Wednesday, August 27, 2014

How many 'Memorial Diamonds' manufacturers are there in the UK

The simple answer is JUST ONE.  Despite what you may be led to believe, there are currently only FOUR 'MD' manufacturers in the whole world - Russia, Switzerland, America and 'Phoenix' in UK. We are British owned, we charge Sterling and have to pay British overheads. But what is the difference......

I'm expecting my most serious 'competitor' (Russian) to be reading this, but for YOU (my reader and potential customer) I'll offer my opinion.  Personally - and it is my decision, Phoenix would not offer any diamond less than 1/4 carat - it is small enough and it very uneconomical to make just one, so we offer them in 'three's (the equivalent to a 3/4 carat order).

Two of the 'others' will offer 1/10th of a carat - ridiculous, too small, the wind could blow it away and I could buy a 'mined' 10 point white diamond for you for just £22.  Now disregarding their perplexing 'range' where they offer "0.1- 0.19" - so what are you paying for 1/10th or nearly 1/5th??

One website tantalisingly offers "prices start at £185" but beware, it's seemingly for one of four???
Another offers the size "Melee" just to confuse us all. It's still in the range 0.1 to 0.19 - bizarre!
Lets simply work on one diamond 1/10th of a carat

One quotes a 1/10th ct.  at £1395 - that's a CARAT PRICE of £13,950
The other offers 0.1- 0.19 at £2295 - a whopping @22,950 per carat.

Currently, we charge £3250 for a 1/2 carat brilliant cut Canary diamond [£6500/ct] Pro-Rata
We offer 0.33ct in two's [0.66ct total weight = £4290] and 0.25ct in three's [0.75ct = £4875]

We only grow NATURAL colours which stem from the special personal carbon you provide - Canary yellow (very like LifeGems) but not "Orange-Yellow" or "Yellow-Green". We also make what we term a "Free-Range" BLUE [what goes in - dictates what comes out] usually very light powder blue but sometimes Royal Blue and rarely sapphire blue. FR-Blue's costs £5475 for 1/2 carat.

Another bizarre situation..... Being based in the UK, we charge Sterling.  I have to question why the American LifeGems UK prices are massively over-priced in Sterling for the UK customers? The US Dollar prices are almost 50% cheaper.  If we sell to America - the American's have to pay in Sterling - exactly the price you would pay in Britain.

Despite what you may find in 'Google' there are many 'other' websites offering 'Memorial Diamonds' but all our older sites [ashes2gems & pets2gems, celebration-diamonds, and Live-on-Diamonds etc:] ALL offer the same telephone number and the exact same address - Sunrise House, Hulley Road, Macclesfield, SK10 2LP.

The Sunrise House building was developed by this writer with Richard May and Julie Arnold in 1985 The huge 26,000 sq.ft' of offices with 75 car parking spaces are far to big for us, so we let out a range of supported serviced offices and their upkeep but it has been our base since we started.





Friday, August 08, 2014

Memorial Diamonds are made in natural rare colours

3 Natural Coloured Memorial Diamonds








Phoenix Memorial Diamonds are real diamonds

Our 'Memorial Diamonds' are actually real diamonds but made from the carbon within cremation ashes (Cremains) and also hair (if the deceased loved-one is being buried).

Natural diamonds (mined) have grown deep in the earth, compressed by huge pressures and heated to fantastic temperatures - over millions of years.  They are 'cherry picked' for COLOUR, clarity and quality - the most expensive are the 'fancy' coloured diamonds which sell for many millions.

We grow our diamonds like they grow in the earth - under immense pressure, heated to fantastic heat, but instead of years your process takes a few months. They are still REAL diamonds with ALL the exact same characturistics as natural mined diamonds, but the colours we make are within the very valuable 'fancy' range - not £Millions but certainly a few thousand.  

Canary Yellow is the normal outcome from the interference of nitrogen. They are very consistent in a light shade of yellow (a colour very sought after in the 'States).  

We also grow Blue/White diamonds which we term 'Free-Range' - basically what goes in comes out. The Blue hue stems from Boron and we aim for the lightest shade we can make from the source of the carbon extracted (from ashes or hair). The processing is slightly different but still HPHT (High Pressure High Temperature)

We cut our diamonds like 95% of the worlds diamonds are - with 58 facets in a round 'Brilliant' cut.

It is as complex to make 1/10th of a carat as it is to make 2 carat, we therefore have a minimum order as a compromise on costs and profit for value to you.  We also have a cut tolerance of 5 points (100 in 1.00 carat).  We never recommend any diamond less than 0.25, they are simply too small. 

Some of our famous 'firsts' include "The Jessica Diamond" (made from an umbilical cord of an 'at risk' baby). 'The London Riots Diamond" (from the detritus in the streets after the riots). "The Honey Bee Diamonds" (made from thousands of bees which died after colony collapse disorder. The profits when sold will be donated to a worthy cause to research of why bees are dying).


