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. Diamonds in Earth forms within a few hours actually (learn more); our process is 100 times slower.