Diamonds created from hair or cremated ashes are known as memorial diamonds. Also referred to as “celebration”, “lab-grown”, and “conflict-free” diamonds; memorial diamonds make an economic and eco-friendly alternative to mined diamonds. As the shift towards conservation continues, increasingly people are choosing celebration diamonds for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, and remembrance jewellery.
The diamond-mining industry has caused ecological destruction on Earth. Entire ecosystems have collapsed near areas of extensive diamond mining and enormous craters have caused devastating and irreversible damage. Many countries where most diamond-mining has taken place are known for their harsh child and forced labour practices.
Celebration diamonds grown in a laboratory are a humane and eco-friendly alternative to mined diamonds, which are often referred to as “blood” diamonds. As people become more conscientious of their purchases and how they affect the Earth, sales of memorial diamonds rise.
More than ever before in history, people are choosing memorial diamonds for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, and remembrance jewellery in the UK. Besides the fact that these diamonds are identical to mined diamonds in terms of chemical and physical properties — but cost 20-40 percent less on average and are conflict-free — they are also customizable.
Because they are made from cremation ashes or hair, endless possibilities exist to combine cremains or hair from loved ones or family members. Couples often use locks of their own hair to create an eternal bond of their actual carbon deep within their engagement, wedding, or anniversary ring. Families can also join cremated remains of a loved one with hair from the surviving family members for cremation diamond jewellery. Pet hair can be used alone or in combination with other hair or ashes. Pure carbon is extracted from the sample of hair or ashes mixed together and then used to grow the memorial diamond.