Melbourne, Australia. Sept. 3, 2020. Miner Rio Tinto today announced a virtual preview, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, of rare pink, red, violet, and blue diamonds from its Argyle diamond mine. Other viewings will occur later in the year at the mine before the stones travel to Singapore and Antwerp. Bids will close on December 2, 2020.
This year’s diamonds represent one of the last offerings that will ever be made to an exclusive group of collectors and luxury jewelry houses given that the legendary mine will close at the end of 2020 after nearly four decades of production. Because of the significance of this year’s offerings, the 2020 Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender is also being referred to as One Lifetime, One Encounter.
“We have seen, and continue to see, strong demand for these highly coveted diamonds, which, together with extremely limited global supply, supports the significant value appreciation for Argyle pink diamonds,” Arnaud Soirat, Rio Tinto chief executive of copper and diamonds, told the media.
The 2020 Argyle Pink Diamond Tender represents a collection of the rarest diamonds from a year’s production from the mine in the remote east Kimberley region of Western Australia. The 2020 Argyle Pink Diamond Tender collection has six hero stones selected for their unique beauty and named to ensure there is a permanent record of their contribution to the history of the world’s most significant diamonds. This year’s historic offerings comprise a total of 62 diamonds weighing 57.23 carats.
Hero stones are as follows:
Lot 1: Argyle Eternity, a 2.24 ct. round-brilliant Fancy Vivid Purplish Pink diamond (this stone represents the largest Fancy Vivid round-brilliant diamond ever offered at the Tender)
Lot 2: Argyle Ethereal, a 2.45 ct. square-radiant-shape Fancy Intense Purple-Pink diamond
Lot 3: Argyle Sakura, a 1.84 ct. pear-shape Fancy Vivid Purplish Pink diamond
Lot 4: Argyle Emrys, a 0.43 ct. Princess-shape Fancy Deep Grayish Violetish Blue diamond
Lot 5: Argyle Skylar, a 0.33 ct. heart-shape Fancy Dark Gray-Violet diamond
Lot 6: Argyle Infinité, a 0.70 ct. oval Fancy Dark Violet-Gray diamond
Also included in the Tender 2020 are 12 lots of never-to-be-repeated sets of miniature rare Argyle pink, red, blue, and violet diamonds, weighing 13.90 carats in total. Titled The Petite Suites, these stones have been collected over a five-year period.
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