Monday, October 17, 2016
Having had more than 7000 enquiries in the form of e-mails, telephone calls and leads from our websites, friends and (some) Funeral Directors, we have done our best to offer a sensible price for an incredibly difficult diamond process manufacturing REAL diamonds from carbon extractions.
There are just 4 of us in the whole world : When we started there was only one other company - LifeGems.Inc in America. Their ridiculous high prices really brought us into play. Now after all these years, there are still only THREE 'others' who offer a similar product [this excludes the many FAKES, rip-offs and bizarre creations].
We know the costs are important - but life and DEATH only happens once. If you scatter the ashes or bury your loved-one, you miss the unique opportunity forever and you know what they say.... it's diamonds that are forever....just saying ;-) So many have commented "I wish we had made a diamond at the time......."
Being British, we pay UK taxes and concentrate on customers in the UK. Over the years we have established agents in Oz', South Africa, Italy and Asia - but they too have started from scratch but it's hard work and each Country have their peculiarities. Thank you to all our agents.
Of course, during that period, we were bound to receive BOGUS enquiries - which not only let our competitors look into how we do business, but also tied up our already busy day.....so NO THANKS to the time wasters.... and whilst I'm bitching - What is it about SPAM? Just because a telephone number and an e-mail address have to be published, it doesn't mean every idiot and the his dog can waste our time reading their weird junk!!!
Right now, I'm considering retirement...yikes!!!! Suddenly I'm 69 this year, so I look back with joy that I have helped so many bereaved customers memorialise their loved-one. There have been some really fantastic diamonds made - The Jessica Diamond; The London Riots Diamond; The Honey Bee Diamonds; and many famous customers who remain confidential.
FaceBook : My personal thoughts are - Horrible as it is, it seems to be a pre-requisite for modern business....But seemingly also to make bizarre announcements about a private life, to voice opinions, to bitch, BUT generally to BE a product of Mr SuckerBird. Personally I cancelled the Phoenix 'FB' account, I object to being researched and marketed and I think it's a massive folly to expose so much private detail publicly - but that's just my opinion.
WHY? (did we start 'Equine'?) Well, dealing primarily with DEATH, the deceased and the bereaved, making diamonds from the living has to be a good thing. Ever optimistic, I decided to use our ability to make diamonds from hair by offering them from LIVING horses mane and tail hair under a joint 'FB' account - Equine Diamonds. It costs us dearly to stop a plagiariser from copying our 'FB' pages in Equine Diamonds - Grrrrr......
We have now resigned from the NAFD and from SAIF. Quite frankly - it was a complete waste of money and the membership. Funeral directors are at the leading edge of Death and in my opinion don't really consider the BEREAVED at all. I thought they would offer much more info' to the people left behind - (say) about Urns, Memorial Jewellery; More about what could be done WITH ashes (fireworks, scattering etc:) and of course 'Memorial Diamonds.
With that lot off my mind, THANK YOU once again for being a customer or having an interest.
Some links :- equine gems.tel (micro digital business card)
phoenix-gems.tel (Digital Business Card)
Monday, March 07, 2016
In actual fact there are two [Time & Dated] 'Cease & Desist' orders against Lisa Barker and Tomorrows Traditions from which substantial damages will be sought in the Courts.
We have had THREE complaints made in February and March of this year  about the conduct of Tomorrows Traditions and their failings. One lady has recovered her ashes and deposit and has now ordered from us. Another man has stated that 'Trading Standards will be informed because I am not at all happy for my Grand Daughter".
Today [7th March 2016] a pet crematorium made extensive enquiries with us (about 'TT') and we had to assure him that we are most definitely NOT connected IN ANY WAY and that we had legal actions under way against Lisa Barker.
It's a very sad state of affairs that idiots can make such bold statements and get away with some of the bizarre products and (so called) bizarrely named "diamonds" they say they are "experts" at making.
Jonathan Vernon-Smith of the BBC '3 Counties Radio' had a run-in with Lisa barker some years ago, I'm sure he will be interested in the resurrection of Tomorrows Traditions to carry on his exposé......
See a shocking disclosure we wrote about way back in 2012....http://bit.ly/1QG6rQF
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Readers may recall way back [14th January 2012] I blogged about 'BBC 3 Counties Radio' taking 'TT' to task about a couple of rip-offs they apparently were challenged about. Then there was the despicable disclosure made by one of their partners -> http://bit.ly/21nKzAo
So now we have two more complaints. One lady very annoyed that 'TT' have her ashes and also her deposit - which she is trying to get back. The other very upset about their activities and was calling the police in.
This is all on top of the written statement they make that 'others' [including Phoenix] ONLY buy Memorial Diamonds from them [ha ha ha]. Plus we are taking legal action for breaching a trade mark we have "Phoenix Gem"
More when we've cleaned the fan...........
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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
Phoenix Memorial Diamonds are real diamonds
Monday, February 10, 2014
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
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
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
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]
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
Friday, January 11, 2013
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
Friday, October 05, 2012
That's why we only manufacture Canary and Free-Range Blue 'Memorial Diamonds'
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
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
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
Thursday, May 03, 2012
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]
Friday, April 20, 2012
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
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
Saturday, February 25, 2012
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
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
Allegedly from [Vincent Neale, Ex partner, Tomorrows Traditions] Checked True.
"Dear Phoenix Diamonds,
See an update 23rd February 2016
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
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Thursday, February 11, 2010
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
Friday, January 15, 2010
Friday, October 16, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
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/
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
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.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Diamond sizes range from 0.25 [1/4] carat up to 2.00 carat. Diamond colours : Mainly Canary yellow and free-range shades of Blue, White (+blue hue) and PINK. 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 .33crt; or 3x .25crt - this is because the processing is almost the same for any weight of diamond. Costs : Brilliant Canary 1.00crt = £6500 [i.e. 0.75crt = £487]
Orders could consist of various sizes, we have made up to 10 at once. Blue's use a more technical process using 200 gms of ashes or 25 grams of hair/crt. Smallest Blue is 0.33carat (=£3625**) largest is 1.25 crt (possibly 1.50 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. See our published price lists
Terms and conditions apply, detailed in plain English on our order form.
“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