Now that’s romantic: Hidden Valley commissions lab-grown diamond from ranch seasoning

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In California, Hidden Valley has unveiled a lab-grown diamond from its ranch seasoning mix. The two-carat stone—conceived to celebrate National Ranch Day on March 10—is being auctioned off to benefit Feeding America. 

To create the diamond, geologist Dean VandenBiesen heated ranch seasoning—which is comprised of ingredients like maltodextrin, buttermilk, and dried onion and garlic—to 2,500 degrees Celsius. The resulting graphite was crushed and subjected to 400 tons of pressure for five months. 

The resulting stone is brilliant cut and set in a white gold ring. The engraving HVR LVR, for Hidden Valley Ranch Lover, adds a romantic touch. 

The auction at TheRanchDiamond.com has already $10,950, according to the Daily Mail.  Hidden Valley invented ranch dressing in the 1950s. The brand has since been bought out by Clorox.