This investigation began in 2007 when consumers approached my office with questions about the validity of claims being made by the cremation diamond companies. At first issue was that the cremation diamond companies were quite secretive about their operations and processes. The second issue was the extremely high price of cremation diamonds due to these company’s refusal to divulge information about their processes based on claims of “proprietary information”. Finally, was the very basic question of whether cremated ashes contained enough carbon to make a diamond, and how much carbon from the deceased person’s cremated ashes was used to create the diamond.
It is, therefore, the purpose of this investigation to answer these three questions:
- How much carbon remains after the cremation process, and how much of that carbon can be expected to exist in a created diamond?
- What is the price comparison of open market lab created diamonds to those reportedly produced by the cremation diamond companies?
- Are the promotional claims by the cremation diamond companies verifiable to a reasonable degree that should allow consumers to have confidence in these claims?
We will take these questions in order. This report is provided free of charge to all consumers courtesy of the Insurance Institute of Jewelry Appraisal Inc., a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Education Organization dedicated to consumer protection.
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