A Swiss company, Algordanza, now takes the ashes of the deceased and makes a diamond out of them. The story is here. The price seems pretty reasonable-- starting at 5,000 euros-- though there is no mention of the time it takes. (Anyone?)
Note also the following quote underlying the fact that, yes, markets exist in every facet of life (and death):
Algordanza does 40 percent of its business in Japan, its largest market, where cremation is more common because land is so scarce.If all you need is carbon, you could presumably make a diamond out of yourself, right? Maybe that's the next big piece of hip-hop bling.