The Argyle Diamond Mine was located in a remote corner of Western Australia’s east Kimberley region, 3,040 kilometres from the state’s capital city, Perth. The rugged beauty of this landscape is a vision in its own right, renowned for its rocky red earth, ancient gorges and distinctive flora and fauna.
The Argyle Diamond Mine remains one of history’s most important diamond discoveries. From the commencement of production in 1983, the mine enthralled the world by producing diamonds with a depth, range and intensity of colour never seen before or since. While operating, the Argyle Diamond Mine produced more than 90% of the world’s supply of rare pink diamonds; yet less than 1% of the mine’s total production was pink.
Unearthing diamonds from the vastly remote Western Australian terrain was a challenge both in size and complexity. Established using alluvial mining methods, the Argyle Diamond Mine transitioned to an open pit mine in 1985, subsequently moving underground in 2013 in order to access diamonds resting more than 0.5 kilometres beneath the Earth’s surface.
Although the Argyle Diamond Mine celebrated its final day of mining on 3 November 2020, Argyle Pink Diamonds™ continues to carefully place the last of the mine’s precious cache of rare diamonds, and perform our role as custodian of the precious legacy of Australia’s finest luxury export.