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What jewellery setting is appropriate for a memorial diamond?

A memorial diamond is an exquisite and amazing form of burial and a fitting way to commemorate a lost loved one. Many clients are faced with the question, “what do I do with a memorial diamond?” or more commonly, “what kind of jewellery is best to commemorate my lost loved one”

In this article, we will discuss the different options that Algordanza offers and also show examples of what other clients have done to pay tribute to their lost loved ones. To begin, jewellery is not compulsory when it comes to a diamond burial. Many clients actually just get the memorial diamond itself. This option is typically picked by clients who plan on placing the memorial diamond at home. Many clients do, however, choose to have the diamond on them, therefore, Algordanza has come up with different selections of jewellery ranging from rings to necklaces. These pieces of jewellery can be as simple as metal encasing the memorial diamond itself or placing the memorial diamond in a pendant with a diamond-encrusted rim. For more religious individuals, there are options that Algordanza provides that may pander to your needs.

There are many options, for Christians, there is a multitude of crosses to choose from. The diamond can be embedded in the cross however you prefer to create a truly magnificent pendant. Our jewellery designer will assist in your design if help is required.

For Buddhists, there is a beautifully crafted pendant that represents protection and dispels fear. Or you may choose something like this custom phoenix pendant (picture below), which is decorated with smaller natural diamonds around it. There are so many different options to choose from when it comes to jewellery for memorial diamonds. With Algordanza, the possibilities are endless. From a simple raw diamond to any form of jewellery you can dream of.

At the end of the day, the choice is yours. Some people settle for just the diamond alone, as they feel that’s it’s safer to keep the diamond at home. Some others prefer having the diamond on their person, in the form of an earring, necklace or bracelet. This may help with the grieving process as it gives the bereaved the feeling like there loved one is with them at all times. Many people even take the memorial diamond to complete the wishes of their lost loved one, such as visiting places that they would have wanted to go. Regardless of what option you choose, Algordanza will be there at every step of the way with our transparency and exceptional customer service. Ensuring you have a good experience and hopefully help you through your time of grievance.

Please email kevin.foy@algordanza.com or call 0800 064 6683 to discuss your options.

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Wearing Memorial Jewellery

Is wearing memorial jewellery cool?

Everyone deals with loss and grief in their own way. If cremation jewellery brings comfort and peace, then why not go with it?

In doing a little research, I bumped into Casey who shared her story after her father had passed away. Casey’s experience is a good illustration. “When my father died, he didn’t have any heirloom necklaces or rings to pass on. Believe it or not, I got the idea for a cremation necklace from the show ‘The Deadliest Catch.’ I thought a necklace for ashes that I could wear every day would be a cool way to remember him. I don’t tell a lot of people about this because it is a touchy subject, but to me, it’s cool.” Casey realizes that some might find it odd, so opts for discretion, while finding personal meaning wearing the pendant.

Pet parents are often drawn to pet memorial jewellery, which seems less burdened with dogma (no pun intended). It brings a comforting, even playful, presence to the wearer, and people are generally more accepting of it.

What about “closure?”
In her TEDx talk, “Beyond Closure: The Space Between Joy and Grief,” Nancy Berns, Ph.D., posits that “closure” is a fabricated concept. We don’t need closure to heal. Furthermore, closure actually distorts grieving.

“As humans, we have the capacity to carry joy and grief at the same time. So what would happen if, rather than telling people to put a lid on their pain, we open the box and listen to people’s stories,” says Dr Berns.

We don’t aim to leave grief behind by finding closure – instead, we lend a hand in learning to live and move forward with grief. In a poignant example, Dr Berns says that in photography and art, it is the shadows that give depth and meaning. Thus, it is light and shadows, joy and grief, that entwine to enrich the dimensions or our humanity.

So, all in all, it does go down to personal choice. For most, memorial jewellery keeps a connection between their loved ones and keeps memories alive with also wearing a beautiful piece of jewellery.

