It turns out that a person’s remains do not have to be stored in an urn after cremation. If you can believe it, the ashes of the dead can be forged into diamonds. This is possible because carbon is the second-most abundant element in the body, and diamonds are made of crystallized carbon. A Swiss company is capitalizing on this new phenomenon by offering it 33 countries. Algordanza sold 1,000 diamonds in 2016.

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