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Heart in a Diamond

Over time photos can fade and discolour, and souvenirs don’t always suit your taste or inner feelings, but there is one thing that will help you keep the memory of your life’s greatest milestones close to your heart forever - diamond jewellery. Farewell Magazine talks to Lynn Smith who takes comfort from her very special Heart In Diamond.


osing a loved one suddenly leaves behind lots of memories to be cherished. With photographs, treasured items and a lifetime of shared

experiences, the life shared does not fade away. But Lynn Smith, who lost her husband earlier

this year, knew that she wanted something very special that she could carry with her always – a Heart In Diamond. With the help of the funeral director, Lynn

found out about Heart In Diamond, a company that makes diamonds from the ashes or hair of a loved one. Lynn said: “Brian was in the chapel of rest for

two weeks before his funeral and I went to visit him every day, which was a surprise to me. I didn’t think I would want to. “I got to know the funeral director very well and he told me about having pieces of jewellery made with the ashes; he thought it would be something that I would take comfort in.” Lynn’s funeral director contacted Anita

Bolton, the UK operations manager of Heart In Diamond, who made a personal visit to see Lynn in the comfort of her home, in Lichfield. “Anita came and talked me through the whole

process step by step. She was very understanding of what I was going through, having lost her husband only 18 months previously.” said Lynn. Lynn chose to use some of her husband’s

ashes to grow a diamond, a white princess cut, set in a platinum ring. Just 100g of ashes are needed to grow the diamond in the Heart In Diamond lab. The precious stones are made by extracting the carbon from the ashes, which will then be used as the diamond growing foundation to create the very personal diamond. Each order takes between 70 and 120 days

to be created and is hand delivered to your doorstep. All the diamonds are 100% real, with exactly the same optical, physical and chemical properties as an Earth-grown crystal. The same 4C’s characteristics - colour, clarity, cut and carat

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- apply when grading your Heart In Diamond. Lynn said the day her ring was delivered was

very emotional. She said: “It was everything that I hoped for and much, much more. It’s perfect, stunning. It’s one-of-a-kind; no one else has one like it anywhere in the world. “I wear Brian’s wedding ring and watch, which

are very precious to me, but they’re not the same as having something that is made out of him. Before I had I my diamond, I used to come home and talk to Brian’s ashes about what I had done that day. I told him where I had been and who I’d seen. “But now he goes everywhere with me and

I don’t feel like I need to tell him anymore, because he’s with me all the time and he’s gone where I have. It’s very comforting to know that he is always so close.” And Lynn said that her ring had been the subject of so many questions since she started wearing it. “Wherever I go I have people asking me about it and they can’t believe where it’s come from when I tell them,” she said. “But neither can I; I can’t believe it’s made from Brian’s ashes and has been grown artificially. “Many of my friends and family have said that they wish they knew about it when someone close to them died. But, as is often the case, the ashes have been spread and there’s no way of getting them back. I feel very lucky to have had this chance to remember Brian in such a way.”

How it works

1 ONCE THE HAIR or ashes sample has arrived at the laboratory, it is analysed to define the chemical composition and extract the carbon out of the material. Just 0.5g to 2g of hair is needed, or 100g of ashes to create your personal diamond.

2 AFTER THE SAMPLE analysis is completed, the carbon contained within will be extracted and added to the diamond

growing foundation, out of which a unique crystalline matrix will grow, creating a personal diamond.

3 THE MIXTURE IS PLACED in the core of the High Pressure High Temperature machine, which recreates diamond growing conditions, similar to those deep in the Earth’s crust where typical high pressure, high temperature conditions are in excess of 60,000 atmospheres and 2000°C.

4 AFTER THE GROWTH phase is completed, specialists will polish and cut your diamond in accordance with industry standards and it receives an Authenticity Certificate containing all the details about your personal diamond.

If you would like any more information about

Heart In Diamond, visit www.heart-in-diamond. Alternatively, you can contact Anita Bolton, the UK operations manager on 020 7060 6230 or via email at

Tips to choose your colour

COLOUR RESEARCH IS GOING on in laboratories all over the world, and colour therapy is being used by psychologists and business people. Сolour is in every part of life. That is why it is so important to choose your diamond colour.

Red RED IS THE WARMEST of all colours, and is the

colour most chosen by extroverts. In China, red is the colour of prosperity and joy. Brides wear

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