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The latest innovation by Apple’s design chief, Jony Ive, is as minimalist and intricate as an Apple product can get.

In support of the fight against HIV and AIDS in eight African countries, Ive worked with industrial designer Marc Newson to create a boundary-defying diamond ring for auction house Sotheby’s (RED) Auction.

Whereas most diamond rings constitute a metal band along with one or more smaller diamonds, the ‘(RED) Diamond Ring’ has a base made out of… diamonds. In fact, its entire body is carved out of the precious stone.

Designing a “ring-shaped diamond” isn’t as simple as it seems, Sotheby’s explains. “The diamond block will be faceted with several thousand facets, some of which are as small as several hundred micrometers.”

The ring’s interior will be “cylindrically cut out” via laser, and the finished product will have “between 2,000 and 3,000 facets”—a feat that apparently “has never been seen” on a singular gemstone.

The diamond ring will be sculpted by California-based Diamond Foundry, a certified carbon neutral diamond producer that creates and forms gemstones safely and sustainably.

The item touts an estimated selling price of between US$150,000 and US$250,000, and will be crafted to size for the purchaser. The auction commences in Miami on 5 December.

Image via Sotheby’s

[via 9to5Mac, images via Sotheby’s]

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