Diamonds are truly eternal. Urmydiamond , a small company based in Ukraine, uses ashes for making diamonds as a permanent memorable gift for its closest and dearest.
And with prices starting at less than 2,000 euros (2,000 US dollars), jewelry is not the sole domain of celebrity.
“Some people find it helpful to go to the cemetery and mourn, and they leave their grief in the cemetery,” said Andrei Markov, founder of Urmydiamond . “There are people who for some reason do not want this goodbye.
“Surprisingly, these are mostly Christians. They say: “Why should I say goodbye? In any case, I will see my husband in 15 years in heaven, ”Andrei said in his office overlooking the laboratory, where the mystery of turning dust into pure carbon takes place.
The first artificial diamond manufacturing technology was developed by General Electric in the 1950s and reflects nature by exposing carbon to tremendous pressure and temperature.
Urmydiamond — — is one of the few companies offering artificial diamonds that have arisen as technology has improved.
“Some people consider this a great honor and memory,” said Olga Nechaeva from the Gemological Institute of Ukraine. “Technology is definitely getting better.”
Synthetic diamonds have become so widespread that GIA now evaluates their quality, so buyers can evaluate what they get compared to a natural diamond.
Alexander Vitsin, the owner of ZlatoKo’s Kiev engagement ring stores, said that synthetic diamonds are “generally a little cheaper” than natural ones, but it depends on each individual stone.
IN MEMORY FOREVER
Often a gemstone is set in jewelry that the mourners then wear to maintain close contact with their loved one. But some customers have different plans.
Andrei said that one widow carried a husband’s diamond with her in her purse. Others set them on the deceased’s desk in a local bar.
Andrei is surprised at the popularity of commemorative diamonds and amazed at the success of Urmydiamond — he does not give sales data, but said that the first quarter of 2019 was the most successful in three months.
It takes from three weeks to three months to create one memorial diamond, said Dmitry Yurmi Diamond, a technologist at the laboratory.