What is LifeGem?
The LifeGem® is a certified, high-quality diamond created from the cremated ashes of your pet as a memorial to their unique life. LifeGem® diamonds are molecularly identical to natural diamonds found at any high-end jeweller. They have the exact same brilliance, fire, lustre, and hardness (the hardest substance known) as diamonds from the earth.
Whether you’ve lost a pet or simply want to celebrate your love, the LifeGem® diamond provides a way to embrace your pet’s memory day by day. The LifeGem® is the most unique and timeless tribute available for creating a testimony to their unique life. Your LifeGem® memorial will offer comfort and support when and where you need it, and provides a lasting memory that endures just as a diamond does. Forever. Each LifeGem® as a celebration of life, tells a unique story and represents a new beginning.
Created individually for you.
High-quality created diamonds have been present for many years. These diamonds are created by placing carbon, the primary element of all diamonds, in conditions that recreate the forces of nature. The LifeGem® process differs by using an exact carbon source to create a beautiful and meaningful diamond tribute for you and your family.
In summary, here is how we create your LifeGem diamond…
Step one – Carbon capture
Now, after extensive research and development, we have discovered how to extract the carbon from a lock of hair. This advanced and delicate procedure has been specifically designed to capture almost all of the available carbon in a lock of hair. Our technology works only in a special high-nitrogen, low-oxygen atmosphere. We have refined this process to ensure the maximum available carbon for your LifeGem diamond(s). Originally, we began the LifeGem creation process by capturing carbon from existing remains of your loved one’s standard cremation. While we can, and still do, use this process for those who have previously lost a loved one, capturing carbon from a lock of hair means a LifeGem diamond is now available for anyone choosing cremation or burial… or if you purely want to create a symbol of your precious bond with someone you love.
Step two – Purification
Once captured, this carbon is heated to extremely high temperatures under special conditions.
While removing the existing ash, this process converts your loved one’s carbon to graphite with unique characteristics and elements that will create your one-of-a-kind LifeGem diamond like no other in this world.
Step three – Creation
To create your LifeGem®, we now place this graphite in one of our unique diamond presses, which replicate the awesome forces deep within the earth – heat and pressure. The more time in the press, the larger the rough diamond crystal that results.
Step four – Certification
Finally, our skilled diamond cutters facet your LifeGem diamond(s) according to your wishes, laser etch your unique identifier on the girdle, and certify it for authenticity. All LifeGem diamonds are individually inspected, graded, and identified by world-renowned gemologists trained by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). The world’s finest jewelers use this same certification process.
Colour, Cut and Clarity
Like the most precious and rare natural diamonds, the LifeGem® process allows you to choose from a range of carat sizes and cuts.
LifeGem diamonds are available in brilliant and beautiful yellows and blues. Like a sunset captured in time or a wave upon the ocean, each LifeGem® will have its own individual hue within the color family you choose. In summary, here is how we create your LifeGem diamond…
Carats and Cuts
As the most precious and rare diamond you could ever own, your stunning LifeGem diamond makes a unique statement. Choose from carat sizes ranging from .25ct to over 1.0ct. The most brilliant cuts are round, princess, or radiant, but almost any cut you desire is available upon request.
As one of our clients said about her husband, “He was perfect, yet certainly not flawless. I wouldn’t expect his LifeGem to be without flaws either.” At the LifeGem state of the art diamond facility, we pride ourselves on creating the highest quality diamonds possible, but please understand that this is a scientific process that produces a unique diamond every time. Your LifeGem diamond will have flaws similar to a natural diamond. LifeGem diamond ratings can range from VVS to I.
Information about Cremation
Standard cremation process is as follows:
At the time of death, professionally trained staff will transport your pet to the cremation facility. At the time of cremation, the deceased pet is placed in the cremation chamber. This process usually takes 1 to 2 hours, and is overseen by our trained staff. Once the cremation process is complete, the cremated remains are removed from the chamber. Any foreign material, such as metal from bridgework or prosthetic devices, are removed and typically discarded. The cremated remains are then processed to a consistent size and shape and placed into the cremation urn selected by the family. The cremated remains are then returned to the family. The procedure necessary to create a LifeGem diamond is exactly the same as above; however, eight (8) ounces or half a cup is put aside to be sent to our facility to begin the LifeGem diamond creation process. As always, your pets remains are handled with only the utmost care and respect.
