Apple’s departing design chief Jony Ive and his frequent collaborator, renowned designer Marc Newson have created the world’s first wearable, all-diamond ring.
Unique piece of jewelry is called “(RED) Ring,” since it was created for a (RED) charity auction through Sotheby’s in 2018, to raise funds for HIV/AIDS programs in Africa and in Chicago. The ring alone pulled in $256,250 from an anonymous buyer.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation matched 90% of the bid for a total of $461,250 donated toward the fight against AIDS.
The (RED) Ring’s diamond started as a lab-grown 45-carat “rough diamond.” It was then cut down and shaped into a ring by Diamond Foundry’s team using the design from Ive and Newson.
The description reads: “Creating a ring-shaped diamond is no small feat; 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 has never been seen before on a single piece.”