 

Monday, February 10, 2014

The 'Memorial Diamonds' we grow in our lab' are natural colours (not white as you would expect) but Canary Yellow and a free-range of Blue/White.
We have been experimenting trying to produce PINK DIAMONDS and although this is currently very difficult using cremation ashes or hair, nevertheless some diamonds have been successfully grown which are a beautiful shade of pinks. They are REAL but NOT made from anyones ashes or hair (just pure carbon).
If anyone in the UK is to become engaged/married and they would like to consider our REAL pink diamonds, they are all around the 1/2 carat weight, 'brilliant' cut (round) and we would be pleased to sell them for around £2500 each.
Considering MINED Pink Diamonds are so rare and they are valued at $100,000 [£75k] - $250,000 [£175k] per carat - our lab' grown diamonds are a bargain.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Phoenix Design Jewellery

DON'T BE FOOLED - it's NOT US.
Unfortunately this 'Phoenix' is yet another 'Phoenix' plagiarizing our 'Name within the 'Memorial Diamond' small world.  YES - bizarrely SIMON KEMP is an AGENT for 'Semper Fides Diamonds' - part of the Algordanza group in Switzerland and YES he may offer diamonds made form horses hair or carbon within 'Cremains' of animals - BUT HE and ALGORDANZA are NOTHING to do with us.

If you are in the slightest doubt, our logo's are simple and recognizable (and © copyright) 

Thursday, May 09, 2013

If the world doesn't pay attention to BEE DECLINE - disaster looms



US honey bees have been dying by the tens of millions, with annual death rates of about 30 percent. With fewer bees to pollinate fruits and vegetables each year, 'beemageddon' may soon cause the collapse of the agriculture industry.
Honey bees pollinate more than 100 US crops, including apples, zucchinis, avocados and plums, that are worth more than $200 billion a year. Since 2006, about 10 million bee hives at an average value of $200 each have been lost in what scientists call the Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), according to a new report by the US Department of Agriculture.
There are currently about 2.5 million honey bee colonies in the US, which is a drastic decrease from the 6 million that existed in 1947 and the 3 million that existed in 1990. Last winter alone, the honey bee population declined by 31.1 percent, with some beekeepers reporting losses of 90 to 100 percent. In the previous two winters, beekeepers lost about 22 percent of their populations.
“Currently, the survivorship of honey bee colonies is too low for us to be confident in our ability to meet the pollination demands of US agricultural crops,” the USDA report states.
California’s almond crop, which blooms toward the end of winter, would suffer the most. About 80 percent of the global almond supply comes from the Golden State’s orchards, and 70 percent of the state’s crop is marketed overseas.
US beekeepers truck about 1.5 million out-of-state colonies to the almond orchards each year, which depend on the insect’s pollination. The colonies are tasked with pollinating about 760,000 acres of almond trees at the end of each winter. It takes 60 percent of all US bee colonies to pollinate the $4 billion crop.
Zac Browning, a beekeeper, told NPR that the almond orchards have become “ground zero in commercial beekeeping” and that many beekeepers drive over from their home base in the Midwest.
But with a bee shortage that gets worse every year, many of the almond orchards will never be pollinated, which could eventually cause a global almond shortage and economic consequences for the US.
The USDA knows how the agriculture industry will be affected by the large-scale bee die-offs, but does not know why exactly they are dying in such numbers. The report cites “multiple factors… including parasites and disease, genetics, poor nutrition and pesticide exposure”, while also citing last summer’s drought as a contributing factor.
“Undernourished or malnourished bees appear to be more susceptible to pathogens, parasites, and other stressors, including toxins,” the USDA report states.
During CCDs, surviving adult bees abandon their hives, leaving behind the queen bee, brood and food stores.
“Bees across the country are not in as good a shape as last year,” Eric Mussen, a University of California bee specialist, told the Christian Science Monitor. “When you stress them far enough, the bees just give in.”
After large-scale honey bee die-offs each winter, beekeepers try to restore their populations in the summer. But with the populations dropping so low, the economic ramifications are almost unavoidable.
The European Commission suspects that neonicotinoids, a class of insecticides chemically related to nicotine, might be responsible – at least partially – for the die-offs and the CCDs. Honey bees have also died off in unusually large numbers in Europe, prompting the commission to impose a two-year ban on neonicotinoids last month to give scientists time to review the chemicals’ impact on bee health.
But US officials have stated that they don’t have enough evidence to ban neonicotinoids. And with a drastically decreasing honey bee population, ‘beemageddon’ might be just around the corner.
“We are one poor weather event or high winter bee loss away from a pollination disaster,” Jeff Pettis, the USDA’s bee research leader, said in the report.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

We would like to help a very nice person........

Engaged?? To be Married???

FOR PRIVATE SALE beautiful real diamond ring - REDUCED to just £2950

Although we do not deal in natural diamonds, we would like to help a dear friend, by offering for sale - a fabulous 1 carat natural white 'Asher'  cut diamond set in a 9.7 gram plain platinum ring [10.65mm finger hole]

The ring has a certificate and receipt of purchase for £5400 in Dec 2000.

We have more details and pictures.


