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2009-07-24 14:25:00

Hair burned off Michael Jackson's head during a pyrotechnic accident 25 years ago is to be transformed into laboratory diamonds, LifeGem said Friday. The singer died June 25 at the age of 50. The cause of his death is still under police investigation. LifeGem said the hair was obtained by Ralph Cohen, an executive producer on the Pepsi commercial in which Jackson was injured in 1984. Reportedly among the first to reach Jackson when his hair caught fire, Cohen threw his jacket over the...

2009-07-24 11:11:00

CHICAGO, July 24 /PRNewswire/ -- When executive producer Ralph Cohen scooped up the charred hair Michael Jackson lost in the filming of the now-infamous Pepsi commercial, he had no idea that he was saving an important piece of history. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090724/CG51565) Now, this closest connection to Jackson himself is being preserved by John Reznikoff one of America's most highly respected collectors, and being used by LifeGem the world's first purveyor of...

2006-05-12 13:13:43

By Brad Dorfman CHICAGO (Reuters) - Beethoven composed many enduring symphonies, but now a Chicago company wants to make a Beethoven piece that lasts forever -- a diamond made out of strands of the 18th-century composer's hair. LifeGem Memorials, a company that first gained attention in 2002 by making diamonds out of the carbon from cremated human remains, now says it can make diamonds out of human hair, allowing people to bury their loved ones but still have a memento they can...

2004-11-27 00:00:03

ST. LOUIS - Proving that diamonds indeed are forever, a widower got a gem of a keepsake made from his late wife's ashes this month: a 0.35-carat, round yellow diamond. The synthetic stone, ordered by a man in his 40s shortly after his wife's death from heart disease in May, is the handiwork of LifeGems. "It was beautiful, really pretty," funeral director Paul Baue said of the stone ordered by the widower, who requested privacy and declined to be interviewed for this story. "It's a great...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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