Woman loses battle to turn dead dad into diamond

April 3, 2007 7:24pm CST
"BERLIN (Reuters) - A German woman's plan to turn her dead father's ashes into a diamond was thwarted Tuesday by her grandmother. A district court in Wiesbaden ruled the 19-year-old could not take the cremated remains to Switzerland where a company creates synthetic diamonds from ashes. "The daughter of the deceased could not provide sufficient proof that it was his final wish to be pressed into a diamond," the court in western Germany said, ruling in favor of his 86-year-old mother. The court said the daughter's views on the care of the remains took precendence over the wishes of the dead man's mother but ruled that any decision had to be in accordance with the expressed wishes of the deceased. The ashes are placed in a press under intense pressure and heat, replicating the forced that create a natural diamond, over a period of several months. Synthetic diamonds have been manufactured from carbon since the mid-1950s." This is crazy - would you turn your dead loved one into a diamond? To wear as a ring, or an ornament in your home (perhaps replacing an urn)?
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@chertsy (3804)
• United States
6 Apr 07
I don't know if I would want my ashes turned into a diamond. Nor could I do that to anyone, I mean what happened after you had it done and you lose the diamond. Your left without a diamond and your loved one forever. Now if that's what my loved one wanted, then I would have no other choice but to fill there last wish.
• United States
4 Apr 07
Now I am intrigued. I want to look into how much ash it takes to do it. I would wear a diamond pendant created from my father's ashes. Diamonds are forever, they are beautiful, and they are a symbol of love. From a logistical standpoint, it's also much easier to pass a diamond down through the family than an urn of ashes. Less of an ick factor.