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Rio Tinto Unveils Virtual Preview of Annual Argyle Pink, Red, Violet, and Blue Diamonds

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.

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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 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 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 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 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 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

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.

For more information, email enquiries@argylepinkdiamonds.com.au.

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Balfour and Kendra Scott Partner on a Class Jewelry Collection

Dallas. Sept. 2, 2020. Jewelry brand Kendra Scott has partnered with Balfour, a digital retailer and class jewelry maker, to debut a line of customizable class jewels. The partnership marks the first collaboration of its kind for Kendra Scott.

“Balfour is focused on reinventing tradition, and this partnership accomplishes exactly that,” said Scott Blevins, senior vice president at Balfour, to the media. “The Kendra Scott collection combines personalization with designer fashion in a way never before seen in the class jewelry market.”

The Kendra Scott Collection by Balfour collection comprises eight ring styles, including two designed specifically for men, along with three pendant necklaces. Students can choose from 18 stone colors and 13 different metal types, including precious metals. Each piece was designed to give students a fresh way to celebrate academic achievements while complementing their personal style. The designs are a nod to several of Kendra Scott’s most popular shapes and stones.

Also included are some pendant styles geared towards moms and teachers. All pieces can be personalized, from stone incising to side design customization to engraving. Retail pricing starts at $200 for the high school collection and $400 for the college collection, depending on style, stone, and school. Pieces are available for purchase now on Balfour.com.

“It is an honor to launch Kendra Scott’s first design collaboration with such a respected brand name as Balfour,” said Kendra Scott. “By pairing Balfour’s commitment to tradition with our take on trend and customization, I believe this collection offers seniors a fresh, exciting way to celebrate when they need it most.”

Kendra Scott Collection by Balfour will be licensed at more than 500 colleges and universities, and new schools are being added online daily. To see if your school is available, shop at balfour.com. To learn more about adding the Kendra Scott Collection to your school’s class jewelry offering, email heybalfour@balfour.com.

For more information, contact Jeannie Evanchan at jeannie@praytellagency.com

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KC Designs Unveils the Made-in-New-York KCNY Collection

New York City. Sept. 1, 2020. Jewelry manufacturer KC Designs has long worked with partners worldwide to create their karat-gold and diamond styles, but the brand has just unveiled a new curated offering of basics and trend-driven jewels call the KCNY Collection. The looks are made exclusively in New York City in an effort to support local manufacturing.

“We wanted to separate out some of the locally made items to focus on our commitment to supporting local manufacturing jobs, so we created the KCNY Collection,” explains Tiffany Sabo in a phone interview yesterday.

The KCNY Collection has just over 100 pieces to date made in 14k gold. Pieces include talismans and celestial charms, diamond crosses, simple bezel-set diamonds on adjustable chains, and diamond initial necklaces. 

The collection was born from the brand’s recent decision to reconsider some overseas manufacturing. Plus, U.S.-based production helps retail clients by way of quick delivery, especially on rush orders. “This helps the economy and supports local jobs,” adds Sabo.

View the collection on the KC Designs website.

For more information, email Tiffany Sabo at tiffany@kcdesignsnyc.com.

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Monica Rich Kosann Jewelry Achieves Certified B Corporation Status

Wilton, Conn. Aug. 31, 2020. Seventeen-year-old jewelry brand Monica Rich Kosann, known for its karat gold and silver lockets, recently announced its Certified B Corporation status. The achievement was more than a year in the making, Kosann told the press over email.

According to the Certified B Corporation website, businesses that achieve this status are for-profit firms that balance purpose and profit. Certified B Corporations “are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions on their workers, customers, suppliers, community, and the environment.”

B Corp Certification assesses a company’s overall positive impact, including social and environmental performance and transparency, and focuses on governance, workers, customers, environment, and community. B Corp Certification is administered by the nonprofit B Lab, involves third-party validation, and demands that recertification occur every three years. The process is rigorous. Vogue Business recently reported that only 3,500 companies to date have earned certification out of 100,000 applicants.

What really gives this designation clout? Its accountability. B Corp employers could lose status if they dismissed staffers or canceled orders during, say, a pandemic.

“Since the beginning of our company, how we conduct ourselves has been an important part of our journey and a core part of our culture,” said Kosann. “Whether it involves our sourcing, our supply chain, our employees, or the environment and communities in which we operate, we have always pursued the highest standards of quality and excellence. As we have grown, we have also attempted to communicate this with transparency, and it was through those efforts that we first came to understand the growing movement around Certified B Corporations.”

The brand is no stranger to “walking the walk” of both responsible citizen and business. Prior steps that paved the way for this certification include verifications of standards and best practices for factory partners, using precious metals sourced from other B Corp members, dedicated giving to charities, paid volunteer days for employees, and donations made by the brand to staffers’ favorite charitable causes.

For more information, contact the brand at Monica@monicarichkosann.com. Click here for more information about Certified B Corporations.