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HOW TO MIX AND MATCH YOUR JEWELLERY

Mix and match your jewellery if you want to feel amazing and create a look that shows the world who you are with a single glance. Hippy chick with a cool boho style or sophisticated businesswoman on top of her game, your outfit works hard to present the right image. Shouldn’t you mix and match your jewellery to do the same?

If you love to wear several pieces at once or seek a way to make your jewellery look coordinated, a few pointers can give you the end result you’re looking for. Learn how to stand out with jewellery that shows everyone you’re a woman of quality.

 

IF YOU LIVE TO WEAR A LOT, MATCHING JEWELLERY COMPLETES A LOOK

Less is more is not a sentiment that everyone lives by. If you agree, you’re a woman who loves to layer on necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. If this is how you enjoy your fashion, be yourself and don’t change a thing.

Consider the benefits of matching jewellery. You can decorate every part of your body, from your neck to your ears and arms, and retain that cool, matching look you were going for from the get-go.

Jewellery acts as a form of expression of who you are. Show the world who that person is.

 

PAIR EVERYDAY JEWELLERY WITH SPECIAL JEWELLERY

If you have a ring or ring set you wear daily or like to use a watch, incorporate that into your jewellery for the day. If you find yourself going out to a party, or dressing to get ahead at work, don’t take off your favourite watch or wedding rings.

Plan to make them part of your outfit. Your jewellery should be an extension of your personality and who you are. Add on the pieces you love, and wear your daily jewellery with confidence.

Gold Festival Layered Necklace
It is the perfect weekend necklace with a T-Shirt and jeans, or style it up with a floral summer dress. You would stand out in the music festival with this effortless chic necklace.

 

TIPS ON MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR JEWELLERY COLLECTION

  • Don’t mix your gold-toned jewellery with your silver-toned jewellery unless the piece has been designed that way. It’s best to wear one or the other, not both.

 

  • Pearls and clear crystals will go with almost anything, so invest in good quality pearl and clear crystal earrings, you’ll get your wear out of them.

    Elegant Pearl Drop Earrings side view
    Wear The Elegant Pearl Drop Earrings as a glamorous and sophisticated addition to your outfits.

 

  • Each summer and winter, buy one or two costume necklaces with matching earrings which are on-trend for the season. This year, multiple chains and necklaces are very fashionable.  Be a bit braver than perhaps you usually would and layer up your necklaces. Check out our guide on layering jewellery here.

 

  • Wear jewellery that gives you confidence. The smallest pieces can have a  precise symbolic meaning: small stones, pop-culture symbols, hearts from loved ones, or mystical elements like the cross or the hamsa sign. But also classic lucky charms – unicorns, wishbones, horseshoes or lucky clovers.  A simple charm may encompass a secret, deep meaning. That’s why it’s so hard to let go of them.

 

GO SHOPPING NOW

Add some new jewellery to your collection, and start shopping now. From necklaces to rings and bracelets, you can update your jewellery box.

You will find something that expresses who you are. No matter what occasion you are dressing for, your jewellery will help you look and feel your best.

Check out the beautiful jewellery items we have for purchase, including the oriental collection and update your jewellery today.

Sterling Silver Cherry Blossom Necklace worn by model
This exquisite necklace can be worn as a fashion statement. It would make a truly beautiful gift for Valentine’s day, Bridesmaids, Birthday, Christmas or any special occasion.

 

 

 

 

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How To Layer Necklaces

 

 

Gold Layered Seashell Necklace worn by a model
Gold Layered Seashell Necklace

 

When it comes to necklaces the latest trend is to layer them up to create your own unique personal statement that makes you feel great and look even better! Why wear one when you can look amazing with 3 or 4!

Follow these techniques on how to layer necklaces and before you know if you’ll be layering like a pro!

