It’s incredible now nature works in mysterious ways to create things as beautiful as diamonds, and it’s equally as impressive what science is capable of doing. In an effort to achieve exceptional quality diamonds without the social and environmental damages associated with traditional mining, Diamond Foundry cultivates diamonds in San Francisco using a process called proprietary plasma technology that recreates the exact conditions in which they are formed in nature. “A diamond cultivated using our technology is indistinguishable from a mined diamond by even trained gemology experts,” explains Martin Roscheisen, CEO of Diamond Foundry. “As the production process is quite laborious and time-consuming, they are equally rare and exquisite, but without the ethical disadvantages associated with mined diamonds.”
The Barneys Team was immediately drawn to the fact that these diamonds are impeccable, while leaving no carbon footprint. We teamed up with Diamond Foundry to create a limited-edition capsule along with three directional designers: Nak Armstrong, CVC Stones, and Eva Fehren. “It’s such an honor to for us to work with these three incredibly talented designers. We’ve long appreciated the striking geometry of Eva Fehren’s pieces; the romance and beauty of CVC Stones’ pendants and objets, and Nak Armstrong’s intricate architectural constructions,” says Roscheisen.
“What excited me most about collaborating with Diamond Foundry and Barneys was the opportunity to create custom cut diamonds in signature Eva Fehren shapes. I have been collecting Portrait Cut diamonds since the launch of my brand in 2011. They are somewhat of an obsession of mine; however, they are incredibly rare, and it is almost impossible to source repeatable, geometric shapes. Working with Diamond Foundry gave me an opportunity to create a collection of pieces using the same diamond shapes, and also use pale champagne as well as white stones, which I think are incredibly understated and elegant.” -Eva Zuckerman
“I love what Diamond Foundry stands for; this collaboration gives me the opportunity to create something with a different focus than my eponymous collection, which is generally color stones rather than diamonds, and to also bring awareness to what is a truly ‘green’ diamond option in the market place.” -Nak Armstrong
“I was excited about having new shapes of diamonds to work with. I usually work with round cuts, so the diversity offered by the Diamond Foundry was a wonderful opportunity to try new designs. Their revolutionary process allowed us to work with larger pear and oval shapes, which I really enjoyed.” -Charlie de Viel Castel