Natural (mined) diamonds and 'Memorial Diamonds'?

a Memorial DiamondImage of Honey Bee Diamond


Can anyone tell the difference between 'natural' (mined) diamonds and man-made laboratory grown 'Memorial Diamonds'? We are asked this all the time. The simple answer is NOT EASILY.
Our Canary yellow diamonds test as 'Diamonds' (as real diamonds do). But both our free-range Blue diamonds and Natural diamonds conduct electrcity due to boron, so will give 'false-positives' on many cheap diamond testers where results may be interpreted as 'Moissanite' (a simulant). Only very expensive equipment used by 'AnchorCert' and developed by 'De Beers' can truly identify our genuine memorial diamonds.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

We wish funeral directors would promote UK 'Memorial Diamonds' - so why don't they?

Considering we (Phoenix-Diamonds.com) are the only UK based 'Memorial Diamond' maker in the world, you would expect British funeral directors to learn more about Who, What, Why, When, Where and How....... Our competition is Russian, American and European - and that's it!!! Why? Because the equipment runs into ££Millions and the expertise spans many many years (of both failure and successes) so we are not likely to suffer anyone setting up next week.  But there is a difficulty facing all the bereaved left behind who wish to memorialise their loved one - with such huge sums involved (£3250 to £12,500) the industry is bound to have the con's and 'suspect' products..... Already we have had 'Tomorrows Traditions' allegedly conning customers who (in the words of an ex partner...) have supplied diamonds NOT made from the ashes of the loved-one.  It would be simple to buy a man-made diamond of almost flawless quality, throw the ashes away and hand over the cheaper diamond at the more profitable price of a real 'Memorial Diamond'.  Also, colours are suspect and we will tackle this in our next posting........ hold your breath

Friday, January 11, 2013

Can you put a price on a 'Memorial Diamond'?

We know (as manufacturers) making diamonds at all is a modern miracle. To make them from 'Cremains' (cremation ashes) or hair is yet another aspect that I think is absolutely taken for granted. 
When deciding what type of 'Memorial' (to a deceased loved-one) will be best, consideration should be given to - is the memorium for others to view or is the memento a personal issue.
Over the years we have had headstones with which to make a mark of respect, but surely the MOST enduring, MOST valuable memorial would be a DIAMOND?
They say 'Diamonds are Forever'.... If we are taking just 100 grams of ashes or about 15grams of hair to make THE most everlasting and valuable memento, all the rest of the ashes can still be scattered or the body simply buried - but it is the diamond that will be lasting the longest. It will be passed down through the family, generation to generation.
The costs of making our 'Memorial Diamonds' is creeping up and up, £6500 per carat is not only a worthy purchase but also a worthy everlasting and unique memento - to keep close to the survivors and loved-ones.
You can put ashes into glass (is not a paperweight a bit tacky?) You can put hair and ashes into jewellery but without the very special ability and production facilities costing 'millions' you cannot make a diamond like we can. Can you put a price on that??

Thursday, October 18, 2012

A raw man-made memorial diamond

raw diamond image
We are always being asked what our Memorial Diamonds look like before the raw diamond crystal is cut and polished, so I thought I should show you just one.  Well - its almost like a dodecahedron or perhaps as an illustration - like 2 square pyramids with the bases glued togther but with more facets.  This is a NATURAL growth shape and colour of a memorial diamond crystal.

Friday, October 05, 2012

Diamond Colours, Rarity and Price


Natural (mined) Coloured diamonds (Fancies) come in almost all the colours of the rainbow. Indeed, some colours are more attractive than others, and in particular the colours whose names evoke a strong image - red, pink, blue, green, orange, etc. In such cases, the price depends not only on the rarity of the colour, but also on the demand for it: the greater the demand, the higher the price. Conversely, beautiful grey diamonds are rarer than many other colours, but cost a lot less as the demand for them is currently much weaker. In the same way, colours that laboratories have defined with composite names (orange brown, gray or grayish-blue, yellow orange, orange pink…) are less sought and relatively less expensive, in spite of their rarity.  Comments from Langerman Diamonds

That's why we only manufacture Canary and Free-Range Blue 'Memorial Diamonds'

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Honey Bee Diamond


We at Phoenix Diamonds just love trying 'Firsts' - we made the first diamond in the world from an umbilical cord 'The Jessica Diamond'. The first diamond from the Promessa process and NOW - the first diamond made from bees [they died a natural death] but from the deaths of  2500 honey bees they will live-on, because from their bodies we extracted their unique carbon, compressed it at 10,000 tons/sq.ins. and heated it to 1300c for some time, to produce a raw diamond which we cut and polished with 58 facets in a brilliant cut.

The results are truly fabulous, actually a honey coloured diamond at around 1.25 carats.

Our philanthropy will help towards further research into 'Hive Death' and the plight of bees in a modern society intent on keeping insects in check and unfortunately killing bees in the process (or so it is alleged). Without bees pollinating WE ALL DIE

The diamonds will be auctioned very soon once the donors of the dead bees have had a chance to see their beautiful results

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

$35,000 for a brown diamonds???? Are they mad??

