Turning cremation ashes into diamonds is possible because Carbon [C] accounts for 18% of the human body and diamonds are crystallized carbon. Cremation diamonds are genuine diamonds grown by using the carbon contained within hair or cremation ashes.
Nitrogen [N] accounts for 3% of the human body, which gives a cremation diamond a Naturally Amber™ colour, varying from light yellow to deep orange.
Purely Colourless™ diamonds are created by removing nitrogen [N] from the carbon [C] prior to making a cremation diamond from the ashes.
Natural diamonds develop in an environment of extreme high-pressure and high-temperatures (HPHT) deep underground.
LONITÉ’s laboratory precisely re-creates this environment of extremely high temperatures (3000K) and pressures (60000Bar) and turns carbon from hair or ashes into diamonds.
Purification takes approximately 5,000 minutes, over 83 hours, for each memorial diamond ordered.
Impurities are removed and reduced to 1/500 of the original impurity content, providing 4N purity (99.99%).
Every little detail matters when turning ashes into diamonds. LONITÉ uses highly specialized state-of-the-art equipment that allows the greatest precision, quality and stability. Instruments are surgical grade, scales are accurate to 0.001(g).
The purified carbon is the foundation for cremation diamond crystallisation. Air, along with other atoms such as H₂O (water) and O₂ (Oxygen) are removed to ensure that the carbon is very pure and dense.
A typical Purely Colourless™ diamond grows slowly and steadily at the extremely slow speed of 0.5-1.0 mg/hour. Slow crystallization results to fewer flaws and better structure in the cremation diamond. This means a 1 carat diamond can take 750 hours, almost a full month to grow.
Atoms Tracing on Chemical Density.
A memorial diamond from pet/human ashes looks the same, both optically and chemically as a natural diamond.
However, experts at LONITÉ can scientifically and technically differentiate genuine cremation diamonds because of slight differences in the carbon atoms and chemical density.
Certificate of Origin with Analysis Report.
All LONITÉ cremation diamonds are delivered with both a certification of origin and a process analysis report, documenting and proving scientifically that a LONITÉ diamond originates from the ashes of the client’s loved one.
Verified by Independent Research Institutes.
The production records, laboratory data, chemical analysis and physical factors of LONITÉ cremation diamonds can be re-verified and validated by any independent certification and quality control institute.
The origin of the carbon in your memorial diamond can be scientifically proven. As of today, only LONITÉ’s eminent technical team can provide this exceptional technological breakthrough at an affordable cremation diamonds cost.
LONITÉ Laboratory and Process: From Ashes to Cremation Diamonds
The hair or cremated ashes are first analysed to determine whether they contain enough carbon to be turned into a diamond. The carbon content of ashes differs from case to case, and the total contained carbon may or may not be enough for LONITÉ’s diamond creation process. It is highly suggested that clients provide additional hair samples from the family as a supplement/backup plan.
Impurity remover is applied in a special solvent to remove unstable chemicals. The material (ashes or hair) is then milled and stirred into a nano powder in a special chemical gas environment. The impurity remover attaches to impurities, which are then isolated from the materials by a high-speed centrifuge. Furthermore, special treatment and techniques are implemented so the remaining carbon is adequately preserved while other elements extracted are reduced to a fractional minimum.
The milled, purified material is heated to extreme temperatures to eliminate volatile impurities. At this step oxygen is removed and inert, protective and reducing gases are injected to protect the ashes or hair from oxidation. Double handling is applied for chemical extraction. In some cases, high voltages may be applied in an energised airtight container to melt and evaporate chemicals, further purifying the solid carbon.
The carbon from hair or ashes is then placed in a safe and resistant cabinet, a wet chemical environment so as to increase purity by removing heavy metals. The program-controlled process of specific temperatures, stirring speeds, and the addition of chemical reagents ensures the carbon quality. At the end of this final purification step, the carbon purity reaches as high as 99.99% (4N Purity). If the purity levels have not reached 99.99% by this stage, additional customised purification steps are implemented to remove the specific remaining impurities.
The purified, extracted carbon is converted into flake graphite in form of a cylinder. Before being placed into the diamond synthesis machine, the cylinder is carefully wrapped in protective and corbelled materials. This prepares it for the final technical steps that require pressure and temperature measurement, insulation and protection. The transformation takes several days to several months depending on the size and color of the memorial diamond to be created.
Unlike mined diamonds, rough memorial or cremation diamonds are usually mixed with graphite and other materials, paticuliarly on the surface. The rough diamond is carefully polished by experts who deal solely with grown diamonds. A rough un-cut memorial diamond can be provided on request for as long as there is no attempt to cut it after it has been delivered because inexperienced diamond cutters are very likely to break the diamond. Please contact us if you do need to re-polish the diamond or set it into a cremation jewelry ring or cremation pendant.