Jonathan Ive and Marc Newson designed an all-diamond ring for charity

Renowned designer Marc Newson and Jony Ive, Apple’s Chief Design Officer, have joined forces. Exclusive to (RED) by Diamond Foundry, Newson and Ive designed a unique diamond ring. The (RED) Diamond Ring will go up for auction at Sotheby’s auction house in Miami on December 5. This will also be the third (RED) auction, with proceeds going to a charity fighting AIDS.

Apple design head Sir Jonathan Ive and renowned industrial designer Marc Newson created a ring entirely from a single diamond for sale at a charity auction. Produced exclusively for an upcoming (RED) charity auction at Design Miami on December 5, the ring will be completely diamond without the traditional metal band.

The (RED) Diamond Ring was created from an unusually sized stone, allowing the ring to be made entirely of diamond. To achieve this, the solid stone has been faceted several thousand times. In order to create the shape of a ring, the inside was removed by means of a micrometer thick water jet with a laser beam inside. The result is a ring size with an inner diameter of 15.6 mm. All this makes the (RED) Diamond Ring the first finished ring to contain between 2000-3000 facets – according to auctioneers Sotheby’s..

The (RED) Diamond Ring will be created by Diamond Foundry, a San Francisco-based diamond producer that uses proprietary technology and is certified carbon neutral. It will be crafted bespoke for the buyer and made to fit up to a US size 5. Sotheby’s estimate is that the ring will go for $150,000 to $250,000. They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend. If that’s the case, this ring ought to provide a lifetime of companionship.

Consistent with their mutual obsession with transforming raw material into objects of value, Ive and Newson’s design is singular, clear and un-compromised by the traditional metal settings and bands that have previously been required to create ‘diamond rings’


Jony Ive and Marc Newson are friends and frequent collaborators who have worked together at Apple, where Ive is chief design officer. They also curated the last (RED) auction in 2013, for which they designed a one-off Leica camera, and put their own spin on a Christmas tree for Claridge’s Hotel in London, in 2016.

Among the other pieces for auction on December 5 a red-tinted take on Zaha Hadid’s Liquid Glacial table, as well as unique metallic red versions of David Adjaye’s Washington Collection Corona Coffee Table and Skeleton Chairs for Knoll. 

This is the third such auction organised by (RED), the charity started by U2 musician and activist Bono to fight HIV/AIDS.

The live auction will be conducted on the evening of 5 December 2018 at the Moore Building in the Miami Design District. More than 50 works will be up for auction in total, and they’ll be exhibited publicly at the same location from 1 to 7 December.