19 April 2011
It was a very tragic and untimely death for such a
beautiful young woman, struck down at the tender age of 17. The family wanted the funeral to be something
special. She had not yet reached the age to be given an important family
heirloom, a beautiful ruby ring that had belonged to her grandmother and was
being held for her until her 21st birthday that she would never see.
So to honor the request of the grandmother, the ruby ring was put on the young
girls hand as she lay in her coffin. The family was so touched that the young
girl would wear her grandmother’s beautiful ruby ring for all eternity….until,
that is, the coffin was lowered into the ground and the dirt started to cover
it up. Then members of the family started asking….“What the hell were we
Grief. It makes us do strange things. It also makes
us vulnerable, and gullible. That is what these guys selling “cremation
diamonds” are countin on based on our research. Want to see why? Read on….
The cremation diamond industry has a reputation that
is short on life span but long on questionable tactics. And before consumers
request that your loved one’s ashes be turned into diamonds, there are a few
facts about the people selling these that you need to know before you take that
Attachment 128In 2008 the ISG did an evaluation of LifeGem. These
folks offered the image you see at left. This is the actual image taken from
the LifeGem promotional material. We want to quote from this image: “Here is one row of twenty LifeGem diamond
But it was found that this image was actually taken
in 2002 at a Russian diamond lab that disavowed any connection to LifeGem, and
stated that this image has been in the public domain for years. When confronted
with the facts LifeGem had to finally admit that in spite of their claims,
these are not their diamond making presses and they do not actually own any
diamond making presses. In fact, when
you purchase a LifeGem cremation diamond the ashes of your loved one is supposedly
sent to Russia.
Attachment 129In case anyone doubts the above photo situation with
this now famous image, at left is the same image used again by
CremationSolutions on their website. This image is of BARS diamond presses and
is public domain according to the people who actually own these presses. But
the image seems to be used by a variety of these cremation diamond folks to
claim them for their own.
We will get back to these folks in a moment.
Although they claim to be a “global distributor of
custom laboratory grown diamonds….”, the best we could verify is that this
company is owned by a single individual, Tom Bishoff, who by his own admission
gets his diamonds from a Russian lab in St. Petersburg, Russia. Perusing his website I found no plausible verification
that could prove that the same ashes that supposedly go to Russia come back in
a diamond. Claims? Yes. Proof? None.
Attachment 130Although they claim to be a world-wide organization,
the US office of this company is shown in the Google map at left. The address
is straight off the Contact Us page of their website at
It is interesting to note that the phone number is a land line located in
Spring Texas while the mailing address you see at left is located in Conroe,
Texas. As Texas goes they are fairly close, but The Woodlands is between them and they are in different counties in
the Houston area.
Attachment 131What’s even better is that the domain is owned and
operated by a person out of Mexico City, Mexico. A WHOIS search copy is seen at
right. Now, this does not prove any
chicanery going on, but would you really trust your loved one’s ashes to these people
and expect to get a real diamond that contains these ashes? You have to ask
yourself that question when looking at the Google map.
Speaking of WHOIS searches….if you wonder how easy
it is to get into the cremation diamond business, here is an example.
Attachment 132Notice that the cremationdiamonds.com domain is
owned by the Orange County Commercial Realty, Inc. of Dana Point, California.
Yes sir, all you need is a domain name, a mailing address,
and a Russian friend with connections to a Russian diamond growing lab and you
too can be in the cremation diamond business.
But let’s talk about profits.
Big Profits Await You in Cremation Diamonds
Attachment 133At left you see the order box for Cremation Solutions. We use this here simply for the purpose of
evaluating their claims.
Note that you can simply dial up the diamond size,
shape and color that you wish from your loved one’s ashes. What is amazing is
that only the cremation diamond people seem to have this technical ability. The
major diamond synthesis labs say that it’s just not possible to do this to the
degree that the cremation diamond people claim. But over and over these folks
claim that you can simply say how big,what color, what shape, and how many. And from a cup of ashes you can have your
loved one made in as many diamonds as you wish. Let’s even compare the prices:
Below is a price comparison of three major cremation
diamond producers. Based on cost alone
it appears that the DNA2Diamonds folks are hands down cheaper than the others.
|.75ct Red||.75ct Blue|| 1.00ct Yellow
diamond folks. What if we compared the
cremation diamond products to the Gemesis Cultured Diamonds? Here is what we
found for a 1.00ct Pink and 1.00ct Blue:
|1.00ct Pink||1.00ct Blue|
as expensive as the Gemesis Cultured Diamonds that we have here in the ISG
office (thank you again, Rosemary). The LifeGem prices are astronomical! But
what are we actually getting for our money?
What you get for your money
Here is where the real situation becomes serious.
Based on our research of 2008 regarding the processes and patents, there are
only two ways that a diamond can be made from carbon from a body:
1. To make a complete diamond you would have to cut off grandma’s head and send it
complete with brains and other parts to Russia to have enough carbon to make a
2. You can use cremation ashes, but the very cremation process itself burns virtually
all of the carbon. The result is a diamond which, by the admission of the patents,
contains extremely miniscule amounts of carbon from a loved one that is
measured in PPB (or parts per billion) with the rest being supplied by the
Best Case Scenario: Since funeral homes cannot cut off and
send heads, the ashes have become the norm for this process. So at best,
assuming that all of these folks are indeed making diamonds from ashes, you are
paying over 100% more for a diamond with only minute traces of your loved one’s
Worst Case Scenario: Your loved one’s ashes are never used
in the process. You send in your ashes, they are put into a safe somewhere, someone
in an office orders a synthetic diamond from a lab in Russia, and you are sent
this as being made from your loved one. The diamond you actually receive has
nothing to do with your loved one, but you have paid twice the normal market
price for that diamond.
Now, consider the above with the price difference to
a Gemesis Cultured Diamond, or even natural mined diamond. You have to ask
yourself: Is it worth it to me to pay over 100% more cash for a diamond that at
best….at best, contains miniscule amounts of carbon from my loved one, and at
worst contains no carbon from my loved one at all?
If you really want to honor a loved one, my recommendation
is to go to your local jeweler and buy a nice diamond piece in their honor.
Wear it with pride.
Then, take the difference in purchase price and donate it in the name of your loved one to the Wounded Warrior Foundation or
some other worthy charity and help the living with it. That is most likely what
your loved one would have wanted anyway.
And yes, that story of the young lady and the ruby
ring is true. The family allowed the emotion of the moment to override simple
When it comes to cremation diamonds, consider the
best and worst case scenarios above.
What would your loved one really want you to do with
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