1. Pick A Centerpiece.

Start with the main piece as the foundation to layer necklaces with style. A pendant though stunning when worn by itself, can be taken up a few notches when you add layers. A simple pendant is a great place to start, whether it’s a single stone, silver or gold pendant.

Gold Bumblebee Necklace

2. Choose Complementing Chains.

While your chains don’t need to match, you should choose one theme. So, perhaps you’ll stick to one style of chain but mix your metals which is also a big trend right now. Or, you’ll choose all gold chains but incorporate different styles and textures.

Gold Magdalene Medal and Cross Vintage Layered Necklace
Cute beaded gold coloured chains make this necklace a strong fashion statement.

 

3. Mix Lengths

Begin your necklace layering style by picking a few pieces that vary in length. The shorter style such as the Gold Pineapple Necklace goes lovely with Gold Bar Necklace With Engraved Message worn by Meghan Markle.

Gold Bar Necklace With Engraved Message picture of Meghan
A modern design with a timeless sense of style.

4. Personalized layered necklaces for a truly unique style

These types of necklaces are also great to be given as a present to a friend, partner or family member. This way you know you have made your gift very special and memorable for you both. Show your love for those who matter to you most. Engrave your message for who or what means most to you in life and wear your necklace as a constant reminder. Both sides of the bar are available for engraving. Maximum 14 characters on each side.

gold and silver Heart & Blank Bar for Personalization Two Layer Necklace

 

Shop all our jewellery here.

 

 

 

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7 Ways “Good Feelings Jewellery” Can Improve Your Life

While it’s no secret that jewellery is beautiful and easy to admire, body ornaments are more than just spectacles. Great jewellery evokes a powerful, deep-rooted sense of happiness in us all. We call these accessories “good feelings jewellery.”

Here are 7 ways good feelings jewellery can improve the quality of your life

1. Good feelings jewellery allows you to express yourself

In the words of John Mayer, “Your Body is a Wonderland.” He’s absolutely correct. Your body is a beautiful piece of paradise and you should relish in that sentiment every day.
But what’s better than paradise? A paradise filled with bling! Good feelings jewellery can become an extension of your body and soul.

Self-expression is a natural human yearning. So satisfy your yearning by wearing pieces of jewellery that express your mood. If you’re feeling sentimental and gracious, wear a simple heart-shaped pendant necklace. Feeling large and in charge? Wear some gold studded earrings and a bold chain necklace.

Check out our Heart & Blank Bar For Personalization Two Layer Necklace

gold and silver Heart & Blank Bar for Personalization Two Layer Necklace
Show your love for those who matter to you most. Engrave your message for who or what means most to you in life and wear your necklace as a constant reminder. Both sides of the bar are available for engraving. Maximum 14 characters on each side.

Whatever you do, wear good feelings jewellery that makes sense to you and you will feel amazing.

2. Good Feelings Jewellery is Magnetizing

Since the beginning of time, people were drawn to the allure of exquisite precious stones. The magnetizing effect of precious stones and jewellery pieces is contagious. When you wear good feelings jewellery, you emanate magnetism and draw others closer.

3. Good feelings jewellery helps you to feel closer to nature

Let’s face it – most of what you wear and consume is made of highly processed material and ingredients.

It’s easy to become enveloped in your hectic, modern lives and become far removed from the natural, holistic elements of the earth. The serenity of nature has calming effects. Wearing good feelings jewellery with natural stones and elements can help you feel Zen and one with the earth.

Interested in trying out something earthy and fashionable? The iconic bumblebee necklace has great texture and attention to detail but most importantly – it looks great on!

4. Good Feelings Jewellery feels good to the touch

Wearing the right piece of jewellery is comforting and feels amazing. Imagine sunbathing on the beach on a hot summer day. A gust of wind breezes through your necklace and long, dangling feather earrings. The metal and feathers caress your skin ever so gently. Doesn’t that feel nice?

