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
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 lab' grown memorial diamonds costs £6750 for a gorgeous brilliant cut 1.00 carat canary diamond - AND - It's made from the last remnants of your loved-one. Our Free-Range Blue diamonds are "only" £12,500/crt - but they can be worth $150,000 in natural form.....
A bargain for being British
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,
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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
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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
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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.
“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
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Saturday, October 04, 2008
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
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.............
We have been asked what is the difference between our REAL diamonds and 'simulants' or 'synthetic' diamonds, so here is a chart...........and we will also show you the chart for "DiamondAura" to prove it is not a diamond.....
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
We've been asked many times 'How much ashes weigh?' for sending and converting into a diamond.
Half an everyday cup would weigh approx' 100 grams.
A heaped tablespoon of ashes weighs around the 35 grams mark.
Half a cupful of hair in a firm ball weighs around 25 grams and is usually sufficient to make a 1 carat canary coloured diamond.
Friday, September 05, 2008
Phoenix-Diamonds.com is part of a group of Internet trading companies established in 2000 in Macclesfield, Cheshire.
After working as an agent for a major US supplier of laboratory diamonds and becoming disillusioned by the huge prices involved, Mike Kelly began researching the specialist field of man-made memorial diamonds and set up Phoenix-Diamonds once his team could offer increased capacity and a greater range of colours.
The process of creating man-made diamonds has been around since the 1950s, when the Russians perfected the laboratory techniques and the published patent was then secured by GE of America, allegedly beating De Beers by just seven days. The Phoenix Group employs HPHT (high pressure with high heat over time) to create canary coloured diamonds, but adopts a slightly different process for its new blue range. It also manufactures blue/white, amber, green and red diamonds, although pink eludes it – for the time being.
Mike believes the UK’s funeral profession could become a bigger driving force behind the development of the memorial diamonds industry. He realises that funeral directors may not be looking to offer yet another fairly expensive service, but remains convinced that memorial diamonds are a perfect way to immortalise a loved one. Also, as valuable diamonds in their own right – they possess the same characteristics as mined diamonds and are cut and polished to be set as a pendant or ring – they can be passed down the generations.
“With so few genuine memorial diamond makers in the world, we feel sure that bereaved families would welcome information on the services available before they bury or scatter their relative’s ashes and the opportunity is lost forever,” he says.
“We wanted to join the NAFD to develop relationships with funeral directors, especially since they often play a key role. Even if the deceased is to be buried, creating a memorial diamond from the remains is still feasible because our technicians can use hair and nails, both of which are rich sources of carbon. However, they require very delicate handling and there is only a small window – between viewing and burial – in which to take the necessary action.”
Mike is keen to dispel any confusion regarding genuine memorial diamonds and fakes and says laboratories that offer certification (either by the GIA or the UK Assay Office) are sure to be creating real diamonds. He also suggests that, since DNA dies at a low temperature and there is unlikely to be sufficient carbon in a single hair strand, it would be difficult to create a true memorial diamond. Synthetics like CZ (cubic zirconium) and Moissanite (silicon carbide) are cheaper to manufacture but their quality and value simply does not compare.
Phoenix Group’s technicians have now perfected a means of extracting carbon from a baby’s umbilical cord, which has prompted Celebration-diamonds.com.
For further information visit www.phoenix-diamonds.com or contact Mike Kelly on 0870 881 0612 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Two very recent examples of memorial diamonds set in new rings, both of which were once original partners rings