We must show you this..... This is a photo' of a diamond offered to us by a far-east lab' - for "US$35,000", it's 0.8 carat [that's $43,750 a carat!!!!] it's princess cut - BUT SURELY IT'S HORRIBLE!!! It's described as "Fancy Brownish Reddish Orange at only $35k"!!!     Are they bonkers??

Our own lab' grown 'Memorial Diamonds' costs £6500 for a gorgeous brilliant cut 1.00 carat canary yellow coloured diamond - AND - It's made from the last remnants of your loved-one.  Our Free-Range Blue diamonds have been reduced to £9,950/crt.

Canary yellow diamonds can cost $100,000/ct in natural form..... and Blue diamonds - a staggering $500,000/carat

Here is a link to the value of NATURAL (mined) diamonds :-http://tinyurl.com/kx3vtqv

Thursday, May 24, 2012

The first diamonds in the world from 'Promession'

Two fabulous Canary diamonds, made from both processes by 'Promessa.SA' in Sweden. Promession is the 'freeze-drying' process of laying the deceased to rest, after the process, this can further be enhanced by growing and dedicating a tree or simply scattering the promains. We [Phoenix] extracted carbon from both processes and made 2 unique diamonds from each. A/ 1.00carat brilliant cut canary and B/ a 1/2 carat canary from the cremated remains. The 1.00 carat is likely to be the standard and a real sparkler.  This is yet another 'First' for the group. No1, was the 'Jessica Diamond' (from an ubilical cord) 2nd was the 'London Riots' diamond and 3rd  - these two made from 'Promession'. No doublt you will read more about both 'Promessa' and Phoenix Memorial Diamonds (one of only 4 in the world offering the service).

Thursday, May 03, 2012

The London Riots : A diamond rises from the ashes

A Glasgow artist - Teresa Margolles - asked us if it was possible to make a Blue diamond from the detritus of the 'London Riots' (using carbon extracted from various bits of wood, sweepings and other debris).
After extensive processing, we are proud to show the actual diamond featured in the exhibition.
The diamond is a 0.79 carat Brilliant cut Blue/White which is very clean, sparkly and without visible inclusions.
This diamond joins are 'world firsts' [The Jessica Diamond, The Promessa Diamonds]


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Dispelling the myths about Memorial Diamonds

Phoenix-Diamonds.com is the only British private company making 'Memorial Diamonds', others are Russian, American & European.
Our head office is at Sunrise House, on the Macclesfield Industrial Estate, in Cheshire,
We are not agents or connected to any other 'MD' maker (other than our own Australian agent).
We are supplier members of the NAFD, SAIF & APPCC
The genuine diamonds are laboratory grown using High Pressure (10,000 tons/sq”) High Heat (1300c) over time which was perfected in Russia in the 1950's.
Memorial Diamonds are usually made from 100gms ashes (or 15 gms of hair), sometimes from 500 grams of ashes.
Phoenix made the first diamond in the world from the umbilical cord of a (at risk) premature baby – Jessica.
Canary Yellow and Blue is a natural colour of 'MD's - not white, green, pink, red which have to be irradiated.
Natural Blue and White/Blue are extremely difficult to make, so are expensive and can take a lot longer to grow.
Phoenix genuine diamonds are the least expensive in the world at £2950 for a ½ carat canary (minimum order). Our size sales tolerance is +/- 0.05crt (5%) not 9% like 'others'.
'MD's are usually more expensive than mined diamonds.
Hardly any 'MD' is totally flawless and is as unique as the ashes/hair used.
Phoenix 'MD's cannot be made from DNA (it dies at 300c) or a few strands of hair (there is not enough carbon)
DiamondAura, diamonette, CZ, Moissanite, Silicon Carbide are NOT diamonds. There are many fakes and names.
Genuine 'MD's have the exact same characteristics and spec's as mined diamonds and can be certified (if required).
It takes 13 – 15 weeks to process the 15 stages for Canary and about 8 months for Blues.
Our smallest diamond worthwhile is 0.25crt, the largest we can make is around 2.00 carat. The most common 0.75crt.
We ask for only 50% upfront, the balance on delivery. We do not have-to but prefer to offer 14 days 'cooling off'.
All orders are uniquely numbered and have a separate audit trail right to the delivery of the diamonds in person.
It is not macabre, bizarre or insensitive to desire such a lasting memento of a loved one, it is a unique opportunity.
The bereaved genuinely appreciate being informed about 'MD's as a choice – before burial or scattering of ashes.
Although we do not make the jewellery, 'MD's can be mounted in rings, pendants or just kept safe, and - they will last forever as an immortal memorial for generations.
We also make 'Memorial Windchimes' for £350 and have a license from the patent holder for putting ashes into glass. You can call or text the MD any-time on 0771 288 7993
You can call us on 0870 881 0612 - 9.00am and 9.00pm Mon-Sat. Answer-machine or diverted direct to the MD. No faxes.
The MD's iPhone e-mail address is
“ceomail@phoenix-diamonds.com

Please don't ever ask us for BLACK DIAMONDS













Why would anyone desire a BLACK Memorial Diamond?

