Lifegem Diamonds: Would You?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Life Gems Creepy or Awesome?
    Creepy! : (45 votes)
    39 %
    Awesome! : (20 votes)
    17 %
    A Little of Both : (50 votes)
    43 %
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    CREEPY!!!!!! definitely not honored, lol

    Post # 4
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    784 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    i wanted one…badly….made with my all-time favorite pony’s tail carbon. However, they are prohibitively expensive and they cannot guarantee the color or clarity of the stone you get. in additin, I question whether it really does contain the carbon from what you send them. after ore research I found that while they say they use your carbon, it is a tiny percentage of the total carbon used in the diamond. since there is no DNA, it is impossible to verify that they used your carbon, or that the resuting stone contains that original carbon. I am a pessimist by nature……but my instinct says it is a scam. A brilliant scam, but nevertheless, a scam.

    Post # 5
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    :

    I feel the departed are best respected, remembered and honored by fond memories and stories. Maybe photos. 

    To this I’m going to say

    nope

    nope

    nope

    nope

    nope

    Post # 6
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    449 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @Susanlee178:  I didn’t know this was a thing! I was literally thinking of this idea last week! I would do it. I know a few people who wear their loved ones remains in little vials as necklaces. So for me this would be way more convienient.

    Post # 8
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    8425 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @Susanlee178:  I wanted to do this with my pet’s remains, but it’s crazy expensive.

    Post # 9
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    6407 posts
    Bee Keeper

    You know what I don’t like? They’d have to cut away a large portion of the stone created, to facet it. Assuming that no portion of the body was disposed of to create the stone, you still have a big loss there.

    I’d rather the unfaceted stone. I’m liable to knock an urn over, so I like that it would be a soild stone. I also don’t prefer the stone to be bleached or colored. It would probably be naturally included and dark, and that seems suitable to the meaning. The stone itself could have a place of honor, similarly to how urns have such places.

    This would only make sense if the person indicated that this was what they wanted before they died, of course. For me, the most important thing is to honor the wishes of the person.

    I do not think it is suitable as an engagement ring, which is about the living couple and celebratory – so all the wrong symbolism. The stone should be about the dead person and mourning. As to whether it could be set in mourning jewerly, I don’t have strong feelings one way or the other. I think a special spot on the mantle would make more sense for me, personally.

    Post # 10
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 1997

    I agree about honoring the wishes of the person who has died, first and foremost. But they don’t use even a fraction of cremated remains to create a diamond. Indeed, they could likely create at least 100 diamonds from the cremated remains of one individual, so they just are sent a small portion and the remainder of the ashes are left with the family to bury or scatter or keep. 

    I would not use the stone as engagement jewelry, but it doesn’t strike me as any more “creepy” than other mourning jewelry, especially jewelry that contained a lock of hair from the deceased. The cost, IMO, is prohibitive for such small stones, and although the numbers will grow of people who choose this, I expect that overall numbers will remain quite low.

    As an alternative, they can also create glass pendants from cremated remains, and that sort of thing is far more affordable and seems to be more popular, especially for those choosing this option to remember a pet as opposed to a human relative. 

    Post # 11
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2013

    @Susanlee178:  err… could they be any more vague about what the process involves? Hair into diamonds. Something’s missing there.

    Post # 12
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I actually thought of it.  My teenage son died 2 1/2 years ago and I thought it might be nice to have a diamond from a lock of his hair that I could wear as a pendant. 

    The main thing that stopped me was the fact that I can’t PROVE it’s not just some jewelers remnants instead of made from my son’s actual hair.

     

    Post # 14
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I would do thisi, though obviously only if it was something the person had been okay with before they passed. The cost of the LifeGem + cremation is still less than most traditional funerals!

    Post # 15
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @Susanlee178:  I’m really surprised that people find this creepy. I find it awesome and now I wonder if I’m super weird. 

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