A new patented method of creating lab-grown diamonds has garnered all sorts of attention. The production is meant to be cheaper than the average process of creation, with technology often used in the semiconductor industry. Plasmability is an Austin, Texas-based company that creates gems utilizing the
According to president William Holber in an interview with JCK, this process is more energy efficient as well as being more eco-friendly. “The typical microwave efficiency is about 50 percent efficient," he says, "so you lose about half the power. Our generator technology is about 85 percent efficient. We are a much better utilizer of electricity.”
Holber hasn't had any predictions regarding the sheer scale of lab-grown diamond production, saying that “We have a facility ready to go that can house 70 to 100 reactors,” he says. “I could make up a [production] number, but I don’t really have an answer right now. We’ll be producing by the end of the year. I’m not sure of the quantities.”
Information originally sourced from JCK.