Is an ALGORDANZA memorial diamond a genuine diamond?
Yes - the ALGORDANZA memorial diamond shows the same physical, chemical and optical properties as a natural diamond. In our production site in Switzerland we recreate the natural formation conditions. Thus, your individual ALGORDANZA Memorial Diamond can grow.
How much does this unique form of remembrance cost?
Our service starts from CHF 4'000.- for a 0,3 ct rough Diamond made from hair. Carbon source, size and cut of your memorial diamond determine the price.
Does the size (weight) of the diamond depend on the amount of used Carbon source?
No - the size of the diamond depends on the duration of the process. The longer the remambrance diamond lasts in the growing phase, the bigger it becomes.
How many cremation ashes do you need for the creation of an ALGORDANZA Pure Memorial Diamond ?
On average, the cremation of an adult human being generates 2'500 g of ashes. We need at least 500 g of these ashes for the synthesis of a cremation diamond.
What happens to the rest of the remains, if I choose an ALGORDANZA Pure Memorial Diamond?
If you do not desire a traditional burial, we leave the remains as long in the process as it takes to transform the entire cremation ashes. Otherwise, we return the remaining ashes to the funeral home in order to entomb them, or we scatter the cremains in our forest cemetery in Switzerland.
Does carbon still exist within cremation ashes?
During cremation, the majority of carbon escapes as carbon dioxide. Inside the cremation ashes remains a carbon concentration of 1-5%. We are able to extract the carbon from the cremation ashes. This carbon will be the basis for the following diamond synthesis of a cremation diamond.
How much hair do you need for the creation of an ALGORDANZA Hair Memorial Diamond ?
For the creation of a hair diamond we need at least 5g of hair.
What can be used as a second Carbon source for an ALGORDANZA Origin Memorial Diamond ?
For the creation this special remambrance jewel you can hand over a personal letter, diary or picture of the deceased person. The personal item along with the amount of ashes or hair available will be the basis for the synthesis of this unique remambrence diamond.
What does ALGORDANZA guarantee with the certificate?
With our certificate, we guarantee the authenticity, weight, cut and color of the diamond as well as the origin of the diamond from the Carbon source given to us.
Can I have more than one diamond from the same Carbon source?
Yes, we are able to create more than one diamond from rhe requested Carbon source. We can specify the number of possible diamonds after detailed analyses of the source in our laboratory.
How long does it take until I can hold my diamond in my hands?
The synthesis takes about 5-8 months beginning from the date of reception of the Carbon source and the receipt of the prepayment. Nevertheless, the synthesis of a diamond is a highly complex process. In some cases, it can take more time. We assure you that quality and precision are our first priority.
Why do the diamonds have different bluish shades?
The coloration depends on the element boron within the diamond. The more boron is bound to the carbon grid the more intense is blue coloration. We do not affect the coloring of the diamond. The unique blueish coloration emphasizes the uniqueness of your personal Memorial Diamond.
Why do Algordanza remembrance diamonds have inclusions?
Our top priority is the respectful treatment of the cremated remains in the process of cultivation of the memorial diamond. Obtaining the carbon from the cremated remains is the basis for the growth of the memorial diamond. Many steps of purification and graphitization are done between the ashes and the carbon extracted from it. Sometimes, in addition to the carbon, some very small trace elements of the cremation remains enter into the crystal lattice and appear in the diamond as inclusions. We regard this as a special proof and feature of the individual origin and the personal character of our unique memorial diamonds and not as a downside. The majority of Algordanza memorial diamonds have a quality level of SI1 or better. But we cannot guarantee a certain quality level due to the special origin of the carbon.
Is it possible to synthesize a diamond even if the person has died and been cremated a while ago?
Yes - the age of the ashes or hair is not relevant for the synthesis.
What is the ALGORDANZA Pre-Need Warranty?
With the ALGORDANZA Pre-Need Warranty, you are able to arrange your diamond burial wish in your lifetime. You acquire the right for your beneficiaries to receive a memorial diamond from your remains according to your wishes.
I have the right of termination in a Pre-Need contract within four weeks of signing. If I make use of this right, do I have to pay anything?
No. We granted you the termination right within a four-week period and it is therefore unconditional.
What if I wish to terminate my Pre-Need warranty contract upon expiry of the four-week period?
Unilateral termination after four weeks is not possible. You placed an order, which we accepted and therefore we entered into an obligation. In exceptional cases, please contact us and we endeavor to find a solution.
Who gets a copy of the Warranty Certificate? Who informs ALGORDANZA of my passing?
You will receive one copy of the warranty certificate and ALGORDANZA keeps another copy. In addition, we provide the nominated trustee with a copy, which secures your right to full disclosure. It is incumbent upon yourself to instruct the beneficiaries of your warranty and/or your funeral director to inform us of your passing. As a safeguard in this respect, we recommend that you arrange with a funeral director ahead of time so that they are mentioned in the warranty certificate and be provided with a copy for their records.
We also recommend storing declarations of intent and our warranty along with all your other personal documents, which are normally accessed first by those entrusted to make the funeral arrangements. Please be informed that it is general practice to open the will after the funeral and burial - by which time it may be too late to execute the Pre-Need warranty.
What happens if the beneficiary cannot, or will not, transfer the final payment?
As the contract was signed between yourself and ALGORDANZA, we cannot pressure the beneficiary to make the final payment, even if it was your expressed wish. To avoid such situations, we strongly recommend that you opt for the VG 100 contract, whereby you pay all of the costs upfront and the beneficiary can receive the Memorial Diamond without hindrance of any sort.
What happens if the Algordanza company is no longer in existence by the time of my passing?
ALGORDANZA is active in more than 33 countries and has been in existence for more than a decade. Its finances are sound and an experienced management team leads it. Therefore, there is little chance of the company failing. In the extremely unlikely event that the company does cease to exist due to unforeseen circumstances, your Pre-Need payment is secured because of its deposit in a fiduciary-controlled account and is therefore safe from any third party or special interest claims.
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