3 Concerns to Consider Before Buying a Cremation Diamond
When your loved one passes on, it’s natural to feel you’ll do anything to keep them with you. In today’s market there are so many ways to hold a loved one’s physical presence close. The most traditional, of course, is to place their ashes in a memorial urn and display it in a prominent area of your home. Increasingly, however, those who desire to commemorate a loved one are turning away from urns and toward memorial diamonds: brand-new precious stones created from the loved one’s ash. However, is this really the best way to remain connected to one we’ve loved and lost?
Memorial diamonds, also known as cremation diamonds, offer mourners the option of not just having their loved one’s remains, but wearing them everywhere. Instead of being interred or placed in an urn, the deceased’s ashes are sent in to a special facility, where the carbon from the ashes is compressed into a diamond using an accelerated version of the natural formation process. The diamond is then set in a pendant, ring, pin or other jeweled token that can be worn and passed down like other fine jewelry.
While creating a memorial diamond from cremated remains may sound like an ideal way to hold a loved one close for a lifetime, there are some serious and overlooked drawbacks. By contrast, the Memori Diamond was designed to address these concerns. Memori offers the best of the memorial diamond—tangible connection to a loved one’s physical form—without requiring a single piece of their remains. Instead, each nearly colorless, high-quality Memori Diamond contains a laser-engraved portrait of the loved one who has passed. Wearers can hold their loved one close every time they don the jewelry. They can also view the beautiful portrait as often as they like, or share it with others, by means of a special magnifier included with the purchase.
So what makes Memori a better, smarter investment than the more well-known memorial or cremation diamond? Here are a few factors to consider:
1) Cremation jewelry violates some religious traditions.
Are you or your deceased loved one Christian, Jewish or Muslim? For some sects within these faiths, the incineration of body and bone is believed to prevent safe passage into the afterlife, or to displease God. Most notably, and as recently as several weeks ago, Pope Francis himself issued a statement putting strict parameters around the use of cremation among Catholics. “The Vatican decreed that the ashes of loved ones have no place in the home, and certainly not in jewelry,” explains a recent New York Times article. “It urged that cremated remains be preserved in cemeteries or other approved sacred places.”
For those who identify with these and other belief systems that oppose cremation, a Memori diamond offers a beautiful, sacred alternative to memorial jewelry.Because Memori honors the image of the loved one, without violating the substance of the body, mourners can rest assured that they’ll maintain a strong connection to the deceased while laying their full remains to rest.
2) Cremation and memorial jewelry is costly.
The financial investment of a memorial diamond generated from ash can present a real barrier to purchase for many deserving families. When creating a memorial diamond, one must consider the cost to ship a loved one’s ashes and send them through the diamond creation process, not to mention setting the stone after it’s been created. Even the smallest cremation-generated memorial diamond runs in the thousands of U.S. dollars—which must come on top of the costs of cremation itself.
When choosing a Memori diamond as the memorial stone, loved ones can select from a wider range of sizes and styles that fit their budget. Memori stones are I-J grade and nearly colorless, and are set in 14K white gold. Yet the investment for many Memori stones is considerably more modest than any cremation (memorial) stone on the market today. Memori is truly is a personalized memorial tribute that’s designed for everyone.
3) Cremation diamonds preserve substance but not image.
Perhaps the popularity of the memorial diamond, created with ashes, lies mostly in its ability to help mourning loved ones feel close to the one they have lost. Undeniably, there is great power in keeping someone’s tangible substance near your heart or on your finger. But how much more powerful might it be to have not just the substance of the one you love, but the ability to gaze upon their face? While a memorial diamond generated from the ashes of the deceased does create a token from his/her substance, it does not preserve an image for the loved one to carry around.
By contrast, the Memori Diamond offers something that no other diamond memorial offers on the market today: an indelible, enduring portrait. No one can scratch off or erase the face of the one you love from the surface of that diamond. Anyone wearing a Memori Diamond can view gaze upon their loved one’s face as often as they like. The image and the story of the deceased can be shared with others, or kept quietly to oneself as a silent tribute.
While cremation diamonds—also known as memorial diamonds—may seem like an excellent option for commemorating your loved one, they can offer unwanted religious challenges and expenses. And they simply cannot offer the joy and connection of gazing on your loved one’s face. Rather than cremating your loved one, consider honoring their remains with a burial ritual and celebrate your love for them instead through a beautiful Memori diamond.
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