Just came across this company, LifeGem, which claims to convert carbon gathered from your loved ones (either through hair locks, if they are still with you, or through their cremated remains, if they are no longer with you) into diamonds. According to them, the diamond thus created will be “a memorial to their unique life, or as a symbol of your personal and precious bond with another”. Personalized diamonds, as you may call it.
Well, giving a personalized diamond to your loved ones may be exciting, but the idea of having the cremated remains of the ones you have lost converted to diamonds and kept as memory sounded a bit creepy to me. Will having a diamond made out of the remains of your loved ones help in lessening the grief and pain? Frankly, I don’t know. However, these are just my personal views, I did find a lot of testimonials of people who have availed of this service and have benefited emotionally from it.
And yes, did I mention that they charge upwards of USD 3999 for the process, which is atleast 5 times costlier than a normal diamond of similar specifications.
If you thought that this was unusual, hold on, they have another service “LifeGem for Pets”, which allows you to get the remains of your pets converted into diamonds! I don’t know what to say about it. People are simply crazy (esp. the filthy rich ones)
This Company came to my radar as they have announced to make diamonds out of the carbon extracted from the hairs of Michael Jackson. And I am sure they will make obscene amount of money from it. Also, someone from MJs family will definitely sue them for breach of whatever rights they have on MJ’s name.
The hair they would be using would be provided by John Reznikoff, who calls himself as a “Celebrity Hair Collector”. This is by far the most bizarre profession/career I have every encountered. BTW, he holds the Guinness World Record for the “largest and most valuable collection of celebrity hair”.