In a hauntingly remote but breathtakingly beautiful corner of Western Australia, lies the east Kimberley wilderness, the location of the Argyle Diamond Mine. It is a land without comparison, with red rocky terrain, ancient gorges, expansive waterways and astonishing native flora and fauna. It was here that Argyle pink diamonds were created, more than 1.6 billion years ago, forged under conditions of extreme temperatures and tremendous pressure more than 160 kilometres below the earth’s surface.
In a landmark discovery, the first Argyle pink diamonds were discovered in 1979, gleaming atop an anthill. Literally a gift of nature, the 1.6 billion year old treasure offered a glimpse into the ancient origins of the land.
Prior to the 1980s, production of pink diamonds had been sporadic, and limited to regions in India, Brazil, Africa and Indonesia. The commencement of the Argyle Diamond Mine in Western Australia in 1983 was therefore a watershed event in the global diamond industry. It remains the only consistent source of over 90% of pink diamonds globally.
Nowhere else in the world will you find such a treasure trove of pink diamonds, with an intensity and range of colour that is unmatched by any other source.
Argyle pink diamonds are coveted for their rarity and revered for their exquisite beauty. Such is their rarity that an entire year’s collection of polished Argyle pink diamonds over one carat would fit in the palm of one’s hand. It would take approximately 15 years to accumulate enough Argyle Pink Signature Tender diamonds to fill a champagne flute.
Beyond the aesthetic beauty of an Argyle pink diamond is an equally beautiful story of esteemed provenance, care and custody. The careful custodianship of an Argyle pink diamond begins from the moment the diamond is mined, to its transformation to polished by the hands of the world’s finest diamond artisans, and finally into the custody of its trusted partner network.
While each rough pink diamond discovered at Argyle is an inherently rare miracle of nature, it is in the hands of the diamond cutter, talented artisans, that each rough diamond is transformed into a polished masterpiece - its fiery brilliance and unique beauty truly revealed.
This meticulous transformation occurs at Argyle Pink Diamonds’ state-of-the-art Perth cutting and polishing facility, where diamond artisans with over 100 years of combined experience handcraft the finest of Argyle’s pink diamond production above 0.20 carats.
The complicated molecular structure of pink diamonds makes them more difficult to cut, with polishing taking three to four times longer than white diamonds. Once polished, each rare Argyle pink diamond is colour graded according to an internationally recognised and proprietary grading system.
From here, the diamond is submitted to the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) for certification before being offered for sale to our exclusive partner network.