Having been manufacturing ‘Memorial Diamonds’ for over 12 years, from simple one colour (Yellow) beginnings we then moved to Blue and have now attained our ‘Holy Grail – Pink diamonds made from both hair and ashes – of human or animal source.
Memorial diamond colours
Yellow memorial diamonds
The most economical natural colour memorial diamond we make is Canary Yellow. This beautiful hue due to nitrogen does nothing to detract from the scintillation and flashes of fire found in clear white mined diamonds. Being the most economical, it is the least expensive – but we use this word carefully – for ‘Fancies’ (as coloured diamonds are known in the trade) are actually rarer and MORE expensive than cherry-picked white diamonds.
Blue memorial diamonds
Blue diamonds stem from Boron (Carbon molecules love boron – which sticks to them naturally and forms a blue hue). We limit the boron to allow as light a blue towards clear as possible, but we class these as ‘Free-Range Blue’ as the shade is unknown until it emerges from the growth chamber – as a raw diamond.
White clear memorial diamonds
Though we can make ‘white/clear’ diamonds, our memorial diamonds do have a slight blue hue – which is your ‘loved-one’ within. If the memorial diamond was absolutely clear, it may as well be just like all the worlds ‘whites’.
White blue hue
Unique memorial diamonds
Another way that our memorial diamonds are unique – is our equipment. We use a High Temp & High Pressure system developed by Russia in the 1950’s, but our press is huge and reaches 10,000 tons per sq’ inch at temperatures beyond 1300c.
The raw memorial diamond
Because we have to grow a larger RAW diamond – to get the best of a single-shot process, we prefer to cut memorial diamonds with 58 facets, round termed ‘Brilliant’ cut. This a scientifically calculated formula to return the incoming light refracted back to the beholder as flashes of blue and fire. It also reduces waste and allows the cutter and polisher freedom to steer away from natural inclusions.
How long does it take to make a memorial diamond?
The whole process of making memorial diamonds takes around 13-15 weeks. We require around 100-200 grams of ashes or 25-30 grams of hair to make up to 1.5-carat memorial diamonds. Smaller quantities can make smaller memorial diamonds but it is always best to enquire if the source material is limited.
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