Diamonds are forever…so is this a story about immortality? Not really. As the saying goes, diamonds are a girl’s best friend. But now they can also be her mom, dad, aunt…anybody, really.

Swiss company Algordanza can now take the cremated remains of human beings and turn them into diamonds by mimicking high heat, high pressure conditions deep within the earth. Basically, the ashes are reduced to carbon, which is then put into a machine that applies intense heat and pressure for weeks.

The process usually takes about three months, and when it’s all over, the loved ones of the dearly departed are presented with a diamond. They usually come out blue, thought to be caused by levels of boron in the human body, but they can also be yellow, white or even black (one theory is that the diamond comes out the color of the deceased’s eyes).

Running between $5,000 and $22,000, the process costs as much as most funerals – 9 diamonds can be made from the remains of one person. Talk about family heirlooms, eh?

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