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New Humans of Australia

New Humans of Australia

  • Mana Ohori

Diamonds from the Sky's founder, Mana, was just featured in 'New Humans of Australia', a progressive publication that shines a light on inspiring migrants from all walks of life.

" I have a startup which aims to grow ethical diamonds in a laboratory. 

I came from Japan to do my last two years of school in Armidale, at the same school where my mother had done an exchange 35 years earlier! Next, I got accepted into UNSW to study Material Science and Engineering. But because we had to do one subject out of our field, I also studied jewellery making, as I’ve always wanted to do things with my hands, and I love artsy stuff. And that led me to do an internship with a small jewellery manufacturer, which led to part time work and then, when I finished uni, I started working there full time. 

One thing that had always interested me was making gemstones, especially diamonds. The diamond industry is really messed up – it’s connected to a lot of civil wars and other conflicts in Africa, as well as having a very negative impact on the environment, since it involves a huge mine site. Then I found out that diamonds can actually be made in a laboratory using greenhouse gas as a raw material, and that this is already being done in the US. But when I tried to find companies doing it in Australia to work with, I couldn’t find any! So I thought maybe I could do it using my knowledge in material science. That was the beginning of the startup journey for me. ...

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