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Old 10-12-2005, 11:23 PM   #1
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Would You Have the Nerve to Wear THIS?

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Would You Have the Nerve to Wear THIS?

Chances are when a loved one dies, the last thing you would think to do is turn his or her ashes into jewelry, but that is exactly what LifeGem can do for you. Using super-hot ovens, LifeGem can transform just eight ounces of cremated remains into a blue or yellow diamond. That's right. You can wear your deceased mother on your finger. Would you like a platinum or gold setting with that?

Agence France Presse reports that there is enough carbon in a typical cremated body to make about 20 gems with several pounds of ashes left over to bury, scatter or display on the fireplace mantel. The cost for turning Aunt Mabel into a diamond ring ranges from $2,700 to $20,000. "It's not for everyone," Dean VandenBiesen, vice president of operations for LifeGem admitted to AFP. "We have people that approach us who have just experienced a tragedy and they say I can't wait, I'm so excited about this. In the field of death care, when someone says I'm really excited about this, I think we've achieved what we wanted to do which is change the culture of death."

Blame it on the baby boomers. At least, that's what Mark Musgrove, immediate past president of the National Funeral Directors Association, has done. He blames...er, credits, the boomers with changing the funeral industry. Gone is a somber occasion. In are alternative ways to remember a loved one. While turning Grandma into a diamond may not be all that common (yet), what is common are memorial videos and Web sites devoted to the deceased's many accomplishments.

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Old 10-12-2005, 11:46 PM   #2
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I don't know about the nerve, but I do know that I don't have the money.
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Old 10-12-2005, 11:56 PM   #3
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Actually, I can completely understand why someone would want to do this. My husband works for a large cemetary/mortuary company, and is around death daily. While some feel the need to go visit a gravesite, others may want to have a reminder of their loved one. It's obviously not for monetary gain, rather, a small trinket that you can wear close to your heart and keep that person in your thoughts daily.

I think the writer's source isn't familiar with cremations - As for the "several pounds" left over, there aren't several pounds after the bones disentigrate. There's closer to about 2 pounds total ashes.

PS - you should see what other cultures do with their deceased loved ones. Making a diamond is very American.
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Old 10-13-2005, 12:42 AM   #4
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Old 10-13-2005, 10:19 AM   #5
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What ever trips your trigger. A diamond wouldn't be a bad idea. Look what a box cost to put a body in and then dump it in the ground.
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no.. I don't think so.
I have enough memories to last me a life time.
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Old 10-13-2005, 01:20 PM   #7
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no.. I don't think so.
I have enough memories to last me a life time.
Same here, pds. I'm mortified.

Here a couple of scenarios:

If the ring is out of your price range, we could make up some diamond earring studs.

Or - Might you be interested in a tasteful brooch/broach.

Your fiancee invites you to dinner to meet his parents. You reach across the table and shake hands and say "I'd like you to meet my folks."

You go to wash the dishes and place your "ring" on the countertop. It falls off and goes down the drain. Now you frantically call a plumber.

Bottom line - disreseptful, tasteless and tacky.
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Old 10-14-2005, 04:48 PM   #8
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Tacky, and disrespectul for sure. Can you imagine someone asking you where you got your earrings or ring from? "oh they are from my mother" ...literally! What a crazy notion.
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Old 10-14-2005, 05:33 PM   #9
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I don't wear jewelry anyway.
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Old 10-14-2005, 06:27 PM   #10
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not me!!!!!!
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