Thursday, April 05, 2007

Dead Dad Not To Be Girl's Best Friend

Foiled by the court, in Germany:

A German woman's plan to turn her dead father's ashes into a diamond was thwarted on Tuesday by her grandmother.

A district court in Wiesbaden ruled the 19-year-old could not take the cremated remains to Switzerland where a company creates synthetic diamonds from ashes.

"The daughter of the deceased could not provide sufficient proof that it was his final wish to be pressed into a diamond," the court in western Germany said, ruling in favour of his 86-year-old mother.

....The ashes are placed in a press under intense pressure and heat, replicating the forces that create a natural diamond, over a period of several months. Synthetic diamonds have been manufactured from carbon since the mid-1950s.

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