The finest and rarest diamonds are reserved for the annual Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender, which is widely referred to as the most exclusive diamond sale in the world. The event highlights a small number of important diamonds from the Argyle mine that stand apart from their peers in terms of vibrancy and intensity of colour.
The 50 to 60 of the most extraordinarily rare pink, red and violet diamonds that are offered as part of the Tender represent less than 0.01 percent of diamonds ever unearthed from the Argyle Diamond Mine.
The first Tender took place in 1984 with 33 stones offered, with a total weight of just over 18 carats. It created a sensation in the diamond industry. Never before had such a collection of pinks been seen together.
Argyle pink diamonds are coveted by many, but owned by few. The Tender is an invitation-only event for specially selected diamantaires and collectors.
Tender viewings are held around the globe with past Tenders having travelled to Antwerp, Geneva, London, Tokyo, Singapore, Mumbai, Sydney, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, New York and Copenhagen. Connoisseurs, collectors and luxury jewellers are invited to place sealed bids on the diamonds. Prices for these diamonds can exceed millions of dollars per carat.