The Argyle Diamond Mine is located in a remote corner of the east Kimberley Region of Western Australia, 3040 kilometres from the capital, Perth. The staggering 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 discovery of diamonds in the dry creek beds of the east Kimberley’s vast and breathtaking wilderness did not occur until the 1970s, and to this day, remains one of history’s most important diamond discoveries. The Argyle Mine commenced production in 1983, and since then has enthralled the world’s diamond collective with a depth, range and intensity of colour never seen before or since. Accounting for more than 90 per cent of global pink diamond supply, the Argyle Mine is the world’s only ongoing source of rare pink diamonds in history.
Unearthing these treasures is a challenge both in size and complexity. The Argyle Mine is located 0.5 kilometres underground, where two crushers and an intricate network of tunnels spanning around 40 kilometres facilitate the access of diamonds from the furthest reaches of the earth. The mine operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Having exhausted economic production, Argyle will close at the end of 2020, and with it the rarity of its precious pink diamond production intensifies with each passing day.