5. Good feelings jewellery can help you remember the good times

Have you ever opened up your jewellery box and found something that was gifted to you by someone you love? A flood of delightful memories probably filled your head immediately.

You cherish that item, not because of its retail value, but because the triggered memories hold a special place in your heart.

One of the best feelings in the world is to love and be loved. With gifted jewellery, memories of good times are bound to happen.

Give a loved one a gift that shows them you care with The Zircon Angel Wings Necklace

Gold, Silver & Rose Gold Zircon Angel Wings Necklace

6. Good feelings jewellery gives you the power to transform any outfit

If you’ve ever grown tired of your usual apparel, wearing different jewellery can help lift you out of that funk. With different pieces and pairings of jewellery, you can dress up the same outfit to achieve a multitude of looks.

Imagine you’re wearing fitted jeans and a loose button-up blouse. To achieve a sophisticated look, pair your outfit with a classic set of pearl earrings and necklace.

For a casual but fun appearance, leave the top couple buttons of your blouse undone and put on a low-hanging fringe necklace, jewel-studded earrings, and some stacking sterling silver rings.

Wear a drop necklace and ear cuffs for a dramatic and bold look. Ear Cuffs are all the rage. Learn more about them here.

Pairing different jewellery with the same outfit can help you achieve different looks and save you the time and money of expanding your wardrobe.

7. Good Feelings Jewelry Bonds You to Others

Good feelings jewellery is a great conversation starter because there is a story behind every piece. If you wear jewellery, you’re bound to receive compliments at some point. The next time someone compliments you, tell her the story behind the piece of jewellery.

Maybe you have an interesting story about its origin, or about the journey it took you to purchase it, or about the special person who gifted it to you. Whatever the story is, you’ve made an instant connection with another person when you begin to tell it.

As you can see, there are many benefits to wearing jewellery. Good feelings jewellery is great for the soul because it brings happiness to your life and ultimately happiness is what it is all about 🙂

silver heart and paw necklace
Silver paw and heart necklace to keep loved pets close at all times

Paw On My Heart Necklace

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MEMORIAL DIAMONDS – Diamonds Made From Hair

Diamonds have long been valued for their beauty, strength and longevity. A diamond engagement ring represents a promise of marriage. A diamond anniversary celebrates 60 years of togetherness. A Memorial Diamond honours the life of a deceased loved one and provides an everlasting memorial keepsake. While the process to create diamonds from cremated remains has been available to families for over a decade, London based, Algordanza UK, who offers Swiss-based H.Q. Algordanza Memorial Diamonds in the UK, is pleased to announce the launch of a new product offering. As of July 1, 2018, these beautiful Memorial Diamonds will now be offered made from hair as well, introducing what was previously a cremation-only option to burial families. Swiss-based Algordanza, a worldwide manufacturer of Memorial Diamonds, uses a high-heat, high-pressure process to transform carbon extracted from the hair into a high-grade certified diamond. Once the process is completed – in five to eight months – the diamond can be set in a piece of jewellery or kept in its display box. The options are virtually endless.

In addition to diamonds made from hair Algordanza also offer ‘Origin Diamonds’ In cases where not enough cremated remains or hair of the deceased person are available, a second Carbon source can be added such as personal letters, diaries or pictures. As hair is almost 50 per cent carbon, it also contains the core material necessary to create a one-of-a-kind diamond keepsake. In addition to allowing burial families to have the option of purchasing a Memorial Diamond, this new service offering also appeals to families who may have shied away from the procedure due to religious beliefs. A lot of funeral directors are really excited about the new option. It basically means that every family who walks through the door is a potential client for a Memorial Diamond. Today, Algordanza creates three types of Memorial Diamonds: Algordanza PURE – diamonds from cremated remains; Algordanza ORIGIN – diamonds which have two carbon sources (cremated remains, plus hair or an alternate carbon source); and Algordanza HAIR – diamonds solely created from hair. The hair can be collected after a viewing or even when the person is still alive. Some people, such as cancer patients, have even pre-planned for the diamond or kept hair collected while going through chemotherapy. Only 5 grams of hair is needed (think a small sandwich bag) which can be head or body hair. It can also be co-mingled with other hair sources such as from a spouse or grandchildren – again not stepping on the toes of beliefs that do not condone the intermingling or dividing of cremated remains.

