Pink Di­a­monds: An En­dur­ing El­e­gance

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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.

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