An Treviso, Italian man’s 20-year-old son died in a car accident a few months ago and had already been buried. However, his father had his son’s remains exhumed, then cremated and finally had his remains turned into a remembrance diamond.
Corriere del Veneto reports that the owner of a Treviso funeral parlor said the 55-year-old father had visited his parlor to make funeral arrangements for his mother.
At that time, the man found some marketing material for a Swiss company called Algordanza, who offer the bizarre service of transforming human remains into artificial diamonds. From their website, it can be seen that they offer this service in quite a few countries in the world.
Silvia Zanardo, one of the partners of the funeral company, said that they explained the idea to the father and he asked them to help him, which they then did.
The funeral company then exhumed the son’s remains and cremated them, as the first step in the transformation process. After an eight-month waiting period, the father has finally received the diamond.
Apparently Algordanza has been operating in Italy since 2009, creating the “remembrance diamonds.”
Christina Sponza, a marketing representative for the company, explained how it works.
“The human body is formed in part by carbon, the same molecule that makes up the diamond.”
“With the cremation process, you get the carbon graphite. In Switzerland, the graphite is then pressed and held in very high temperatures, which simulate the pressure under which real diamonds are formed.”
“Finally, we deliver to relatives the diamond in a box, a sort of eternal funeral urn.”
The video below gives more detail of the process: