Still searching for something to do with grandma's cremated remains? Well, then, an outfit growing in popularity in Hong Kong and Canada may have just the answer for you: Remembrance Diamonds.
What's a Remembrance Diamond, you might ask? It's exactly what it sounds like. A company by the name of Algordanza, in collaboration with Remembrance Diamonds Corporation, will turn the cremated remains of your dead friends and family into a quarter-carat diamond ... for a small monetary fee.
I was first tipped off to this ingenious entrepreneurial endeavor by CBC News, which cites a CNN report indicating that turning dead grandma into a diamond can range from $3,000 to $37,000 depending on the size of the gem.
describes the process by which dead people are turned into precious gems:
Scott Fong is the director of Algordanza, Hong Kong's only maker of "remembrance diamonds," reports CNN.
His company sends ashes from a cremated body to their Swiss lab, where the body's carbon is filtered to more than 99 per cent purity. It is then exposed to volcanic heat and pressure. In approximately nine hours, a quarter-carat diamond is born.
Now check out this appropriately titled video: "How To Make a Diamond from Human Ashes"