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Fallen sailor's ashes saved in diamonds

Posted: Updated: Aug 2, 2013 05:32 PM
Chief Petty Officer Christian Pike Chief Petty Officer Christian Pike

This was a story that touched a lot of us at FOX 10 -- 31-year-old Chief Petty Officer Christian Pike was killed earlier this year while serving in Afghanistan.

This loss was personal for us because Chief Pike's mother is our co-worker.

And she decided to do something pretty special -- so she could always carry a piece of her son with her.

Diana Pike had her son's ashes physically bonded into a beautiful diamond that she can keep close to her forever.

This is the closest she's held her son his passing in March.

"It's mixed feelings.  It's beautiful, but it kind of signifies the end.  It reminds me of the end of his life," she said.

Christian also left behind his fiancée, Morgan Lakner.  Her diamond ring was created from her hair and his ashes bonded together.

"..and to see those two together in a diamond, in a rock.. and knowing that his physical body is actually still here with me and not gone, it gives me something to hold, it gives me something to feel," said Morgan.

Infinity Diamond uses a process that essentially mimics and accelerates the Earth's process of creating a diamond.

"What we do is we take carbon, which is just a black powder.. we compact it into graphite and from the graphite we put it in a machine that then applies a million pounds per square inch until it basically grows carbon atom by carbon atom.  The longer we keep it in the machine, it grows," explained Infinity Diamond founder and CEO Scott Shaffer.

Diana chose to work with Randy Coffin, owner of Coffin and Trout Fine Jewelers to design pendants and rings that she, Morgan and Christian's sister will wear -- all of them feature lightning bolts -- a symbol that adorned the patch on Christian's uniform.

"It is an abrupt electric discharge from cloud to cloud or cloud to Earth accompanied by light and so ya know I got the sense and feel from you that he's a light to everyone around him," said Coffin.

"The world goes on you know and we have to let it go on, but it reminds me that he's still here, that he lived a brave life and he was good man, even if the world goes on without him," said Diana.

The jewelry settings also have the letters NBD engraved on them.  That's because when all of Christian's teammates would comment on his abilities to outperform them, his humble response was always "No big deal."

Infinity Diamond

Coffin & Trout Fine Jewelers
7131 West Ray Road #22
Chandler, AZ 85226
480-763-1300 or 800-684-8984

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