And if you believe this, I've got a great deal on a bridge...
Actually you better have a great deal on a bridge because this
company does exist and is producing synthetic diamonds using the
ashes of your loved ones. It has been written up repeatedly in the
Maybe I've just become too skeptical/cynical over the years...
I don't question whether the company exists. I just picture them
taking in the ashes, chucking them in the trash, lounging against
the dusty machinery while they munch their sandwiches, then buying
some diamonds and sending them to their clients. Much more
profitable. If customers don't complain, enforcement agencies won't
From the Urban Legends Reference Pages,
Whatever the true feasibility of turning cremains into
synthetic diamonds, it might be best to view that question as a
bit of misdirection intended to distract attention from the
query that should be forefront in anyone's mind. As Mark
Gershburg, director of European Gemological Laboratory (an
independent laboratory that vouches for the quality of
diamonds), points out, it is impossible to distinguish LifeGem
synthetic diamonds from other synthetic diamonds. If that's the
case, what stops LifeGems from producing synthetic diamonds
from ordinary graphite, then passing them off as a bit of your
dear uncle Harry? Indeed, what stops them from buying synthetic
diamonds from other suppliers and reselling them to the
bereaved at large mark-ups? Given that LifeGem is offering its
"created diamonds" for prices ranging from $4,000 to $22,000
for a quarter-carat up to a full carat, such a question should
give any prospective buyer signficant pause.
If I have unfairly maligned a legitimate business, I apologize.