By Daniela Degrassi
The most popular time for proposals and engagements is coming soon: the Holidays! Are you ready to pop the question? This year you can make it even more special by investing in Aether Diamonds, the world’s first sustainable jewels alchemized from air. This means you’re not just purchasing a sustainably sourced jewel, but something that’s actually actively creating a positive impact on the planet. How?
Even if chemistry is not your forte, the 4 steps alchemy process used to create Aether diamonds is pretty amazing:
- Atmospheric collectors pull carbon dioxide air pollution straight out of the sky. As the air is drawn in, the CO2 is captured in a special filter. Aether first-of-its-kind diamond alchemization process is set into beautiful motion. For every 1 carat diamond, 20 tonnes of CO2 are removed from the atmosphere.
- The captured CO2 is then synthesized into a usable hydrocarbon raw material perfect for growing diamonds. All other lab-grown diamonds use carbon that is sourced from fossil fuels through oil drilling and fracking. Aether is the world’s first company to use carbon from a source that isn’t from the earth.
- The hydrocarbon raw materials are placed into powerful reactors that create the optimal environment for growing a diamond. The diamonds grow Aether’s lab one ambitious atom at a time, as the carbon perfectly aligns into crystalline form. All the energy used to power the growth of the company’s creations is from clean, sustainable sources.
- The growing process continues for 3-4 weeks until the exact moment when it’s reached peak perfection. The rough diamonds are then sent to Aether expert craftspeople to cut, polish, and set them into jewelry by hand.
And now… the ‘eye candy’ part! Aether craftsmanship offers a good mix of classic and modern cuts of rings for ladies and gents!
Each Aether piece defines the highest standards for responsible social and environmental practices, always prioritizing the wellbeing of life on earth. Buying an Aether diamond means you can be sure your money will never support any form of child labor, unfair or unhealthy working conditions, displacement of indigenous communities or depletion of natural resources.
Aether Will Offset the Carbon Footprint of Your Wedding
Aether Diamonds is proud to be the first jewelry brand ever to offset the carbon footprints of customers’ weddings. How does it work? The average carbon footprint of a wedding in the U.S. is 63 metric tonnes of CO2 — the equivalent of 4 years of the average person’s annual carbon footprint. This amount includes items such as food, drinks, venue, lodging and other accommodations, air travel, ground transportation, clothes, and electricity. This 63 tonnes is the amount that Aether will offset for each qualifying purchase. To source these offsets, Aether is working with Pachama. Pachama’s mission is to restore nature through forest restoration, ecosystem preservation, and offering a carbon marketplace with real impact. Not only do they provide some of the highest quality offsets available on the market, their focus allows to show an even bigger love for the planet. Because Aether already removes pollution from the atmosphere to create diamonds, the offsets for the wedding program will be dedicated to preserving the rainforest in order to have a diversified impact. The wedding offsets will be in addition to the positive impact that Aether already provides to customers through jewelry purchase alone. Each carat of diamond we sell already offsets customers’ carbon footprints by 1.25 years. Between the diamonds themselves and this wedding program, Aether customers will be able to offset their carbon footprint for not just their weddings, but also their first years together afterward! More details on this program on their website.
An incurable enthusiast and independent spirit since she could remember (her childhood heroines were Pippi Longstockings and Katharine Hepburn) Daniela Degrassi found her creative outlet as a lifestyle photographer, working mainly in Northern California. Currently splitting her time between SF Bay Area and her native Italy to continue to be her autistic sister’s primary caregiver. Vegan since 2014, she found a perfect way to carry her message of compassion while celebrating her love for the wedding industry launching The Kind Bride in February 2018.