BEIJING – Everyone know about China’s great ability for many fields, but no one thought about make an eco-statement with their jewels by buying a precious ring made from Beijing’s densely polluted air.
Scientists will suck dirty air from China’s capital city with a revolutionary machine and compress it for around half a day to make the ‘smog stones’.
Jewellers will then set the stone within a band made from a high-quality locally sourced metal to make the smog ring. Profits will go towards micro-financing the city’s first smog-free parks.
Each ring is made from – and in turn removes from the atmosphere – 1 cubic kilometre of polluted air.
The rings are the first phase in the SMOG Project, the brainchild of artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde.
The Dutch designer, 35, is currently in Beijing having talks with the mayor, urban planning and city executives to iron out fine details.
One million rings will go on sale at the end of the year in various outlets worldwide for a cost of around £8-£80.
Early prototypes show a clear stone with the black dust particles embedded in the centre, though the ring is still in the design process.