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Ashes to...Diamonds?

Science & Tech  (tags: diamonds, lab-created diamonds, memorial diamonds, carbon, Apollo Diamond, blood diamonds )

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Story from Smithsonian Magazine that I read at home and thought I'd share. It's a look at Apollo Diamonds, a company in the forefront of creating real - not synthetic - diamonds by a secret pressurization process that mimics nature.


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RC deWinter (418)
Monday June 23, 2008, 3:11 am
I have never cared for diamonds. I prefer stones that have rich, deep color like my birthstone, amethyst. Jewelry can be beautiful but i think a lot of folks take owning expensive, gaudy jewelry as a sign of wealth too seriously.

However, after reading about how real diamonds can be created in a lab, even using the ashes of a loved one, my interest piqued. You see, what remains of my son is in a memorial box in my closet. He would make a beautiful diamond!

The other thing that I appreciate about these helped-by-scientific-technology gems is that they are not blood diamonds. They are genuine stones that do not rely on the labor of exploited miners for production.

Kathleen Hilliker (293)
Monday June 23, 2008, 4:22 am
I agree that to wear a diamond anymore makes you feel tainted with human blood, and I, too, prefer wearing my two favorite stones - sapphires (my daughter's birthstone), and amethyst (mine).

Thanks for keeping this subject in the news, Cate.

Joycey B (750)
Monday June 23, 2008, 5:38 am
This is so interesting. What they can do nowadays. Thanks for another great story Cate.

Patti R (211)
Monday June 23, 2008, 6:16 am
Fascinating Cate Thank you. The large diamond companies...MOSTLY DeBeers are probably really freaking out over the huge losses that will happen once this really hits main stream and the general public embrace it.
This could be a very dangerous situation for the new up and coming providers.

David Gould (155)
Monday June 23, 2008, 5:10 pm
It is good that they can now grow diamonds for those that want them. I prefer the stones as they come out the ground before they have been fiddled with. Have you ever taken a scoop of sand and put it under a microscope? It is more beautiful than any jeweler's window. Please try it and see for yourself what a beautiful world we share.

. (0)
Monday June 23, 2008, 8:37 pm
i love all the stones especially the rolling(stones) ha ha

Darlene K (356)
Monday June 23, 2008, 11:26 pm
This will be interesting to see how the diamond industry handles this entering the market. They didn't call the traditional ones "blood diamonds" for nothing. I could never buy a diamond, again...and I lost my last, because you just can never know where it came from..., but this story Cate, would be a great alternative, and maybe help with the horror in the diamond trade. Thank you.

Tim Redfern (581)
Tuesday June 24, 2008, 1:17 pm
I' not especially fond of diamonds
or other gaudy gems, but it's sure
wonderful to hear that this process
could bring about the end of "Blood-
Diamond mining".
Thanks, Cate!

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Wednesday June 25, 2008, 1:03 am
Give me an amethyst any day, they're much prettier and you can make them yourself in a rock tumbler:) My Bad

Denise L (503)
Thursday June 26, 2008, 4:36 pm
I'm not into diamonds myself (my favorites are amethyst & blue topaz), but I have heard of having your loved ones ashes being made into a gem. I might contemplate doing this when my doggies go over the Rainbow Bridge (if I can afford it).
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