The Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender – the world’s most exclusive sale of coloured diamonds – is presently being previewed in Tokyo. The gems are being offered by tender, with potential buyers able to view the 64 exceptionally rare gemstones including pink, Fancy Red and blue, before they travel to Hong Kong and Perth.
Mined from Rio Tinto’s Argyle Mine in Western Australia, the standouts are the Fancy Red diamonds – which represent the pinnacle of value and rarity in the diamond industry – the hero of which is the Argyle Phoenix, a 1.56ct round Fancy Red diamond named in honour of the newly commissioned Argyle underground mine.
Other highlights include a 3.02ct Radiant Fancy Intense Orange-Pink diamond, named the Argyle Imperial – the first diamond to appear at the tender in eight years weighing more than three carats – and an unusual 0.71ct blue heart-shaped diamond called the Argyle Celestial.
Diamond enthusiasts may marvel at the sparkle and attraction of a white gem, but the precious coloured stones are truly unique as they comprise less than one-tenth of 1 per cent of Argyle’s annual diamond production.
The Argyle Diamond Mine produces more than 90% of the world’s pink diamonds, the best examples of which are reserved for the Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender.
For more information on the gems, the tender process and bidding please go to Argyle Diamonds
Bidding closes on 2 October 2013.