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Diamonds might be a girl’s best friend, but what if they’re made out of man’s best friend—or an armadillo? Some grieving pet owners are paying tribute to their dearly departed by turning the cremated remains into bling, reports The 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.
"It's a little eccentric -- not something everyone would do," admits Natalie Pilon, whose feline Meowy passed away last year. "It's a way for me to remember my cat, and have her with me all the time."
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?