Diamonds Made from my What?!

Green living made easy with DIY diamonds

You can’t help it, you love diamonds but how can you be sure that your diamonds have not inflicted great environmental and social devastation on the world? Well that’s easy… just make ’em yourself… from your hair!

The recent revelations of the blood diamond trade has had many buyers reticent to buy jewelry that may inadvertently be funding a ruthless warlord, promoting child slavery, decimating local environments or funding acts of terrorism. Even diamonds mined in more developed areas still lay waste to large tracks of natural landscape and, while you would love to buy yourself a new bauble, you feel conflicted about the implications.

Augenstern  offers you a ‘younique’ opportunity to get the stones you desire without the social or environmental impact of traditional methods… guaranteed! “You send us 10 grams of your hair and we make the diamond of your choice,” says Augenstern president Eric Brideau. The company is one of the few in the world which is able to produce flawless diamonds in a laboratory process. The lab diamonds are in every respect the same as natural diamonds except that they are uniquely ‘you’.

The hair you supply to Augenstern is dried and the carbon is extracted. The carbon is converted to graphite and then, under intense heat and pressure, a diamond is created. The range of choices is infinite and you can create a diamond any size, cut and even color you want.

Diamonds take at least a week to create, and even longer for bigger stones. Of course this process is energy heavy, but the Augenstern plant in St. Moritz, Switzerland runs entirely on renewable energy, further reducing the carbon footprint (pardon the pun) of your diamond.

The applications are endless; want an engagement ring with a difference? Combine your hair with your partners for a truly unique ring. Does grandma have a big birthday coming up? Combine hair from all her children and grandchildren for a conversation piece with a difference.

Ordering an Augenstern is as easy as pie. Work through your jeweler or contact the company directly here.

Now you can have your diamonds and save the planet too!

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Nikki is an author and writer specializing in green living ideas and tips, adventure travel, upcycling, and all things eco-friendly. She's traveled the globe, swum with sharks and been bitten by a lion (fact). She lives in a tiny town with a fat cat and a very bad dog.

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