Looking to Immortalize Your Pet? Now You Can Turn Muffy’s DNA Into a Diamond

By Allison Bond | June 16, 2009 10:28 am

DiamondIf you love your furry pet and can’t envision a world without Fido, Misty or Max, now there’s an alternative to getting it stuffed—or cloned. Just yank some fur from your pet’s hide and send it to DNA2Diamonds, where a team will literally turn your dog’s carbon matter into a wearable diamond.

According to the company’s ad, they remove your pet’s “unique DNA carbon” from a submitted fur sample, then turn it into a diamond seed, which starts the growth of your diamond. Over a few days, more carbon gathers on the seed, forming a man-made diamond. The jewels come in cognac, red and yellow-green, take 70 days or fewer to make, and cost between $2,000 and $18,000.

If you’re worried that the rest of your family might feel left out, don’t despair: You can send in tufts of multiple family members’ hair as well. The company will combine all of the samples into one jewel.

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  • QUASAR

    Crystalising your pet’s carbon atoms into a diamond? That’s so bizzare!

  • Jon B

    What exactly does “unique DNA carbon” mean, anyway? I suspect a bit of woo in their pitch, designed to suck in the gullible who will fork over a few grand for a shiny rock that they think is special just because someone threw together a few magic buzzwords and told them so.

  • Jo

    People love to be parted with their money. It’s not a diamond made from dna — it’s a diamond seeded from dna. Jon B is right on the mark.

    Will someone block that first poster? Enough with the spam.

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