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Every one-carat diamond removes 20 tons of carbon from the atmosphere.
An estimated 142 million carats of rough diamonds were dug out of mines in 2019 alone. One carat of diamond yields to 100 square feet of soil removal, resulting in nearly 6000 pounds of waste material. In general, traditional diamond mining leads to soil erosion, deforestation, and ecosystem destruction.
With climate change concerns continuing to grow, sustainable diamonds are a more attractive option. And Aether Diamonds is leading the charge. The new lab-grown diamond company set out to use carbon as a resource to fight climate change. "Knowing diamonds are made of the same carbon warming our atmosphere, we started discussing how to address that," co-founder and CEO Ryan Shearman says. The conversation started back in 2018 and led to the inception of sustainable lab-grown diamond company, Aether.
The Aether Process
"The Aether Process" is a three-week, three-part procedure that includes carbon capture, manufacturing, and hydrocarbon. Aether's partnership with a Swiss company allows for the use of direct air-capture technology to pull harmful atmospheric carbon dioxide from the air. Giant vacuums pull in the air through a filter to trap carbon dioxide and other pollutants, preventing them from escaping and harming the environment. The second step, manufacturing, takes the carbon gas and alters it into hydrocarbon.