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Tomorrows Traditions finally bite the dust, but Bio-Diamonds spring up?

A BBC '3 Counties Radio' program was brought to my attention on Wednesday 22nd February. This was Jonathon Vernon-Smith's mid-day consumer help feature. Apparently he had been investigating a very serious allegation from a lady in France that Tomorrows Traditions had stopped answering 'phones and e-mails and that she (the lady) wanted a refund of monies paid up-front, but most importantly she wanted her husbands ashes back. Over the days, Jonathon had tracked Lisa Barker (the owner of TT) to both a working e-mail and a private 'phone line. So the poo is most definitely flying from the fanned flames.

Now this is all on top of a bizarre e-mail from one of the 'partners' which stated that they (TT) had supplied Memorial Diamonds with NO carbon from a deceased donor. What also became clear was - their supplier was a Russian company, who are now trying to take over from where 'TT' left off.  Bio-Diamonds

In a very specialist niche industry of only 5 memorial diamond lab's in the world, this kind of situation offers more fuel to the existing worries we have gleaned from enquirers over the years. (These are mentioned in our FAQ section) : Are the diamonds REAL : Do we actually use ashes supplied : How much does it cost?.

With over 150 memorial diamonds made, we don't have one customer unhappy with their diamond we made.
As members of the NAFD and also SAIF, we work to an ethical code of practice. We ONLY make memorial diamonds - from carbon extracted from ashes and hair (and umbilical cords).

Some of our diamonds are less and some are more expensive than our competitors, but - honestly - we are NOT profit driven. John Ruskin once reflected -Value v Prices - http://bit.ly/vZst5d

Later on, we will explain about why you cannot make diamonds from DNA or make them cheaply.

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Why are Pink Memorial Diamonds our 'Holy Grail'?

So you see, laboratory diamonds in Pink are very expensive (and these are trade prices). $120,000 for 1.37 carat is around £60,000/crt.

We have made Pink diamonds and if we could make them consistantly, we would be still only be charging around £17,500 per carat AND they would be made from carbon extracted from hair or ashes.

The 'Natural' Fancy Intense Pink is around  £28,000






Saturday, January 21, 2012

A bizarre confession from a Ex partner of Tomorrows Traditions

I'm going to cut and paste this e-mail unadulterated [dated 14th Jan. 2012]
 Allegedly from [Vincent Neale, Ex partner, Tomorrows Traditions] Checked True.

"Dear Phoenix Diamonds,
For your information I have contacted the Police and a solicitor for advice regarding Tomorrows Traditions.
Please be aware I will be reporting Tomorrows Traditions to the British Jewellers Association and trading standards for mis-selling practices. I will also be reporting them to the Government fraud department for selling a stone which held no personal carbon whatsoever.

I thought this may be very useful information to any future potential customers if they mention the Tomorrows Traditions company.
Kind regards
Vincent"

And they have the audacity to complain about us "Ripping one of their domain names off" 
Kettle, Black comes to mind.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Eternity Crystal - friends we would recommend

we understand just how much you treasure the memory of your loved ones and scattering of their ashes is such a final farewell. Using a patented process of fusing a small amount of the ash into crystal glass, we have developed a unique range of memorial products by which to remember them

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

When is a "Pink" diamond - not actually 'Pink'???

All is not what it seems (allegedly) .... along with the many bizarre named synthetic gems (which we have to admit SOME are brilliant), the public are now faced with a new phenomena - coated diamonds - these are natural or lower quality man-made diamonds which have been specially coated in ["diamond" (sic)] the colour required (ie Pink, Blue, Red, etc).
But what is the problem? Natural (mined) Pink and Blue diamonds are much more expensive than their white counterparts - in the region of $100,000 to $250,000 per carat. If the subject diamond is 'coated' in the colour, surely the real value is almost the same as its donor diamond, after-all it is simply a coating? OK it may be a "diamond" coating but not through and through - just on the surface.
Our natural colour diamonds are not interfered with in any way, canary yellow is bright yellow and the 'Blues' range between Aqua and Sapphire.

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Tomorrows Traditions [TT] complain about our warnings

So, 'TT' have been busy again. Not only do we have to contend with them 'ripping-off' our website name "www. memorial-diamonds.com" by registering (months after us!!) memorialdiamonds.co.uk**.  and also using our name 'Phoenix' in one of their promo's - thereby capitalising on our Google collateral - we now hear they are crying about our warnings about "DiamondAura™". It gets better - We had suspicions years ago that 'Steel Rose' was trying to 'get-in' on our market but suddenly registering the same name** behind our backs, which then falls into the hands of our competition.  Now they are bellyaching about our warning to the public about 'DiamonAura™' - which as the advert shows are not 'diamonds'[sic] and are supplied by STAUER  for £145. They are real sparklers and very good, but not what we make - which are REAL DIAMONDS.  So, any company stupid enough to adopt a name synonymous with FAKE gems is asking for trouble. You can see the full advert at - http://bit.ly/iwrs2y - please be sure to do your research, look for 'Cognac' diamonds - they are usually Russian, then make sure you are buying REAL diamonds made from your ashes by a British company.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

