On a sunny day in August 2014, we set out to achieve a world’s first by launching a diamond into space. It wasn’t just any diamond; it was a stunning 1.14 carat cushion cut diamond worth £12,000. And whoever found it, got to keep it.
Working with the UK Civil Aviation Authority we managed the diamond’s big lift-off under great secrecy in Derbyshire, where it was successfully launched 30,000 metres into the sky.
The diamond, mounted on a steel frame attached to a helium balloon, rose above the earth until the atmospheric pressure at the edge of space caused it to pop!
It was in the air for over 150 minutes and travelled around 60 miles, before landing in a remote location in Lincolnshire.
Due to GPS signal failure we were unable to pin point its exact location. The stunt turned into a national treasure hunt that captivated the world’s media.
Despite hundreds of people turning out to search for our #DiamondInTheSky nobody found it, and we resigned ourselves to thinking our beautiful diamond had been lost forever.
That was until the 23rd of December, over four months later, when we received a call from a couple from Lincolnshire, whose springer spaniel Rosie had found our £12,000 diamond in a hedge in Brattleby, whilst enjoying a morning work.
Christmas really had come early for everyone involved and we were delighted that Allen and Pat Bell (who had just celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary) had found our missing treasure.
After our initial exhilaration of someone finding it subsided we turned our thoughts to the GoPro camera that we sent up to space to record our diamond’s journey. We were extremely excited, but apprehensive, to find out whether the flight had successfully been documented.
Luckily it had and as you can see from below, the footage is simply stunning. We never thought we would see a diamond shining through space, but here it is:
We sent the diamond into space to raise awareness of our Interactive Universe, a creative piece that allows web users to name a diamond after someone close to you.
What do you think to our video? Have you created a #DiamondInTheSky for someone special? We would love to hear from you so please tweet us @77Diamonds using the hashtag #DiamondInTheSky.