Aether Diamonds Announces the Appointment of Alain Bernard to the Board of Directors

The former CEO of Richemont North America brings more than two decades of jewelry industry experience to Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpel

NEW YORK, March 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Ethereal Diamondscreators of the world’s first diamonds made from atmospheric carbon, announced the nomination of a veteran of the jewelry industry Alain Bernard on the company’s board of directors.

As former CEO of Richemont North America, Bernard brings decades of unparalleled leadership experience to this new role at Aether, including industry knowledge from his time at Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels. Alain is also the founder and CEO of Abbey Road Advisory, an advisory firm specializing in advising and investing in luxury, mission-driven businesses.

“Aether sits squarely at the intersection of luxury and consciousness, which is why I couldn’t be more excited to step on board,” says Bernard. “As an investor and advisor with a particular interest in purpose-driven businesses, I jumped at the chance to leverage the knowledge I’ve accumulated over my decades of working in fine jewelry to help advance Aether’s mission.”

“We are delighted to welcome Alain to our Board of Directors and look forward to leveraging his in-depth knowledge of the luxury and retail markets,” adds Ryan Shearman, co-founder and CEO of Aether. “We bring new levels of social and environmental responsibility to the diamond trade and Alain’s penchant for doing business with a conscience makes a perfect match.”

Bernard joins the management of Aether along with contemporaries of major luxury jewelry brands such as David YourmanTiffany and company., Harry Winston, Stephen Webster, Theo Fennel and Mikimoto.

For more information on Ether, visit and follow their journey on Instagram at @etherdiamonds.


Aether is an award-winning, B-Corporation certified climate tech startup founded by veterans of the jewelry industry who could no longer tolerate the social and environmental impact of the diamond trade. Aether was born with a burning desire to use cutting-edge technologies to redefine ethical and environmental standards for diamond production. Made from carbon extracted from the atmosphere, every carat sold has a positive impact on our climate. Aether’s mission is to build a luxury diamond company that leaves the planet brighter than before.

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Sarah C. Figueiredo