Pet Diamonds: Companies Turning Departed Pets Into Precious Gems for Pet Owners

Andrea Divirgilio / December 17, 2012

For those pet owners who have lost their beloved pets, there are companies who turn departed pets into gems, to give pet owners the chance to remember their pets everyday. Though it might sound creepy to most of us, there are pet lovers who have found solace in wearing jewelry made out of diamonds made from the cremated remains from their deceased feline companion. But for other pet owners, living pets can make for jewels, too, using sample of hairs.

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The pet diamonds cost at least $1,400, with prices based on color and size and have the same physical properties as mined diamonds.

In the past, a company called DNA2Diamonds used the latest technology to extract the unique DNA carbon from a lock of hair of your dead furry friend. DNA2Diamonds extract the carbon from a lock of pet fur or cremated ashes and turn it into a GIA-certified diamond within 70 days. Pricing starts at about $2,000 and goes as high as $18,000.

As eccentric as it may sound, we have earlier seen similar approach for deceased humans with jewellery made of cremated ashes or using sample of hairs of a dead loved one. A design student Anna Schwamborn, who has worked for high profile designers like Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood, has earlier designed a range of jewelry made with the real human hair and cremated ashes of a dead loved ones in her “Mourning Objects” collection.

The hi-tech process of fabricating carbon from ashes involves “putting the carbon and a diamond seed crystal into a chamber with thick metal walls that heats it to more than 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit under about 800,000 pounds per square inch of pressure. After a number of days, a rough diamond emerges that can be cut and polished.” Producing a one-carat diamond requires less than a cup of ashes or even hair. The gems come with a certificate with details about the unique chemical composition of their pets’ ashes.

The founders realize that the service is not for everyone, but for the pet owners who are left devastated with the death of their pets, this might turn out to be the best gift they can treat themselves to. Do you agree? Share your thoughts with us.

Via: WSJ

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