Double-Digit Growth in Number of Bids at Rio Tinto Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender

Argyle tender pink diamonds

The number of bidders at the recent 2019 Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender saw double-digit growth with buyers vying to get their hands on some of the last diamonds to come from the Argyle diamond mine. The mine is scheduled to close at the end of 2020.

While Rio Tinto does not disclose the value of winning bids, it said that over the past 19 years, the value of diamonds sold at Tender has appreciated over 500 percent, outperforming all major equity markets.

The most valuable lot in the collection, the Argyle Enigma, a 1.75-carat modified radiant fancy red diamond, was won by Australian based Argyle Pink Diamonds partner Blue Star & Kiven Diamonds who also won the 1.37-carat oval-shaped fancy vivid purplish pink Argyle Verity.

“No other diamonds on earth match the rarity and provenance of Argyle pink diamonds. To have acquired two of the last Argyle pink diamonds to ever be unearthed, and one of the few Fancy Red Argyle diamonds in existence is the ultimate privilege,” said Ron Kiven, director of Blue Star & Kiven Diamonds.

This year, Rio Tinto also offered The Argyle Pink Everlastings Collection comprising smaller Argyle pink and red diamonds totaling 211 carats. The entire collection was purchased by Hong Kong fancy colored diamond specialist Kunming Diamonds.

“This is a dream come true, a rare opportunity to acquire a once in a lifetime collection of pink and red Argyle diamonds,” said Kunming Diamonds director Harsh Maheshwari. “With the imminent closure of the Argyle mine, a collection such as this deserves to be showcased to the world and we look forward to announcing our plans at a later date.”

Source: IDEX

Rio Tinto launches new collection of rare Argyle pink diamonds

Argyle Pink Everlasting Collection

Rio Tinto has launched a new collection of rare pink diamonds from its Argyle diamond mine in the east Kimberley region of Western Australia.

Rio Tinto Argyle Pink Everlasting
Rio Tinto Argyle Pink Everlasting

Known as the “Argyle Pink Everlastings™ Collection”, this beautiful offering has been curated to showcase the full colour palette of Argyle pink diamonds, weighing 0.14 carats and below.

The Argyle Pink Everlastings™ Collection comprises 64 lots and weighing a total of 211.21carats it represents justtwo per cent of the Argyle pink diamond annual production. It is expected that less than 100 carats of the equivalent profile will be produced by the mine prior to closure in 2020.

Argyle Pink Everlasting Collection
Argyle Pink Everlasting Collection

Jewellery historian Vivienne Becker said “ The Everlastings Collection™, representing one of the last offerings of its kind from the Argyle mine, will feed the unstoppable demand from designers and jewellers who appreciate the finite raity of these beautiful gems”.

Encapsulating a rich history and an extraordinary provenance, every lot in the Argyle Pink Everlastings™ Collection is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.

Rio Tinto Copper & Diamonds vice president of sales and marketing Mr Alan Chirgwin said “ We are delighted to offer for the first time ever this unique collection of rare Argyle pink diamonds, destined to be in strong demand by the world’s finest jewellers.

“The accumulation of these diamonds from a certifiable source in various shapes, sizes and colours is the result of a painstaking endeavour, unlikely to be ever repeated.”

The Argyle Pink Everlastings™ Collection will be tendered alongside the annual Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender in Perth, Singapore, London and New York with bids closing on 9 October 2019.