Our founding team of M.I.T., Stanford, and Princeton engineers previously developed pioneering breakthroughs in solar power technology. They had a hunch that techniques used to harness the energy of the sun could also be used to make a better diamond, atom by atom.
We started by studying the laws of nature. Diamonds are born from a fiery heat, so we set out to create a plasma of unprecedented energy density. We coded software to run tens of thousands of physics-based simulations. In a warehouse just south of San Francisco, we built novel plasma reactors with hundreds of individually precision-engineered parts. Then, we formed plasma as hot as the outer layer of the sun.
It is far from easy to make diamond – most of our early experiments failed. But after years of effort, we were able to create the conditions in which nature forms diamond on its own.