Rick was a hardworking, intelligent, playful, and loving man. Close friends thought of him as a 'goofy genius'- making jokes one minute and problem solving the next. He enjoyed body surfing with his son Gabe, the backyard garden he created with his wife Kim, playing board games with friends, connecting with animals, and the list goes on! Although Rick could be an introvert, he loved connecting with others. His love for Kim and Gabe was immeasurable and his warmth and genuine smile will be treasured by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. As a dear friend of Rick's said, "Even if he wasn’t saying much, you never doubted how he felt."
We'll share pictures, videos, and
of the process,
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Rick's ashes are back at the Eterneva labs, and we are beginning the journey to becoming a diamond. In this initial stage, Rick'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 Rick's diamond! In your next update, you’ll get to see the graphite as we open the crucible for the first time. Stay tuned!
Rick's remains have successfully been purified and are now pure carbon in the form of graphite! To prepare his carbon for the growth stage, we will mill it into a super fine powder. This is the starter material for his diamond. The closure of this phase is a big and exciting milestone! We are now ready to grow Rick's diamond.
Rick’s rough diamond is stunning! Now, his diamond will be hand cut by Eterneva’s master diamond cutters. Master diamond cutters spend decades perfecting their craft, and hand cut every single facet of the diamond. Diamonds have upward of 58 facets! We cannot wait to share Rick's cut diamond with you soon.
Here is a picture of Rick's rough diamond! -
Rick’s diamond is all done being cut and polished- it is absolutely brilliant! This remarkable transformation and journey is almost complete. Next, his diamond will head off to IGI for diamond grading and engraving!
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 Rick. By recording stories about him, we allow future generations to get a sense of who he was (versus impersonal facts in an obituary).
Leave a comment below to share a positive memory you have about Rick, or a way he influenced your life! Condolences are kind, but please hold this space for positive stories & memories about him.