Algordanza Diamond Casket
Algordanza Diamond Casket

Whether choosing to use cremated remains or hair, the end result is a beautiful heirloom diamond. As Algordanza does not alter the carbon source material, the diamonds usually have a blue tinge depending on the amount of boron present, a naturally occurring substance within the carbon. Since opening shop in 2004, the popularity of the diamonds offered by Algordanza continues to grow. Some families, concerned about shipping the remains or the diamond, have made the journey directly to Switzerland and are often keen to visit. “Our company is very transparent and if you want to see the process, we are 100 per cent for that,” says Kevin Foy, MD of Algordanza UK. “We’ve had families drop off the ashes and we have had families pick up the diamonds. In fact, the presentation of the diamond in Switzerland is a rather formal white-glove affair. Moreover, Kevin says the family never has to worry about their emotional or financial investment. “When the order is placed, a unique serial number is created that carries through the entire process – basically it is tagged on every beaker and test tube, then it is eventually laser-etched into the girdle of the diamond. Lastly, the finished diamond is fully insured on its journey home.” Diamonds have long been a valued symbol of love. With the introduction of Algordanza HAIR, what was once only a cremation option is now available to burial families too, making Memorial Diamonds a universal option for all and also for celebrations such as engagements or the birth of a baby.

For more information, please contact Algordanza UK on 0800 064 6683 or email kevin.foy@algordanza.com

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Diamonds from Pelé’s Hair

(Source: Royal Society of Chemistry)

Diamonds Made from Hair

We had an unusual request to the Chemistry World office this week. A producer from Simon Mayo’s BBC Radio 2 drivetime programme wanted to know if it’s possible to make a diamond from human hair.

Pelé before the final game of his career, Giants Stadium, New Jersey, 1 October 1977. From elliberal.com.ar on a CC-BY-3.0 licence

The query was prompted by the news that Brazilian football legend Pelé had announced a range of diamonds, each made from a strand of his hair, to commemorate each of the 1283 goals he scored in his professional football career.

It seemed a fairly straightforward request – there’s plenty of carbon in hair and it’s certainly possible to make diamond industrially from a carbon source – so I volunteered to take the call.

I read around first, to find some extra facts and figures about diamonds. Most of these come from ‘the internet’, as I didn’t have much time before broadcast, so please forgive any inaccuracies.

Pele’s hair caught on a radio antenna in Hawaiʻi

My search took an immediate, albeit interesting, diversion when I discovered that Pele’s hair is already a known geological phenomenon. Rather than gemstones derived from a footballer’s foliage, Pele’s hair is an extraordinary type of volcanic glass, formed when molten rock is thrown into the air and extruded by the wind into hair-like golden fibres. These fibres travel downwind of the volcano, cool and solidify where they land. These unusual glass structures are named after the Hawaiian goddess of volcanoes rather than the Brazilian godfather of football.

After this brief foray into volcanology, a reworded search confirmed that Pelé really is turning his hair into diamonds, using one of the established techniques for manufacturing synthetic diamond – the high temperature, high pressure, or HTHP method. This is the method that most closely mimics a diamond‘s natural geological formation. As its name suggests, pressures in the vicinity of 7GPa at more than 1700°C are used to grow fairly large stones using a diamond grit seed and carbon dissolved in a molten metal solvent. The exact conditions do vary – one company that makes diamonds from cremains(‘dead dog diamonds’, according to Simon Mayo) uses 5-6GPa at 1600-2000°C. The size of the resulting diamond depends on a number of factors, not least the time for which the conditions are maintained: De Beers once made a 25 carat (5g) stone by holding these conditions for six weeks.

