Jony Ive, the chief designer behind the iMac, iPod, iPad and iPhone to name a few has created a stunning one-of-a-kind all-diamond ring to be sold at auction to raise money for (RED), a charity that raises money to fight HIV and AIDS in Africa.
The luxury diamond ring has been created alongside Australian designer Marc Newson, with the duo crafting this dazzling piece of jewellery completely out of diamonds, making it a truly unique ring designed unlike any other.
When sold the ring will be customised to fit the finger of the recipient, with proceeds raised going directly to the (RED) charity which Apple and Jony Ive have supported for many years.
Sir Jony Ive, Apple’s Chief Design Officer, and renowned industrial designer Marc Newson – having curated the (RED) auction five years ago – have, this year, designed a unique ring, made exclusively for (RED) by Diamond Foundry®. Consistent with their mutual obsession with transforming raw material into objects of value, Ive & Newson’s design is singular, clear and un-compromised 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 this material.
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.
The gemstone will be created by Diamond Foundry®, the certified carbon neutral diamond producer who has pioneered and developed the proprietary technology to form diamonds safely and sustainably.
The ring will be auctioned in Miami on December 5 and is expected to sell for between $150,000 – $250,000.