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Published on Dec 24, 2013
A man in Italy found a way to remember his son by transforming his ashes into a diamond despite the costly and lengthy process.
Many people find it comforting to carry something reminding them of a departed loved one everywhere they go, especially parents who have lost their children. A man in Italy found a way to remember his son by transforming his ashes into a diamond despite the costly and lengthy process.
The 55-year-old father from Treviso, Italy, had buried his 20-year-old son's body after the son had died in a car accident earlier this year. Later, he found out about this special way to keep his son close. He unearthed and cremated the body to send the ashes to a Switzerland company where the $18,000 process of compressing the ashes into a diamond would take place.
The carbon in the ashes is filtered and refined. Afterwards, the ashes are converted into a diamond in a high-pressure chamber. The same heat and pressure in the chamber used to create other man-made diamonds are responsible for forming these "remembrance diamonds."
8 months later, the diamond serving as a constant reminder of his son was received by the father.
The Swiss company that specializes in this process quotes varying prices based on how big the diamond is.