned memorial diamond vendor obtained strands of his hair from the producer of the infamous 1984 Pepsi advert in which the singer's hair caught fire and offered Jackson's fans the chance to buy memorial diamonds created from their musical hero's DNA.

Similarly, three memorial diamonds were created from locks of Beethoven’s hair in 2007 and one of them sold for around $200,000.

Earlier this year, Kris Jenner Kardashian started making plans for her after-death. While meeting a fan, Kris Jenner complimented the woman’s ring which turned out to be her grandmother in gem form - a memorial diamond. The idea inspired Kris Jenner to consider turning her cremated remains into memorial diamonds after death; one for each her six children. Kris then set up an appointment with one of the renowned memorial diamond vendors to get more information.

In an industry where most funeral alternatives are designed to advantage of the bereaved in their most vulnerable moment and exploit them in every way possible, memorial diamonds offer a unique transition into the afterlife for the deceased and a means for the bereaved to stay in touch with their loved ones after they have passed on.

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