Imagine a diamond ring like you’ve never seen it before. Seriously, imagine a ring completely, yes COMPLETELY, made of a single diamond. No band decisions, no setting needed, just a straight up ring made from a real diamond! You may be wondering the story behind how this diamond ring came to be and we have all the details for you!
California based artificial diamond producer, Diamond Foundry, has teamed up with notable AIDS foundation (RED), to create a unique one of-a-kind diamond ring that will be auctioned off at (RED)’s 3rd Design and Innovation auction. The two designers we can thank for this beautiful creation is Sir Jony Ive, Apple’s Chief Design Officer, and industrial designer Marc Newson.
Diamond Foundry describes how this design collaboration came to be:
"Consistent with their mutual obsession with transforming raw material into objects of value, Ive & Newson’s design is singular, clear and uncompromised by the traditional metal settings and bands that have previously been required to create ‘diamond rings’. Theirs will be created by removing material rather than adding - an ambition made possible by the extraordinary scale of the stone which will enable the ring to be completely made of diamond. "
The creation process proved to be very challenging since the ring design called for a block of diamond that was large enough to be polished into the size of a ring. Diamond Foundry describes the intricacies that went into the process:
"To create this, it required coaxing the first ten atoms of a layer into believing that a certain rare metal is a diamond, these atoms would assemble into real diamond and allow the creation of diamond blocks of previously unprecedented size. This process was not previously considered possible. Through this process and Diamond Foundry’s plasma reactor technology, managed to create the first diamond blocks of the required size for this design project.
After this, the logistics of how to cut and polish a stone of this size needed to be established - a task that challenged Diamond Foundry’s Antwerp based master cutter who has polished some of the world’s largest diamonds. The shape and model of the finished stone are revolutionary since there were no guidelines, the cutters will have to create it from scratch and the custom tools had to be ordered from a specialized diamond tools supplier in Belgium.
The diamond block will be faceted with several thousand facets, some of which are as small as several hundred micrometers. The interior ring will be cylindrically cut out for the desired smoothness using a micrometer thick water jet inside which a laser beam is cast. The finished ring will have between 2000-3000 facets which have never been seen before on a single piece.”
Read more on the craftsmanship that went into this diamond ring that is truly first of its kind.