New blue memorial diamonds and their 'value'

Although Blue Memorial Diamonds are more expensive than the bright Canary yellow we usually make, 'Blues' have become very popular. Canary coloured diamonds are quite rare in nature and can command £7500 to £35,000 per carat. We make them for £5975 per carat. Natural 'blues' on the other hand can cost between £65,000 to above £150,000 per carat. We make 'blues' for £12,000/crt - so although the bereaved may not wish to sell their 'Memorial Diamonds' they are certainly getting a real bargain.
We were asked on Ch4 TV why we didn't simply make 'Blues' (non-memorial) but as we stated then, we only make 'Memorial Diamonds and there is more to life and death than profit, besides, if we charged what the 'Blues' were actually worth, no-one would be able to afford the last remnant of their loved-one.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Putting ashes into glass crystal

We have been fortunate to gain a license from the patent holder for the installation of ashes inside glass (as seen in our wind-chimes). Now we have our first crystal flower vase with ashes inside the orb at the base. Available in 6 colours the vases will be featured on their own website soon.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

One of three fabulous Urns by John Ditchfield

We missed this fabulous urn when we were installing the photo's on the blog. If you wish to see the other two we have commissioned, please fly right down to the bottom of the blog.  This is for sale at £580

Monday, November 15, 2010

DiamondAura?



Now that price should tell you something - we don't make them....

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Two fabulous new 'Blue's



The two lower photo's are off our latest laboratory grown 'Blue's. Each approx' 0.75carat, cut in 58 facet Brilliant. They represent a new stage of development using both ashes and hair as a carbon source from either living or dead 'loved-ones', be they human or pet.
The costs to the customers for these would be in the region of £9000 each. Delivery on 'Blue's is always slightly longer but would be around 5 months.
We realize its still not 'clear or white' but the Jessica is pretty well almost white with a blue hue. This colour can be valued at around $150, 000 in nature. The Jessica Diamond was made for £10,950 in 15 different processes (any of which could have failed).











Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Dispelling the Myths

Phoenix-Diamonds.com is the only British private company making 'Memorial Diamonds', others are Russian, American & European.
Our head office is at Sunrise House, on the Macclesfield
Industrial Estate, in Cheshire,
We are not agents or connected to any other 'MD' maker
(other than our own Australian agent) - especially LifeGems..
We are supplier members of the NAFD, SAIF & APPCC
The genuine diamonds are laboratory grown using High
Pressure (10,000 tons/sq”) High Heat (1300c) over time
which was perfected in Russia in the 1950's.
Memorial Diamonds are usually made from 100gms ashes
(or 15 gms of hair), sometimes from 500 grams of ashes.
Phoenix made the first diamond in the world from the
umbilical cord of a (at risk) premature baby – Jessica.
Canary Yellow and Blue is a natural colour of 'MD's - not
white, green, pink, red which have to be irradiated.
Natural Blue and White/Blue are extremely difficult to make,
so are expensive and can take a lot longer to grow.
Phoenix genuine diamonds are the least expensive in the
world at £2950 for a ½ carat canary (minimum order). Our
size sales tolerance is +/- 0.05crt (5%) not 9% like 'others'.
'MD's are usually more expensive than mined diamonds.
Hardly any 'MD' is totally flawless and is as unique as the
ashes/hair used.
Phoenix 'MD's cannot be made from DNA (it dies at 300c)
or a few strands of hair (there is not enough carbon)
DiamondAura, diamonette, CZ, Moissanite, Silicon Carbide
are NOT diamonds. There are many fakes and names.
Genuine 'MD's have the exact same characteristics and spec's
as mined diamonds and can be certified (if required).
It takes 13 – 15 weeks to process the 15 stages for Canary
and about 8 months for Blues.
Our smallest diamond worthwhile is 0.25crt, the largest we
can make is around 2.00 carat. The most common 0.75crt.
We ask for only 50% upfront, the balance on delivery. We do
not have-to but prefer to offer 14 days 'cooling off'.
All orders are uniquely numbered and have a separate audit
trail right to the delivery of the diamonds in person.
It is not macabre, bizarre or insensitive to desire such a
lasting memento of a loved one, it is a unique opportunity.
The bereaved genuinely appreciate being informed about
'MD's as a choice – before burial or scattering of ashes.
Although we do not make the jewellery, 'MD's can be
mounted in rings, pendants or just kept safe, and - they will
last forever as an immortal memorial for generations.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Sunrise Diamonds plc and us.........

We would like to assure anyone misinterpreting the coicidences of a common address, that there is NO CONNECTION whatsoever between the Phoenix Group and Sunrise Diamonds plc at Sunrise House. We are a totally independent and privately owned UK company, specializing in the manufacture of 'Memorial Diamonds' (not natural mined diamonds).

