Say "I do" With Grandma on Your Finger

Little did I know when I went in to work this morning that I would stumble upon a website that does something both macabre and fascinating: Life Gems

What is a LifeGem®?
The LifeGem® is a certified, high-quality diamond created from the
carbon of your loved one as a memorial to their unique life, or as a symbol of your personal and precious bond with another.



You read that correctly: Cremate a dead loved one and they'll compress the carbon into a diamond. Frankly, I think they're underreaching. Off the cuff I can imagine a powerful market for these death diamonds in one key area: prestige auctions. 

Imagine the market for diamonds made from historical figures. Who wants to bid on an original Monét when you can bid on the actual Monét (in diamond form)? As long as you have a clever grave-robbing team you can make millions as you tick off lists of historical figures.


Update: thanks to some detective work by Erin, I've been told that LifeGem is in fact already creating diamons from historical figures.

2 comments:

ehurson said...

Whoa. That is creeeepy... and yet kind of fascinating...

ehurson said...

Actually, upon further reading, your idea of high profile personalities made into diamonds is spot on and they are already doing it. Apparently the first one will be made from Beethoven's hair.

http://www.lifegem.com/secondary/LifeGemFAQ2006.aspx#howBeethoven

You can apparently make a LifeGem with the carbon from a lock of hair, so it doesn't even have to be from someone dead. They're planning on making gems from other live celebrities and then selling them for charity. Still kind of creepy, yet intriguing!