Just in case Simon asked me live on air, I thought I should figure out how big a diamond made from a strand of hair could be, which means estimating how much carbon a single strand of the ex-Santos striker’s hair might contain. Hair is made of a number of different proteins, predominantly keratin, but also contains oils, water and a wide variety of other compounds (hair is routinely used for toxicological or narcotic testing, due to its tendency to accumulate drug metabolites, heavy metals and other toxins). We don’t know what Pelé has been exposed to (if he’s a fan of seafood there may be above average mercury concentration, for example) so I took average values for everything.

An average 12cm human hair (at least in one study) weighs 0.62mg. Making the sweeping assumption that hair contains a nice round 50% carbon by weight, that gives us 0.31mg of carbon from a single strand. If we make another assumption and convert all of that into diamond, we get an unimpressive 0.00155 carat gem. Apparently, each of the Pelé hair diamonds on sale (yours for just £4500) weighs 1 carat. If these gems are pure footballer fuzz, and don’t contain any generic carbon, they would need to be made from around 650 12cm hairs. There are around 100,000 hairs on an average human scalp, so to make the full run of 1283 diamonds, Pelé would need to shave his head completely 8.3 times.

If you’re a committed football fan, these diamonds could be a good investment, and at £4500 are a snip compared to one made from a clip of Beethoven’s barnet, which sold on ebay in 2007 for £121,000.

 

*Algordanza UK will offer diamonds made from the carbon in hair from 1st July 2018

 

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Diamond Purchase Process

Real Diamonds from Cremated Remains & Hair

Most people don’t ever feel OK or all right about the loss of a loved one. Accepting the reality that our loved one is physically gone and recognizing that this new reality is the permanent reality is heartbreaking. We will never like this reality or make it OK, but eventually, we accept it. We learn to live with it. It is the new norm with which we must learn to live. We must try to live now in a world where our loved one is missing.

A memorial diamond is the most precious way to keep your loved one with you at all times. The ALGORDANZA memorial diamond is a genuine diamond and shows the same physical, chemical and optical properties as a natural diamond.

On average, the cremation of an adult human being generates 2.5 kg of ashes. We need at least 500g of these ashes or at least 10g of hair (the average haircut for most) for the synthesis. An Algordanza representative will visit to do the necessary arrangements or we will contact your local funeral director to do so. To create a memorial diamond, we have to simulate the conditions, under which a natural diamond forms itself over decades. Diamonds are created under vast pressure and enormous heat naturally in the earth.

The carbon, isolated solely from the provided cremation ashes or hair, is submitted to our high temperature high pressure machine. The molecular structure of the carbon first becomes graphite and as more heat and pressure are applied, the atomic structure of the diamond is formed.

Select size & Cut

You may select your preferred size and favourite cut for your memorial diamond or decide to keep the rough diamond as it uniquely formed itself. Sizes start at 0.15ct for family diamonds (3 or 4 in total) and 0.3ct for rough and singular cut diamonds.

Choose the Cut of Your Memorial Diamond

diamond cuts
All diamond cuts available from Algordanza

 

Complete the Order Form and make a 50% deposit with the balance due at delivery or use a payment plan

Payment Plans

We offer individualized payment plans. Payments start as low as £180 per month. ALGORDANZA offers 0% interest memorial diamond payment plans with no finance fees.

Jewellery Setting

ALGORDANZA Memorial Diamonds are a beautiful tribute to your loved one and because each diamond is unique we feel it should have its own unique setting. Our Hatton Garden jeweller can create a custom setting for your one-of-a-kind memorial diamond.

