Pink Diamonds: An Enduring Elegance
ACROSS THE BREADTH of 1.6 billion years, journeying from the crucible of the earth, emerges the most intriguing diamond in history. Revered for its exquisite beauty and provenance, the Argyle pink diamond is coveted as the most esteemed diamond in the world.
While natural fancy coloured diamonds are scarce, Argyle pink diamonds are inherently so. So rare are they that less than an entire year’s worth of supply over half a carat would fit in the palm of one’s hand, while the number of red, blue and violet diamonds can be counted on one hand alone. The finest of each year’s discoveries, just 50-60 of these rare natural treasures are brought to life as polished masterpieces and offered for sale each year as part of the annual Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender, this year closing on 11 October.
Rio Tinto’s Argyle Diamond Mine is the world’s only consistent source of pink diamonds, accounting for more than 90 percent of the world’s pink diamond supply; although this treasure trove will not continue in perpetuity.
Argyle pink diamonds are increasingly sought-after—acquired by collectors and connoisseurs around the world for their personal holdings and bespoke jewellery creations.
Prior to the 1980s, production of pink diamonds had been sporadic. Argyle pink diamonds, from a certifiable source and of a depth and range of colour never seen before, have commanded the world’s attention since their discovery in 1979. Unearthing these treasures, formed at a depth of over 160 kilometres below the earth’s surface, is a challenge both in size and complexity. It will take many careful hands for a rough Argyle pink diamond to journey from the mine to its final destination as a polished gem.
Calleija ‘L’amour Rose’: From deep within the Argyle Diamond Mine, a rarity of nature is unveiled. Radiating light and unrivalled beauty, this intricate bloom of bejeweled artistry is the custodian of a spectacular 1.08ct Argyle Pink Tender Diamond.