Information about Diamonds
Diamond, the hardest known material is pure carbon, crystallized under a very high pressure and temperature. In nature, such an environment exists only at depths of 90 to 125 miles (150 to 200km) below the surface of the earth. Volcanic eruptions drive the diamond bearing rocks called “Kimberlite” and “Lamproite” to the surface of the earth where the diamonds can be extracted.
What happens next?
The diamonds are mined by numerous and very diverse methods, depending on how the diamonds are presented at the earth’s surface. Some diamonds are freed by erosion and carried along by rivers. Riverbeds are dug away and the river silt is sieved. Another approach is to dredge the sandy coastal strata. Finding diamonds is typically the result of large industrial operations, but occasionally can be found with small-scale methods, or even manual labor. Diamonds are rare. It is usual that 250 tons of rock, sand and gravel must be processed to yield one carat of diamond. The saying goes, “Five billion truckloads of earth for ONE truckload of diamonds.”
Now for some information on the best kept secret. Coloured, or “fancy” diamonds are the MOST rare and priceless diamonds available. Many people have never even heard of coloured diamonds. Almost all of the publicity and advertising for diamonds is slanted towards convincing consumers that white, or more accurately colourless, is the only desirable colour for diamonds. Fortunately, an educated public makes a wiser consumer. Diamonds occur in a wide variety of colours. Many of these colours are very attractive and the diamonds, due to their rarity, are even more desirable than colourless ones. This is especially true of intensely coloured diamonds. You may wonder why, if coloured diamonds are so fabulous, you don’t hear more about them? Most likely, the main reason coloured diamonds are never promoted is the very fact that they are so rare. Why bother to promote something with a very limited supply that you can’t get enough of? Intense, or “canary” yellow is the most common, with only a handful of natural blues and reds even known to exist. The prices for these natural coloured diamonds can easily top $100,000 per carat, with some reaching well over $1,000,000. This is why we are so excited to not only provide you with the most exquisite and timeless memorial of your beloved pet, but also the chance to own the equivalent of one of natures most prized possessions.
0.2 – 0.29
0.3 – 0.39
0.4 – 0.49
0.5 – 0.59
0.6 – 0.69
0.7 – 0.79
0.8 – 0.89
0.9 – 0.99
1 Ct – 1.24 Ct
1.25 Ct – 1.49 Ct
For more information on LifeGem® Diamonds please visit www.lifegem.com
We have met so many wonderful people and heard so many wonderful stories, that we decided to create a forum where it would be possible to share these stories with the world. If you are a LifeGem client, and have not yet introduced your precious pet to the world, why not send us your tribute that we can post on the website. Email us your pet story and let others be touched by hearing your story. Unfortunately, there are many people out their grieving the loss of their precious pet. Maybe your story will give them the support they need to make it through. Our greatest reward is seeing the comfort that our clients feel from their LifeGem experience. We are truly blessed and honored to help families remember those that are so special in their lives.
I want to thank you for the lovely diamond you made of my bright star, Nouri. Thank you for the professional handling of this matter and the lovely box to hold his diamond. Thank you again!
– Heather Shoup
Well, we all got to look at our LifeGems last night as a family. My Mom was speechless (which is a big feat for her) and my brother, sisters, as well the rest of the gang (grandkids, sister and brother-in-law), were very impressed with the diamonds! It’s hard to explain the thoughts (the good thoughts, of course) that go through ones mind when examining a “diamond” that is created from the remains of our father. The timing could not have been any better.
The few times a year (which is usually only once!) that we get together as family and we were able to receive the Gems – it could not have happened any better.
– Jack French
Just wanted to let you know that I received my diamond this morning. It’s absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much. Take care and thanks again for keeping in touch with me all this time and for bringing my Memory Diamond home!
I just wanted to let you know that I took my beautiful diamond to my favorite jeweler today and all he kept saying was that it was a very beautiful diamond. He had heard of LifeGem but never saw one. He put it under the microscope and lo and behold there was my inscription and your number on it! I picked a beautiful setting and can’t wait to get it back.
– Barbara Sherburne
LifeGem Frequently asked questions
What is a LifeGem?
A LifeGem is a certified, high-quality diamond created from the carbon of your pet as a memorial to their unique life.
Are Legacy LifeGem created diamonds real diamonds?
Yes, LifeGem diamonds are considered real diamonds. LifeGem created diamonds are identical in every aspect to natural diamonds. They have the same brilliance, fire, and hardness as any high quality diamond you may find at Tiffany & Co.
