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Born again as a Diamond?

Make your beloved sparkle forever
By Allan Hall
Age Correspondent
Berlin
May 27, 2005

A Swiss business is turning dead people’s remains from ash to cash by creating artificial diamonds from cremated corpses.

The Algordanza – “Memory” – company of Chur, Switzerland, says wearing the glinting remnants of a loved one “is better than staring at an urn on a mantelpiece”.

Rinaldo Willy, 25, and Veit Brimer, 38, have been licensed to make the ersatz sparklers from remains from crematoriums across Europe.

“There are many people who prefer to have a sparkling, beautiful memento of their loved ones instead of turning them to ash or burying them to be eaten by worms,” Mr Willy said.

So far, sparklers have been made from an unnamed number corpses in Switzerland.

The company has had “many inquiries” from Britain, Portugal and Germany, although there have also been requests for information from as far away as Japan.

The company says it takes advantage of the fact that the human body is 20 per cent carbon, the main ingredient of natural diamonds, which are formed under great pressure and phenomenal heat over millions of years.

Vladimir Blank, a Russian, developed equipment that can simulate the enormous pressure needed to make an artificial diamond.

Professor Blank’s synthetic diamond process has featured in many engineering and science journals.

The diamond machine is Algordanza’s premises in Neuenburg near Chur.

Mr Willy went on: “Ash is cleaned of all minerals then the pressing process begins. It takes six weeks to produce a one-carat diamond.”

Costs begin at about $A14,400 for a one-carat diamond that will fit into a ring or an earring.

“It is expensive, but we are finding that more and more people are willing to have a say in their remains and what they are used for,” Mr Brimer said.

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