I adopted my dog Samson when he was 5 weeks old we call him Sam for short. It was love at first sight, he was an all black, furry little ball that fit right into the crook of my arm, and as soon as I picked him up, he cuddled right in and promptly fell asleep.
He is now 8 years old and is a large part of our everyday lives. We no longer have any children at home, so it’s just him and our two cats Pepper & Penny.
I know that when anyone of them passes away, it is going to leave an enormous void in my life, as I’m sure that most of you who have pets will understand.
While I was at the hairdresser the other day, somehow the conversation turned to diamonds made from the cremated ashes of the deceased.
I knew a family who had lost their husband and father, and they had his ashes made into a diamond. Before this, I had never heard of such a thing and remembered thinking wow what a novel idea.
This family had put the diamond inside a glass case with a little plaque showing the dates of his birth and death.
I thought if it was me, and my spouse had died I think I would rather put the diamond in a ring or a necklace rather than a sterile glass case, but everyone is different.
When I mentioned this to my hairdresser, she became very interested and loved the idea and stated: “I could do that with my dog!”
At the same time, we both turned around and saw her dog (still breathing) who was laying behind us on the floor. Her dog was a regular fixture at the Salon, and that was part of the reason I liked going there.
She then said that her dog had been diagnosed with cancer. Needless to say, her dog did not have much longer to live.
She showed me a large sterling silver cross that she was wearing around her neck and pointed out that the center of it came out and could be replaced with a diamond made out of her dog’s ashes.
I thought what an excellent idea, it was like the cross was made especially for that, and maybe it was.
It was this conversation that gave me the idea for this post.
I knew of a school teacher years ago that kept her two little dogs ashes in cookie jars in the kitchen on a shelf. At the time I thought it was odd, but that was before pets became a part of my life.
I think she would have probably appreciated another option to preserve her pets if she had known about them.
I was quite curious about how these diamonds were made, so I found the instructions and have included them below.
How Diamonds are Created using Cremated Remains
The ashes of the cremated remains are placed into a crucible which is capable of sustaining immense heat. The temperature is then raised to over 5000 degrees Fahrenheit.
You then cook until the carbon has turned to Graphite, this process takes a few weeks.
Once it has converted to graphite place it in a core with a metal catalyst and a diamond seed crystal and then into a diamond press.
Raise the temperature to about 2500 degrees Fahrenheit and the pressure to about 800,000 lbs per square inch. It will again take several weeks for the graphite to become a rough crystal.
The crystal can then be cut and shaped into diamonds using specialized tools.
People who don’t and have never had pets will likely not understand the whole keeping your pet’s ashes thing, but when you have had a dog or cat as part of your family, you will appreciate how comforting these alternatives can be.
Diamonds are not the only way to preserve your pet’s ashes, I have listed a few other traditional methods below.
The diamonds come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. They are probably the most expensive option and range in price anywhere from $750 up to thousands of dollars. You can look at the assorted styles and prices on Life Gem for Pets
There are several different types of jewelry that can be used to store your pet’s ashes in. There are lockets, rings, necklaces, keychains, and bracelets. They are a much cheaper option than the diamonds, but I think just as valuable. You can look at these options here.
I think urns are relatively common, and most people know about them, but they have some really unique types that you may not have seen before. There are many different designs and looks. Take a look at them here.
4. Garden Stepping Stones
These are things that I had not really thought of, and I think it would be kinda nice to have a garden stone of your pet in your yard, I do have garden stepping stones in my yard although not of any of my own pets, I do like the idea. There are some here to look at.
5. Pet Burial Pods
If you decide to forego the above options and just want to bury your pet, there are also burial pods available for that purpose. They come in small and large and are available here.
Nobody wants to suffer the loss of a beloved pet, but unfortunately, it does happen. I hope some of these ideas will help you preserve them and keep them close in your hearts and in your memory.
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