What does certified mean?
Our LifeGem created diamonds, like natural diamonds, are authenticated and identified by our world-renown and highly trained gemologists. LifeGem also exceeds all regulated standards in the funeral industry, and by tracking the process from order placement all the way to setting with extreme detail, we can ensure a certified, high-quality LifeGem diamond created from the carbon of your loved one every single time.
How much does a LifeGem cost?
Just as a natural diamond, a LifeGem diamond varies in cost depending on the size you choose.
Is the Legacy LifeGem made from remains or ashes?
The proprietary LifeGem creation process creates diamonds from the true essence of our pets, the carbon. Our families receive the ashes as all others do when choosing cremation, except our families also receive a certified, high-quality LifeGem created diamond to memorialize their pets’ unique and wonderful life. This process of creating a LifeGem begins with a portion of the cremated remains from any standard cremation. From here, we extract the carbon to begin the LifeGem.
What kind of research has gone into making the Legacy LifeGem?
The LifeGem team spent over four years researching the need for a new memorial and developing the certified, high-quality diamond with some of the best scientists in the world, to ensure families get the quality and comfort they expect from a LifeGem diamond.
What sizes (in carats) can the Legacy LifeGem be?
A LifeGem can be between .20 carats and 1.25 carats, with the same quality of the diamonds you
would find at any high end jeweller. Our diamond facility expects to be creating diamonds of up to 3.0 carats in the very near future.
How many Legacy LifeGems can be made from one individual?
LifeGem owns the most advanced technology and knowledge in the diamond creation industry. Our process is so streamlined, we are able to create over 100 certified, high-quality LifeGem diamonds as memorials for each family if they so choose.
The LifeGem techniques create some of the most valuable diamonds in the world, both because of the diamond quality and the memorial it creates. A LifeGem is also rare because they come in colors uncommonly found in nature. Our overall quality target is at the VS level.* * Due to the scientific nature of this process, your LifeGem will contain flaws much like natural diamonds. Although they will be stunning to the naked eye, clarity value minimums cannot truly be stated.
What color is an Envirocin LifeGem diamond?
Like the most precious and rare natural diamonds, LifeGem diamonds can currently be created in light, medium, and intense shades of yellow or blue. Due to the unique nature of our scientific process, every single LifeGem will be a different shade, like a sunset captured in time or a wave upon the ocean. The elements and unique makeup of your loved one’s carbon directly affect the resulting color of your LifeGem diamond(s).
Why would I want a coloured diamond?
Like the rarest diamonds found in nature, known as “fancy”, our stunning colored LifeGems make a unique statement.
What is the process used to make an Legacy LifeGem?
LifeGem’s unique technology replicates the natural diamond creation process within the earth to create a certified, high-quality diamond in just a matter of months. The entire process of creating this beautiful and unique LifeGem memorial for your family includes purification, creation, and finishing (faceting and certification).
Can you create an Legacy LifeGem from a lock of hair?
Yes, a LifeGem can be created from a lock of hair. We will capture the carbon from the lock of hair you provide. The larger the lock of hair, the more carbon we will be able to collect. As always, we will work with what you have.
Can you create an Legacy LifeGem from individuals previously cremated?
The most widely chosen process to create a LifeGem is to start with the cremated remains. From here, we are able to extract the remaining carbon to begin the LifeGem diamond creation process.
What if I have less than the requested amount of material?
We have been able to make a diamond out of as little as a tablespoon of cremated remains or a few small wisps of hair. The amount of remains or hair will not affect the size of the LifeGem diamond your order. You can order any size Option Range. If I want 2 or more diamonds, do I need to send in more than 8 ounces? From just 8 ounces of cremated remains, we can extract enough carbon to make all the diamonds that a family wants. We can store this carbon for the family after their order is completed, in case they should ever want replacement or additional LifeGem diamonds created.
How long does it take to create a diamond?
Typically, it takes about 6 months to create a yellow diamond and 9 months to create a blue
diamond. Throughout the process, we notify our families via email when major milestones during the process have been completed. Our families can also call us or log into our website for a status update at any time.
How can I be sure that the diamond I receive contains the carbon from my loved one?
Legitimacy is our highest priority. As soon as an order is received, we immediately assign a unique 16 digit tracking number. This number follows the diamond throughout the entire process. Multiple system checks occur at each stage of the process to ensure that order integrity is retained.