The death of a loved one is never easy, and in parts of world where burial space is scarce it can also be a logistical and financial nightmare.
This is why some people are exploring a new way to commemorate those who've passed away -- by having them turned into diamonds.
Scott Fong is the director of Algordanza, Hong Kong's only maker of "remembrance diamonds," reports CNN.
His company sends ashes from a cremated body to their Swiss lab, where the body's carbon is filtered to more than 99 per cent purity. It is then exposed to volcanic heat and pressure. In approximately nine hours, a quarter-carat diamond is born.
While the Canadian arm of Algordanza Memorial Diamonds' website gives no set cost for the process, CNN reports that it can range from $3,000 to $37,000 depending on the size of the gem.
What do you think of memorial diamonds? Would you consider having a loved one -- or your own body -- commemorated in this way?
More entries for category: Community
Meet the Community Team
CBC News Community team, from left to right: Andrew Yates, Andrea Lee-Greenberg, Lauren O'Neil, John Bowman
If you're part of the CBC News community, you're likely to meet one of us: we're the folks working to produce and promote your stories. Read more about us.
Other Your Community Entries
- 2012 (1177)
- Come share your photos and video in the CBC Your News Community!
- Is kettling a valid police tactic?
- Company turns human remains into "memorial diamonds"
- Brides say "I don't" to wedding UGGs
- Ketchup bottle gets revamp from MIT researchers
- Reaction to the Canadian Pacific Railway strike
- Will Quebec's emergency law quell the protests?
- May photo contest: Carnation Fire
- Should striking CP workers be forced back to work?
- Robert Moog doodle celebrates father of synth
- Should government seek clemency for Canadians on death row?
- Ugly Meter app worries cyber bullying activists
- And the winner of our April showers photo contest is...
- What would you add to Avery Canahuati's bucket list?
- Who is Titanic II backer Clive Palmer?
- Trending April 30: Titanic II, Conrad Black
- Should Conrad Black regain his Canadian citizenship?
- CBC's David McKie on investigative reporting
- Should rooftop missiles be installed for London Olympics security?
- Obama and Kimmel high-five at White House Correspondents' Dinner
- March photo contest: the winner!
- Shatner-hosted 2012 Juno Awards inspire fanfare
- 10 readers share their Katimavik stories
- Katimavik defended 26 years after Hébert hunger strike
- Earth Hour, Mega Millions, angry 'Beliebers' in morning trends
- Maple syrup hoarders prepare for shortage
- Top 5 at 5: CBC North
- Would bigger tax exemptions encourage you to shop across the border?
- What were your happiest years?
- Should charities lose their status for protesting?
- Community reaction to the Pierre Poutine revelations
- Top 5 at 5: Business stories
- Lady Gaga and Oprah Winfrey launch anti-bullying foundation
- Davy Jones honoured by fans on social media
- February photo contest: the winner!
- Women take the leap and propose marriage on Feb. 29
- Community reaction to closing of high Arctic lab
- Would you freeze-dry a deceased pet?
- U.S. storm watchers swap stories on social media
- Should Canada create an asbestos registry?
- January photo contest: the winner
- Top 5 at 5: Montreal stories
- Should Peru's uncontacted tribes be left alone?
- Is Ashton Kutcher right to block journalists from his Twitter feed?
- Would you wear Dress Pant Sweatpants in your workplace?
- Where do you donate your used clothing?
- Could a UN resolution help end Syria's unrest?
- Top 5 at 5: Politics stories
- Do you trust a camel that predicts Super Bowl winners?
- Community reaction to the Shafia trial verdict
- May (129)