A cup of cremated ashes and a couple grand are all you need to transform your animal friend into a carat of bling
Some grieving pet owners are paying tribute to their dearly departed by turning the cremated remains into bling, reportsThe Wall Street Journal.
How, you ask? It's pretty basic science. Both natural diamonds and their man-made equivalent are composed of compressed carbon—an element found in the body matter of all animals. And while the idea originally began over a decade ago as a way to remember lost loved ones (of the people kind), jewelry companies specializing in this process have begun to focus on deceased pets, thanks to an increasing demand from owners.
To produce a one-carat diamond, less than a cup of ashes, hair or feathers is required, and costs around $1,400 and up, depending on color and carat weight. (For the budget-conscious bereaved, semi-precious gems start at about $250.) The stones can then be placed in a setting and worn as a ring or pendant.
What do you think? Too weird or totally amazing?