July 30, 2009 9:48:50 am
LifeGem,a city-based company which is looking to make 10 diamonds out of late pop icon Michael Jackson’s hair,hopes to give one of the rocks to his three children as a tribute.
The company plans to make 10 half-carat diamonds from a lock of Jackson’s hair that was charred during the filming of a Pepsi commercial in 1984. It would sell the diamonds privately and offer one of them “free” to the legend’s three children.
“We would be more than happy to offer them (the children) a diamond as a tribute to their dad,” the Chicago Tribune quoted LifeGem CEO Greg Herro as saying.
Under the patented process,hair would be heated to about 5,400 degrees,reducing it to carbon so that it can be crystallised and turned into diamonds. The process takes six-nine months,way faster than the “billion years” Earth takes to make diamonds,Herro said.
“We grow an actual rough diamond just like the Earth does except that we speed it up significantly. It does not take a billion years,” he added.
LifeGem has converted strands of Beethoven’s hair into diamonds,selling them for USD 200,000 on eBay. The company has worked with John Reznikoff,the collector who gathered some of Beethoven’s hair,to obtain the Jackson sample.
Reznikoff collected it from the Pepsi commercial’s executive producer,who helped extinguish the flames on the singer’s head,Herro said.
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