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HRD Grades First Lab-Grown All-Diamond Ring

Dutch company’s “Project D” piece weighs 3.87 carats.
Feb 10, 2019 5:58 AM   By Rapaport News
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 HRD Antwerp has graded the first wearable ring made completely of lab-grown diamond, it claims.

Synthetics producer Dutch Diamond Technologies (DD) created the 3.87-carat, E-color, VVS2-clarity piece from a 155-carat rough chemical vapor deposition (CVD) lab-grown-diamond plate. The company made the ring, called “Project D,” to mark its 10th anniversary. It took a year to manufacture, and has 133 facets.

“We wanted to create something stunning that would highlight our innovative and high-tech techniques,” Ton Janssen, CEO of DD, said last week. “I think we’ve more than succeeded with the one-off ‘Project D’ ring.”

The piece is not the first all-diamond ring. In 2011, Swiss jeweler Shawish revealed a ring made from a single crystal of natural diamond. Additionally, in December, Sotheby’s auctioned an all-diamond ring made from a single lab-grown stone. The piece, created by Apple chief design officer Sir Jony Ive and industrial designer Mark Newson for Diamond Foundry, sold for $256,250, but is still in production, Diamond Foundry said, as it’s making it to fit the buyer’s finger.

Image: The ring made entirely from lab-grown diamond. (Dutch Diamond Technologies)
Tags: (Red), apple, DD, Diamond Foundry, Dutch Diamond Technologies, HRD, HRD Antwerp, lab-grown all-diamond ring, Mark Newson, Project D, Rapaport News, Shawish, Sir Jony Ive, Ton Janssen
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