When the writer/performer of the Halloween classic The Monster Mash died of leukemia in 2007, Nancy Huus did what any good daughter would do: she had his cremated remains turned into a diamond. "I saw a show about turning cremated remains into diamonds," says Huus, explaining that she after she had found out her father, Bobby Pickett, had been diagnosed with leukemia, they talked openly about death (this, after all, was the man who used to say on Halloween: They dig me up every year). "I immediately called my father and told him that I wanted to make a diamond from his cremated remains; he loved the idea." To honor dad, she had the LifeGem-created stone set in a simple white gold solitaire ring. "Bobby was a minimalist, not elaborate."
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- Lesley Scott