Algordanza memorial diamond
Bespoke Diamond Setting

Diamond Case and Certificate

Your ALGORDANZA Memorial Diamond comes in a noble diamond case along with the ALGORDANZA certificate of authentication. With this certificate, we guarantee the authenticity, weight, cut and colour of the diamond. Furthermore, we guarantee the origin of the entire carbon source from the received cremated remains.

Algordanza Diamond Casket
Algordanza Diamond Case

Contact Us to Get Started

We would love for you to visit us at our laboratory in Switzerland or our UK office. For more information or to arrange a visit to your home please call us at 0800 0646683 or email uk@algordanza.com

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Why is Memorial Jewellery so Popular?

gold cross memorial pendant with celtic engraving

Why is Memorial Jewellery so Popular?

The idea of parting with a loved ones ashes is a hard decision and so when it comes to deciding what you would like to, it has become a popular solution to turn to memorial jewellery.

The thought of scattering ashes can take families years, as they feel they cannot separate themselves from their loved ones. Memorial jewellery only requires a minimal amount of ashes to deliver a specialised gem, so you can keep your loved ones close, and still scatter their ashes somewhere special.

The memorial piece doesn’t necessarily require ashes. It can be made with a lock of hair, or even a dried flower from the funeral, set into a pendant. Memorial jewellery isn’t just about what you are sealing inside, but what it represents. It is an over-romantic, personal piece of art that stays close to the heart.

Memorial jewellery enables families to create unique and priceless heirlooms to store the memories of their loved ones. It allows them to hold them near and pass on their memory to family in the future.

 

Pet Cremation Jewellery

Memorial jewellery is also a way of holding onto family pets in a subtle, sentimental and personalised way, instead of alternative options like keeping their ashes in an urn or taxidermy.

Pet Cat Memorial Locket

The style of memorial jewellery that most fits your needs can range from a cremation diamond to hand-blown glass pendants. They are also available in different styles, colours and can be made to fit any type of jewellery, earrings, rings, necklaces etc.

Each piece is made individually and to your specific needs, so every memorial gem will be unique and will give you the closure you desire for your loved one. The range of options for memorial jewellery means there is a price point for everyone wanting to memorialise their loved one in a beautiful jewel.

Source – https://rowlandbrothers.com/memorial-jewellery-popular/

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Natural vs. Synthetic Diamonds

Doing that whole down on one knee thing? If you’re considering buying a rock you should know science has come up with a way to make stones that look exactly like natural diamonds. Sound unromantic? There are some pretty compelling reasons to consider…

Here’s what you need to know.. First of all, when we’re taking synthetic diamonds we’re not talking fakes. These ain’t no cubic zirconia. These stones are virtually identical, right down to having the same optical, physical and chemical properties as natural diamonds.

Natural diamonds are formed when carbon is compressed deep in the Earth’s crust for millions of years under intense heat and pressure. Synthetic diamond producers simulate the same conditions but speed up the process.  So instead of millions of years, we’re talking weeks! Natural diamonds are mined; synthetic diamonds are grown. There are a couple of methods, but both start with a diamond seed – that’s a tiny piece natural of synthetic diamonds. It acts as a template that forces carbon atoms to align in the same lattice crystalline structure that makes diamonds so sparkly. The result? Natural and synthetic stones are chemically identical and you can only tell the difference in a lab. In fact, since a lab-grown diamond is virtually a diamond, one grower’s group is lobbying the US Federal Trade Commission to prohibit the word synthetic when describing them. They prefer the word cultured.

Natural stones can have significant Eco and ethical costs. Mining can have serious environmental effects. Synthetic stones, on the other hand, have a much smaller footprint. There’s also a difference between synthetic and simulated diamonds. If a diamond says it’s synthetic or lab-grown, it’s a diamond – just not one that came from the ground. Stones that are sold as simulated diamonds and diamond substitutes like cubic zirconia, clear quartz and moissanite are sparkly, but they’re not diamonds.

So if you like it and want to put a ring on it, there are options.

Source – CBC Marketplace