Hearing the news that your best friend has died, whether that best friend was a human or an animal, makes you go through the stages of grief. Shock. Anger. Denial. Bargaining. Depression. The emotions that influx after a loyal pet has passed away are intense and can be particularly difficult to work through.
Dogs. Cats. House rabbits. Ferrets. Rodents. Hamsters. Horses. Birds. Many types of animals work their way into the loving hearts of their owners. In the United Kingdom, statistics show that nearly 44 percent of households own pets which puts the pet population at approximately 54 million as of 2017. While most people resonate with the pain of losing some of the more popular pets such as dogs and cats, the loss of any type of pet can be a particularly crushing event in life.
Loneliness experienced by the grieving pet owner results from a feeling of emptiness left behind after the pet has died. If you recently lost a pet, you will miss your loyal and playful companion, whether it was a pet Labrador or other breed of dog, even a domesticated rabbit— life without them just isn’t the same. You may long for your interactions and routines you had with them. Even something as simple as basic pet care becomes cherished memories of the time you spent with your pet.
After it is all said and done, you may be left wondering what to do with your pet’s ashes. Because you want to honour the life of your pet and celebrate their memory you should consider the modern trend of transforming animal ashes into real diamonds.
A psychologist based at the University of Central Lancashire, John Archer, author of, “The Nature of Grief”, conducted a survey where he gave questions to 88 people who had lost a dog or cat in the past year. Emotions experienced by the bereaved pet owners were similar to those felt by people who dealt with human bereavement, such as:
Perhaps the most intriguing result of the study was that ‘disenfranchised’ grief, or grief that is dismissed by others, can be even more painful. When someone loses their pet, often times people surrounding them do not realize how much pain they are experiencing from the loss. Therefore, their grief can often go unacknowledged by those around them.
As a way to pay tribute to their beloved furry friend and cope with grief, many bereaved pet owners decide to have their companion ashes turned into gem-grade diamonds. With Heart In Diamond, the process of having your pet or dog ashes transformed into beautiful diamond jewellery is surprisingly simple.
Yellow diamonds. Blue diamonds. Orange diamonds. Green diamonds. Red diamonds. At Heart In Diamond, you can choose from our multiple colours that encompass the same range of colours and tones of mined diamonds. Even a white diamond can be made from the cremains of your pet. In fact, practically the only type of diamond jewel that we cannot create is a black diamond.
The first thing you have to do to start the diamond-creation process is to collect a sample of your pet’s cremation ashes and send them to our UK-based Heart In Diamond location. If you choose to do so, you can also mix hair samples from yourself or another pet to be combined with the ashes and used to grow the diamond.
Once our professionals at the lab receive your sample, you are issued a diamond ID number which can be used to track your diamond throughout the entire creation process.
Your pet’s ashes are then subjected to extremely high temperatures which extracts the pure carbon from the sample. This carbon is then added to a crystalline diamond-growing foundation where it is actually grown into an authentic diamond when placed inside our high-pressure — high-temperature (HPHT) machine.
A time period of about two months is needed to transform the carbon from your pet’s ashes into a finished lab-grown diamond. Once it is done growing, your red, yellow, blue, pink, brown, green, or colourless gem is then cut and polished by an experienced diamond polisher. Popular diamond cuts available from Heart In Diamond include princess, brilliant, and radiant— but we also provide custom orders as well.
Finally, your new cremation diamond is set into the jewellery you selected from our more than 500 options for rings, earrings, or pendants. When the diamond is complete and has been placed in the setting you chose, it is delivered right to your door. If your UK location is within certain areas, we send one of our company representatives to personally deliver your cremation jewellery to your door. Otherwise, a certified courier will deliver the finished product.
According to a survey from the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), the majority of people in the United Kingdom are concerned about changes to the countryside, biodiversity and the limitations of earth’s resources. The survey, Public Attitudes and Behaviour Toward the Environment, suggested that citizens of the UK are particularly concerned about man’s damages being made to the planet and the disastrous consequences that could ensue as a result.
Because people here in the UK are taking more accountability for the impact their choices and purchases have on the environment and lab-grown diamonds are the same physically and chemically as a mined diamond from De Beers — more consumers are choosing laboratory diamonds, which is putting the diamond mining industry at risk.
You don’t have to live the rest of your life without your beloved pet close by your side. Turn their ashes in a cremation diamond today to carry on their legacy for your lifetime.