Diamonds are among the most coveted materials on earth. They are admired for their sparkle and fire and their exceptional hardness which contribute to their rarity. Unfortunately, diamonds have a long history and current issue of irresponsible mining, including treacherous and unethical conditions for miners, as well as taking a serious toll on the environment leaving the earth disrupted and wildlife displaced.
Enter: Diamond Foundry.
Diamond Foundry is a new lab-grown diamond company who is making breakthroughs in the cultured diamond industry. The company, backed by Leonardo DiCaprio, is “reimaging the diamond industry from “mine to finger” by operating a responsible, honest and modern business.”
The founders, made up of MIT, Stanford and Princeton engineers, discovered a way to form plasma as “hot as the outer layer of the sun.” Knowing that natural diamonds form in extremely hot conditions deep inside the earth, they were able to reconstruct the shape of plasma to grow diamonds layer by layer in a more effective and efficient way.
Put simply, Diamond Foundry starts with a natural diamond “seed.” The atoms then attach themselves one by one to the natural diamond to extend its molecular crystal structure. Once the process is complete, the original seed is sliced off and reused, leaving a jewelry grade diamond that has the same chemical makeup of a naturally mined diamond without the ethical flaws and drawbacks. All of the diamonds produced by Diamond Foundry are graded by a GIA certified gemologist according to the 4C’s grading system.
While the technology of lab grown diamonds is not new, the speed at which they can produce diamonds is. Thanks to their breakthrough in technology, the founders at Diamond Foundry are able to produce diamonds 150 times faster than the industry’s current processes.
The best part? Diamond Foundry uses solar power credits to reduce their carbon footprint to zero, staying true to their promise of producing a responsibly sourced diamond. On top of that, all of their diamonds are grown at the Foundry in San Francisco, CA, having 100% American provenance. Diamond Foundry is proud to boast that “[Our] supporters are part of a generation shifting away from unsustainable conventions towards smart choices that signify quality and meaning.”
Diamond Foundry has partnered with over 20 designers, Emily Chelsea Jewelry being one of them, to help make the design process simpler. All of our rings can be custom made with dimaonds from Diamond Foundry and you can start the diamond buying process here. Looking to go custom but unsure of where to start? Browse through our custom design gallery for inspiration.