In a hauntingly remote but breathtakingly beautiful corner of Western Australia, lies the east Kimberley wilderness, the exquisite birthplace of Argyle pink diamonds. It is a land without comparison, with red rocky terrain, ancient gorges, expansive waterways and astonishing native flora and fauna.
It was here amid this magnificent setting, 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.
Prior to the 1980's, 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. From the time of its establishment until its closure in late 2020, the Argyle Diamond Mine was the world’s only consistent source of rare pink diamonds, accounting for more than 90% of global supply.
Characterised by its spectacular intensity and unique colour range, Argyle’s iconic jewel box of diamonds remains unmatched by any other source.
Since its world-first unveiling in the early 1980’s, the Argyle pink diamond has achieved global notoriety, held esteemed as the rarest and most captivating diamond in the world. Revealed from its ancient Western Australian birthplace, its uniqueness and exceptional beauty has seen the Argyle pink diamond likened to works of fine art, hidden treasures, rare books and unique icons. Such is their rarity that only around 0.1% of the Argyle Diamond Mine’s annual production of rough diamonds was pink, yet it has been the singular source of more than 90% of the world’s supply of rare pink diamonds for the past nearly four decades. As the mine’s very final treasures are revealed, the spotlight shines on the finite nature of these exquisite masterpieces of nature, and an enduring legacy that is Beyond Rare™.
Beyond the aesthetic beauty of an Argyle pink diamond is an equally beautiful story of esteemed provenance, care and custody, a journey unfolding over the course of more than a billion years. As the custodians of these rare ancient treasures for more than four decades, Argyle Pink Diamonds has honoured each precious stone with meticulous tracking from the moment of its unearthing as a rough, through 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.