TREASURING THE TREA­SURES

The dis­cov­ery in 1979 of Rio Tinto’s Argyle Di­a­mond Mine and its rich trove of coloured di­a­monds has changed the course of jew­ellery his­tory.

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The di­a­monds that emerged from this hal­lowed spot in the re­mote East Kim­ber­ley re­gion of Western Aus­tralia were of colours never be­fore seen in the di­a­mond world: hues of red, pink, blue, vi­o­let, cognac and cham­pagne.

The Argyle Di­a­mond Mine sits on land that is sa­cred to the women of the Gidja and Mir­ri­uwung peo­ple. All min­ing is un­der­taken with their per­mis­sion, and they re­main phys­i­cally and spir­i­tu­ally present at the site. Re­spect for the land it­self, and its deep sig­nif­i­cance to Aus­tralia’s first peo­ples, is where the Argyle Di­a­mond Mine’s pol­icy of care­ful cus­tody be­gins.

The trans­for­ma­tion of a rough di­a­mond into an ex­quis­ite piece of jew­ellery re­quires enor­mous skill, artistry and pas­sion, and many

care­ful hands will guide its on­ward jour­ney to un­leash its in­ner life.

To­day, al­most 40 years on, Argyle’s in­flu­ence stretches into many spheres and con­ti­nents. From the re­mote and haunt­ingly beau­ti­ful East Kim­ber­ley re­gion to red-car­pet events, pri­vate col­lec­tions and glit­ter­ing show­cases in one of the United Arab Emi­rates’ finest ho­tels, the mine’s di­a­monds num­ber among the most soughtafter gem­stones in the world.

Be they pink, red, cognac or cham­pagne, Argyle’s daz­zling bounty rep­re­sents the finest in raw lux­ury from Aus­tralia. ar­gylepinkdi­a­monds.com.au

Al­le­gro Red Roses Ear­rings by Op­ti­mum Di­a­monds

Argyle Thea Ring by LJ West Di­a­monds

Ori­gins of Argyle Neck­lace by JFine

Sa­tine An­gel Ring by Mus­son

Two rings from the Cham­pagne col­lec­tion by Hart­mann’s

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