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Cryomation & Cryomation Diamonds


Today (Thursday 11th Feb) we discovered a new way of being sent into the next world - Cryomation - a greener alternative to Cremation and burial.
Using liquid nitrogen to freeze dry the body, all the water is removed and the remains are scientifically treated.
We are researching offering Cryomation diamonds and will update this post soon.
In the meantime don't hesitate to call us 0870 881 0612 or e-mail from our contacts page http://phoenix-diamonds.com/contact/

In the near future we will develop www.cryomation-diamonds.co.uk

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

How much are diamonds worth?

http://bit.ly/8xNWMd - will take you to 'Langerman Diamonds Encyclopedia', you may see many references to the different colours of NATURAL diamonds.
Two important colours to us are Yellow (we term them Canary) and Blue - various shades.
You will also see the Pink and Blue are the same 'value' at $100k - $250k per carat. The yellow are mentioned to be around $10,000 - $50,000 per carat.
Please don't compare the prices as our diamonds are made from cremation ashes and hair of the deceased....but it's interesting to see NATURAL colours have a huge colour spread from red to black

Friday, January 15, 2010

Digby the Digger Dog

One of our dog diamonds (there have been a few) a 1.00carat Canary brilliant mounted in a custom ring setting with diamond chips. The ring has been designed by our Ozzie agent - Sue and the diamond has been mae from the ashes of her own 'Digby'

Friday, October 16, 2009

A gentleman's memorial diamond ring

This is out latest 'Memorial Diamond' photo as supplied by a customer. The diamond is a 0.75 carat brilliant cut canary mounted in Welsh Gold - formed from an amalgamation of both wedding rings.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

DNA2Diamonds


We honestly don't mind about 'competition', but when a website infers that its diamonds originate the carbon source from the DNA within a strand of hair - whether it be Michael Jackson or Beethoven - we have to comment.

We are reliably informed by the UK Gov. Pathology Dept; that "DNA dies at temperatures above 300c". As most HPHT diamond lab's use temperatures around 1300c (as we do) I fail to see how any DNA can be found. There may well be carbon remnants, but a strand of hair would not contain sufficient amounts as to say that a diamond is that of anyone. The ocean that MJ stepped in probably contains molucules of his carbon, so you may as well use a bucketfull of seawater.
Therefore, the website which calls itself "DNA2Diamonds" probably do make diamonds but not using anyones DNA for the unique carbon source.
The diamond above was made from a 25gms of hair from a horses tail 'The Reverand'

Monday, September 14, 2009

5 British Sterling Silver & Gold pendants.


We are always trying to help customers who may not be able to afford our 'Memorial Diamonds' and to this end we can no supply 'Memorial Jewellery' (hollow-ware) in Sterling Silver and 14crt Gold Vermeil. Our blog for the jewellery is at http://memorial-jewellery.blogspot.com/
This item is a heart pendant at around £150, measuring 19mm x 18mm with an 18" silver chain.
Other similar peices are - Cross, Terdrop, Round and a Cylinder. Also available in Solid 9crt Gold.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

The future of memorials??


The picture shows a Japanese family scanninig a QR-Code 2D image installed inside a niche - which automatically loads a photo album, a video of the deceased and access to the family blog on his moble 'phone.
For those of you who can use this technology, the image above will take you to our new micro-site which is good for 'dial-up' modems and old PC's as well as the new iPhone.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Ashes to Diamonds

Well it would seem that we are 'on' for being included in a documatry on channel 4 TV, Friday the 24th of July. The 'First Cut' film by David Brindley shows what people are doing with the loved-one's ashes - including making diamonds [by us].

Thursday, June 25, 2009

New Developments from phoenix-diamonds.com: Memorial Windchimes

New Developments from phoenix-diamonds.com: Memorial Windchimes

Memorial Windchimes

Just in time for the National Funeral Exhibition last week (12th June), we completed our trials and the final developments of my invention (back in 1998) for encapsulating ashes into crystal 'icicles' to make a fabulous windchime. Rather than 'rip-off' the patent (like 'ashes-into-glass' have) we asked the holder to issue us with the only license to use that part of the patent.
It took ages to perfect the 'icicles' - which also use waste crystal from 'Dartington' glass works - so we are being 'green'). video
The wind chimes will be avialable at a cost of £350 for four 'icicles'. The colours available are Violet, Turquoise, Blue, Green, Amber and Cranberry. The wind catcher can be engraved with 'loved-one's details. Delivery about 6 weeks from order.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

In a Nutshell.......

We make genuine memorial diamonds using carbon extracted from 'Cremains' or hair. Recently we made the first diamond in the world using the umbilical cord of a baby. Our diamonds are NOT synthetic, faux, Aura, CZ, 'Moissanite' or made of DNA. They can (if required) be certified by the UK Assay Office [AnchorCert].


Diamond sizes range from 0.25 [1/4] carat up to 2.00 carat. Diamond colours : Mainly Canary yellow and 3 free-range shades of Blue. Diamond cuts : We strongly recommend round 'Brilliant' cut - 58 facets. Canary diamonds use 100gms of ashes per carat. The minimum order value for canary is 1x .5crt; or 2x .35crt; or 3x .25crt - this is because the processing is almost the same for any weight of diamond. Costs : Brilliant Canary 1.00crt = £5550, 0.75crt = £4312, 0.5 = £2975 Orders could consist of various sizes, we have made up to 10 at once. Blue's use a more technical process using 500 gms of ashes or 25 grams of hair/crt. Smallest Blue is 0.33carat (=£3625**) largest is 0.8 crt (possibly 1.00 crt). The calculating price for Blue's is £10,950** per carat. The Canary process takes around 13-15 weeks, Blue's can take much longer.
Terms and conditions apply, detailed in plain English on our order form.

