Anthony was an amazing father and was a huge Eagles fan. So much so, in fact, that Andrea –– Tony’s wife –– and their friends snuck onto the Eagles field and spread some of his ashes on the 50 yard line.
The plan is to grow one diamond now for his soul mate Andrea. A little down the road, when the kids are older, Andrea will also grow one diamond for each of them so they can have a piece of their father always with them and to pass down.
We'll share pictures, videos, and
of the process,
as we go.
Tony's ashes are back at the Eterneva labs, and we are ready to begin the journey to becoming a diamond. Now, Tony's ashes will be put into a crucible that will go through a purification process. When that is finished, his ashes will be carbon in the form of graphite. This is the material we will put in the diamond growth cell to grow his diamond. In your next update, you’ll get to see the graphite as we open the crucible for the first time. Stay tuned!
Tony's ashes have been purified and are now pure carbon in the form of graphite. To prepare his carbon for growth, we'll now mill it into a super fine powder, which is the starter material for the diamond. The closure of this phase is a big and exciting milestone! We are now ready to grow his diamond.
Tony's diamond has completed the growth process, and is now a beautiful rough diamond ready to be cut to sparkle! Now, the diamond will head to Antwerp, Belgium to be hand cut by master diamond cutters. Master diamond cutters spend decades perfecting their craft, and hand cut every single facet of the diamond (upward of 58). In fact, one of the world’s youngest master diamond cutters will be working on Donna's diamonds. He is 56 years old.
Here is a video of Tony's diamond growth journey, from ashes to a beautiful rough diamond!
Tony’s diamond has been cut and polished. It is absolutely perfect! The blue captures his spirit so well! This remarkable transformation and journey is almost complete. Next, the diamond will head off to IGI for diamond grading and engraving. It’s time to choose a setting, and begin planning for the homecoming.
When we lose a remarkable person, the most important thing we can do is keep talking about them!
The purpose of this page is to celebrate Tony. By recording stories about her, we allow future generations to get a sense of who he is (versus impersonal facts in an obituary).
Leave a comment below to share a positive memory you have about Tony, or a way he influenced your life! Condolences are kind, but please hold this space for positive stories & memories about him.