|Cremated remains of woman 'made into a diamond stone'|
The cremated remains of an 80-year-old woman have been presented to her family in the form of a diamond stone, the first delivery of this kind in the world.
The remains of Edna MacArthur from Alberta, Canada were compressed into a three gramme sample and flown to Italy.
Intense heat was then used to incorporate the remains into carbon used to craft a diamond.
"This is the first presentation of a synthetic diamond made in this way," Brian Crawford, president of Edmonton-based Fountain Garden Funeral Services.
The quarter carat diamond was presented to MacArthur's granddaughter, Tracey Somerville.
The family planned to have the stone placed in a golden ring.
The quarter carat diamond cost the family CAN$3,240 (1,281) which Crawford said was much cheaper than the cost of a burial with a moderately priced wooden casket. Its manufacturing process took two weeks.
Crawford said his company has already received three more orders, including a pre-arranged order from a living person.
Another company, the Toronto-based Images for Eternity, offers artwork incorporating cremated remains on paintings. The ashes are applied with several layers of sealant on top of the finished art.