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The Final Guardians

An Ancient Birthplace
An Ancient Birthplace

Nowhere else in the world will you find such a rare treasure trove of pink diamonds, with an intensity of colour that is unmatched by any other stone, than in the east Kimberley. And nowhere else will you encounter as awe-inspiring a terrain.

 

Nestled in the remote corner of Western Australian, 3040 kilometres from the capital, Perth, exists one of the world’s last great wilderness regions and the extraordinary birthplace of Argyle pink diamonds. It is a land without comparison, with red rocky landscapes, ancient gorges, expansive waterways, and astonishing native flora and fauna. It is here, in this hauntingly remote vista, where the billion year odyssey of an Argyle pink diamond begins.

Covering over one million square kilometres, the rugged east Kimberley landscape bears witness to one of the richest natural prehistoric art galleries on Earth, allowing its visitors to connect with one of the oldest surviving cultures in existence. Indigenous rock paintings date back some 60,000 years – that is five times longer than the Egyptian pyramids – providing an invaluable record of the land’s ancient heritage and its people.

 

The discovery of diamonds in the dry creek beds in this vastly remote part of the world did not occur until the 1980s, and to this day remains one of the world’s most important diamond discoveries in history. It would result in the establishment of the Argyle Diamond Mine; change the diamond industry forever; and would bring the most coveted of all diamonds to the world – the rare Argyle pink diamond.

Pure Provenance
Pure Provenance

Embedded within the facets of each Argyle pink diamond is a story of provenance – a delightful and intriguing narrative of nature’s forces, geological evolution and the destinies of all who have guarded it on its journey. 

 

craftsmanship
craftsmanship

Each Argyle pink diamond is like a miniature gift of love, intricately crafted from rough diamond to rare polished treasure by the hands of the finest artisans in the world. In the care of a diamond cutter, the art of nature becomes a masterpiece.

Intuition meets with more than 100 combined years of precision in the master craftsmen at Argyle Pink Diamonds' state-of-the-art Perth atelier. It is within these hands that the inherent magnificence of a rough pink diamond is elevated to its pinnacle, and the brightness, fire and scintillation of a diamond is truly revealed. 

 

The stakes are high, as the slightest misjudgement means the irrevocable loss of precious colour, and cutting pink diamonds presents unparalleled challenges. 

 

 

Their complicated structure makes them harder to cut, with polishing taking three to four times longer than white diamonds. But there is no replacement for the highly trained eye.

 

A steady nerve is a requisite, and the rewards of steering the destiny of this inimitable diamond are difficult to match.

 

Creativity, along with a firm grasp of the physics of light and how to encourage its course to unleash the brightness and fire of a stone, are essential at the atelier bench.

 

Once the transformation is complete, the diamond is colour-graded before being forwarded to the Gemological Institute of America, for certification in advance of the Signature Tender.

Care and custody
Care and custody

It takes over a year and many individuals to steer an Argyle pink diamond from a rough billion year old rough diamond to its final destination in the Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender.

Upholding the precious provenance of each of its diamonds, Argyle Pink Diamonds requests that every company in the production chain, from mine to market, employs fair trade practices of the same international standards required by the Responsible Jewellery Council, for which Rio Tinto is a founding member. This careful chain of custody provides the assurance that each certified diamond is as sustainable and ethically sound as it is beautiful and rare.

 

Argyle Pink Diamonds was awarded the Butterfly Mark accreditation by Positive Luxury in 2017 in recognition of its leading sustainable practices and careful custodianship of its diamonds throughout the supply chain, from the moment it is unearthed as a rough diamond, to the time it is offered for sale as a polished gem.

At the vanguard of reform in the industry, Argyle Pink Diamonds established a certification programme in 2005 for its diamonds over twenty points (0.20 carats), and for gems over fifteen points (0.15 carats) in 2009. These diamonds are laser inscribed with a unique lot number that is only visible under magnification, and are issued with an Argyle Pink Diamonds Gem Identification and Authenticity Document.  A symbol of its responsibly sourcing, the inscription and accompanying documentation delivers an important guarantee on the chain of custody from the mine to the point of purchase, providing assurance that the gem has always been in the care of Argyle Pink Diamonds and its trusted trade partners.

Argyle pink diamonds over fifteen points purchased from 1 January 2009 can be verified online via the Argyle Pink Diamond Check service.

The Final Guardians
The Final Guardians

From the moment a rough Argyle pink diamond is unearthed until the time it is offered for purchase as a polished stone, the remarkable collectable is upheld by professional vigilance and dedicated care.

While the annual Signature Tender showcases the finest 50-60 diamonds from a year’s production, polished Argyle pink diamonds that are not sold through the Tender continue their journey into the hands of our trusted partners, a global network of specially appointed Authorised Partners and Select Ateliers committed to our standards of care and ensuring the chain of custody of every Argyle pink diamond remains intact. 

There are some 30 Argyle Pink Diamonds Select Ateliers around the world, counted on as the most trusted jewellers in the industry, relied on for their unerring quality, integrity, and spectacular creativity. Most importantly, they share a passion for perfection that is the quest for the absolute.

 

These master jewellers epitomise superlative craftsmanship from every vantage point. As the final guardians of the world’s rarest diamonds, they hold the important responsibility of preserving the legacy of these historical gems, creating iconic jewels, signature designs and heirlooms to be treasured for generations to come.

