aether creates the world’s first carbon negative diamonds made from air
a sustainable alternative for diamond lovers
luxury jewelry company aether is the first in the world to create carbon negative diamonds. unlike other lab-grown diamonds made from petroleum-based raw materials, ether diamonds are made from air. Pushing the boundaries of design, technology and craftsmanship, the design team is focused on developing a sustainable future for fine jewelry. Using their proprietary technology, Ether converts harmful air pollution into delicate gemstones, providing consumers with a sustainable alternative to diamond jewelry.all images by ether
the world’s most sustainable fine jewelry brand
the synthetic diamond starter redefines the future of fine jewelry and manufactures gem-quality diamonds from the air. the company promises radical transparency shattering the stereotypes associated with mainstream diamond industries. Combining durability with refined aesthetics, they provide diamond lovers with stunning pieces that respect both humans and our precious planet. according to the company, every piece in their collection has never supported any form of child labor, unfair or unhealthy working conditions.
“In the midst of global climate change and all the other challenges that 2020 has brought with it, we believe there is now a great opportunity for ambitious actors to step in and help shape the future. Now more than never before, the forces of true and lasting change are coming together to transform our world into one where massive positive advances for humanity and the planet are truly possible. said ryan shearman, CEO of aether. ether is proud to be part of this change for good as the creator of the world’s first gem-quality air diamonds. we are committed to the unprecedented modern alchemy of turning air pollution into precious stones, and we are committed to serving as a beacon for integrity and transparency in the diamond industry, where so many others failed to deliver on that promise to consumers.
less carbon more diamond
each piece in the collection is designed and handcrafted. the diamond production process goes through four stages. first, CO2 is captured from the air. with their innovative technology, direct air is captured and used to extract carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. then follows the “synthesis of hydrocarbons”. meaning the captured CO2 is synthesized into the hydrocarbon feedstock needed to grow diamonds in a chemical vapor deposition reactor. the next stage is “diamond growth”. the hydrocarbon feedstock is fed into specialized chemical vapor deposition reactors that are powered by 100% clean energy. and finally, once the diamond crystals are fully grown, expert craftsmen cut, polish and add the finishing touches, breaking them into pieces.
through this process, 127 gallons (typically used per carat mined) of fresh water are saved. in addition to saving water, ether diamonds do not waste as much energy, as they require only half the energy consumption of mined diamonds. unlike common diamond industries which derive their carbon from fossil fuels, ether keeps it above ground. moreover, this diamond production technique keeps the air clean, as it removes carbon dioxide from the air. on the other hand, mined diamonds create 143 pounds of emissions per carat. Last but not least, it is estimated that at least 60% of mined diamonds sold in the United States have problematic links to military governments and corruption. instead, Ether is 100% conflict-free and focuses on wellness and sustainability.