Sotheby's Auctioning Ring Made 100% From Cultured Diamond

November 13, 2018


This is a rending of the 100% cultured (lab created) diamond ring designed by Apple chief designer Jony Ives along with famed industrial designer Marc Newson. Sotheby's is set to auction the ring, which is estimated to fetch between $150,000 - $250,000, or about four MacBook Pros and the new iPhone.

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.

I dunno, looks like a turd to me. Not to brag or anything, but I could definitely design a cooler looking ring. *sketching* See? "That's the earth ring from Captain Planet." Oh piss off, don't act like you were a Planeteer, I was the Planeteer.

Thanks to Alyssa, for reminding me of my glory days as a Planeteer before Captain Planet cut from the roster. It used to go: Earth, fire, wind, water, heart, despair! (I was despair)

  • Wilf Smith

    Crass ostentation for those with too much money designed by the Apple chief designer you say ?

    I'm shocked, shocked ! Well, not that shocked.

  • Megatron Jenkins

    I would've guessed some random rapper.

  • The_Wretched

    I'd wear it.

  • Deksam

    One ring to fool them all.

  • Fartbutt

    Underrated comment

  • Jenness

    I rarely feel this strongly about jewelry but, ummm, I hate this.

  • Tigerh8r

    I swear my daughter has a ring just like that but she won it at the skating rink, except hers is blue, and it looks better.

  • Michael Knight

    so, it wasn't bad enough that actual diamonds are a marketing invention with no intrinsic value (educate yourself about De Beers), but now we are going to add manufactured diamonds into the mix?
    banksy should get into this market....

  • Megatron Jenkins

    Lol, the ring is auctioned off, then thrown into Mount Doom!!!

  • Eric Ord

    "I dunno, looks like a turd to me."

    *sells you a ring made out of turd for $150,000-$250,000*

  • Megatron Jenkins

    Actually, GW, you are wrong! I was Despair, spelled D'Spayre, during my teenage goth days!

  • JimmyJam

    Soooo, can I get this resized?

  • Nicholas Conrad

    The fact that it's only a render, and they're talking about how it *will* (future tense) have the most facets, etc.. Makes me think it will be sized to order.

  • Megatron Jenkins

    Not easily, lol.

  • GeneralDisorder

    Cheaper to resize the finger.

  • Munihausen

    This will look cool in the hip hop music videos for which it is destined.

    What's 250 grand to a muthafkka like me, can you please remind me?

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