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Remains turned into diamonds | (UPI) -- When Valerie Sefton died last year, her father decided to make a lasting memorial for her by having her remains turned into diamonds, The New York Post reports.

"I can look at the ring, and it gives me a good feeling. I can't say that about looking at the ashes," her father, Bill Sefton says.

Valerie Sefton died at age 27 from Hodgkin's disease. She is believed to be the first person whose family is known to have paid to have their loved one's remains turned into diamonds.

LifeGem, a Chicago-based company, turns the cremated remains of people and pets into diamonds by extracting the carbon in their ashes, then heating and pressing it at extreme temperatures. The family had several stones made, costing $2,300 to $5,000 each.

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