 

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Nowhere else in the world will you find such a rare treasure trove of pink diamonds, with an intensity of colour that is unmatched by any other stone, than in the east Kimberley. And nowhere else will you encounter as awe-inspiring a terrain.

 

Nestled in the remote corner of Western Australian, 3040 kilometres from the capital, Perth, exists one of the world’s last great wilderness regions and the extraordinary birthplace of Argyle pink diamonds. It is a land without comparison, with red rocky landscapes, ancient gorges, expansive waterways, and astonishing native flora and fauna. It is here, in this hauntingly remote vista, where the billion year odyssey of an Argyle pink diamond begins.

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Covering over one million square kilometres, the rugged east Kimberley landscape bears witness to one of the richest natural prehistoric art galleries on Earth, allowing its visitors to connect with one of the oldest surviving cultures in existence. Indigenous rock paintings date back some 60,000 years – that is five times longer than the Egyptian pyramids – providing an invaluable record of the land’s ancient heritage and its people.

 

The discovery of diamonds in the dry creek beds in this vastly remote part of the world did not occur until the 1980s, and to this day remains one of the world’s most important diamond discoveries in history. It would result in the establishment of the Argyle Diamond Mine; change the diamond industry forever; and would bring the most coveted of all diamonds to the world – the rare Argyle pink diamond.

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Pure Provenance
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Embedded within the facets of each Argyle pink diamond is a story of provenance – a delightful and intriguing narrative of nature’s forces, geological evolution and the destinies of all who have guarded it on its journey. 

 

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Each Argyle pink diamond is like a miniature gift of love, intricately crafted from rough diamond to rare polished treasure by the hands of the finest artisans in the world. In the care of a diamond cutter, the art of nature becomes a masterpiece.

Intuition meets with more than 100 combined years of precision in the master craftsmen at Argyle Pink Diamonds' state-of-the-art Perth atelier. It is within these hands that the inherent magnificence of a rough pink diamond is elevated to its pinnacle, and the brightness, fire and scintillation of a diamond is truly revealed. 

 

The stakes are high, as the slightest misjudgement means the irrevocable loss of precious colour, and cutting pink diamonds presents unparalleled challenges. 

 

 

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Their complicated structure makes them harder to cut, with polishing taking three to four times longer than white diamonds. But there is no replacement for the highly trained eye.

 

A steady nerve is a requisite, and the rewards of steering the destiny of this inimitable diamond are difficult to match.

 

Creativity, along with a firm grasp of the physics of light and how to encourage its course to unleash the brightness and fire of a stone, are essential at the atelier bench.

 

Once the transformation is complete, the diamond is colour-graded before being forwarded to the Gemological Institute of America, for certification in advance of the Signature Tender.

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It takes over a year and many individuals to steer an Argyle pink diamond from a rough billion year old rough diamond to its final destination in the Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender.

Upholding the precious provenance of each of its diamonds, Argyle Pink Diamonds requests that every company in the production chain, from mine to market, employs fair trade practices of the same international standards required by the Responsible Jewellery Council, for which Rio Tinto is a founding member. This careful chain of custody provides the assurance that each certified diamond is as sustainable and ethically sound as it is beautiful and rare.

 

Argyle Pink Diamonds was awarded the Butterfly Mark accreditation by Positive Luxury in 2017 in recognition of its leading sustainable practices and careful custodianship of its diamonds throughout the supply chain, from the moment it is unearthed as a rough diamond, to the time it is offered for sale as a polished gem.

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At the vanguard of reform in the industry, Argyle Pink Diamonds established a certification programme in 2005 for its diamonds over twenty points (0.20 carats), and for gems over fifteen points (0.15 carats) in 2009. These diamonds are laser inscribed with a unique lot number that is only visible under magnification, and are issued with an Argyle Pink Diamonds Gem Identification and Authenticity Document.  A symbol of its responsibly sourcing, the inscription and accompanying documentation delivers an important guarantee on the chain of custody from the mine to the point of purchase, providing assurance that the gem has always been in the care of Argyle Pink Diamonds and its trusted trade partners.

Argyle pink diamonds over fifteen points purchased from 1 January 2009 can be verified online via the Argyle Pink Diamond Check service.

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From the moment a rough Argyle pink diamond is unearthed until the time it is offered for purchase as a polished stone, the remarkable collectable is upheld by professional vigilance and dedicated care.

While the annual Signature Tender showcases the finest 50-60 diamonds from a year’s production, polished Argyle pink diamonds that are not sold through the Tender continue their journey into the hands of our trusted partners, a global network of specially appointed Authorised Partners and Select Ateliers committed to our standards of care and ensuring the chain of custody of every Argyle pink diamond remains intact. 

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There are some 30 Argyle Pink Diamonds Select Ateliers around the world, counted on as the most trusted jewellers in the industry, relied on for their unerring quality, integrity, and spectacular creativity. Most importantly, they share a passion for perfection that is the quest for the absolute.

 

These master jewellers epitomise superlative craftsmanship from every vantage point. As the final guardians of the world’s rarest diamonds, they hold the important responsibility of preserving the legacy of these historical gems, creating iconic jewels, signature designs and heirlooms to be treasured for generations to come.

 

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