HQ : Macclesfield, UK, we trade internationally.
Completely independent group of companies.
ceo : Mike Kelly, based in Manchester, UK.
Call : 0870 881 0612 [int +44 (0) 8708810612].
9.00am - 9.00pm GMT Mon -Sat].
e-mail : info@phoenix-diamonds.com
Website : www.phoenix-diamonds.com
new blog : Memorial Jewellery Blog address = http://memorial-jewellery.blogspot.com/

[**prices Sterling @ February 09 : e&oe]

Value versus Prices

“It is unwise to pay too much, but it is worse to pay too little.

When you pay too much, you lose a little money...that is all.

When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was supposed to do.

The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot.....it cannot be done.

If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run, and if you do that, you will have enough to pay for something better”

John Ruskin – Philosopher 1819-1900

Friday, December 12, 2008

New products - Memorial Jewellery


We are pleased to announce that we can now supply Memorial Jewellery. These mementos are manufactured to the highest standards in Solid Silver, Silver with Vermeil (14crt gold heavy plating) and 14 crt solid gold.  A tiny amount of cremation ashes is inserted through an almost invisible filler hole so that a loved one or pet can be with you always.  You can also see our other blog at http://memorial-jewellery.blogspot.com/  where you will also find prices from £150

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Memorial Fireworks

Heavens Above Fireworks celebrates the life of a partner, relative or friend. We arrange special fireworks displays amongst which will be a number of fireworks specially modified to incorporate the cremation ashes, allowing for a spectacular memorial event and happier farewell. Go to their website www.heavensabovefireworks.com

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Memorial Jewellery (containing ashes)

We have found a new idea for memorial jewellery which some customers may find interesting. Perhaps a diamond made from Cremains is a little too much for some at £2750, but how about a small amount of your 'loved-one' within a gold or silver pendant??......as you can see from the photo, they look like ordinary necklace pendants but each is hollow with a tiny screw stopper. The ashes have to be inserted via a tiny funnel (by us) but we feel it may be interesting to have feed-back from you. Prices??? Please call us - 0870 881 0612, leave a comment or send an e-mail to "info@phoenix-diamonds.com"

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Dog rises from the ashes......

Story from 'Your Dog Magazine

A dog owner from Essex has had her beloved dog Deefer, a Collie cross Labrador, made into a blue diamond, at a cost of £3,500.

Photographic agent Charlotte Bassett decided to have the keepsake made from his ashes by Phoenix Diamonds, a company that specialises in creating diamonds from the carbon content of ashes and hair.[That's us!!!]

When Phoenix Diamonds CEO Mike Kelly delivered the diamond he said he was sorry that she had lost her 'husband' at such a young age. She replied 'It wasn't my husband's ashes, it was my dog Deefer, as in 'D' for 'Dog'.

The dog, which died aged 14 and a half, was a much loved part of Bassett's family. "He was constantly by my side and was a peacemaker, pushing my children apart, to prevent a fight," she said.

After placing the order, Charlotte waited three months for the gem to arrive and now plans to have the gem mounted on a pendant. For her upcoming wedding the blue coloured stone will provide the colour for the wedding tradition of 'something borrowed, something blue.'

"The jeweller at Hatton Gardens, who is mounting the gem, was stunned that the diamond started out as dog!" she said.

Friday, October 10, 2008

What are coloured diamonds worth?

Bizarre as it may seem, RED diamonds seem to be exceedingly valuable - yet they may be confused with Rubies, Garnet and fake gems.
Our Blues at £10,950 seem good value???? and considering our diamonds are actually made of our a loved-one, partner or pet- very good value in deed.

This is an extraction from the website :- Color Diamond Encyclopedia

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Diamond Aura.....give me a break!!!!!!













We have come across various websites purporting to offer "Diamonds"  some of which are also called 'DiamondAura' - we do not believe these are the same as real diamonds and the following comparison chart may help prove this.........
One website offers a "diamond" for about £650 (and offers a second for half that!!!!) and a magazine article offers a whole necklace of 2 carat weight for just £99.............
We rest our case

Friday, October 03, 2008

More about "DiamondAura" (whatever that is?)



We have to make it quite clear, we have nothing but contempt for anyone ripping off our website name simply to capitalise on our earned Google collateral, by using our trading name or suggesting we have anything to do with cheap imitation diamonds like these.
Whatever material they do sell - it is a published fact "DiamondAura" can be bought from STAUER in the UK and the US for peanuts. It should also be noted that these stones should not plunged into hot water for fear of cracking!!!! and jewellers cannot heat them above 300c - BIZARRE.
Even IF we could make this material - we would not, for we only make REAL DIAMONDS.
Watch this space.............