|Rio Tinto’s spectacular 2016 Pink Diamonds Tender collection of 63 rare pink, red and violet diamonds from its Argyle mine delivered a record result in November, reflecting strong global demand for these increasingly rare diamonds. Known as The Chroma Collection, the 2016 Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender comprised the highest quality, size and colour composition in the Tender’s 32 year history. The 2016 Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender achieved the highest average price per carat since the Tender began in 1984.|
The Argyle Violet was secured by L.J. West Diamonds Inc, which plans to showcase the historic diamond at the Diamonds: Rare Brilliance exhibition at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County in December 2016.
|Rio Tinto’s 2016 Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender was launched during at a world exclusive preview in Copenhagen.|
The Argyle Violet
|The “Chroma Collection” comprises 57 pink diamonds, two violet diamonds and four red diamonds and weighs a total of 58.24 carats.|
The Argyle Violet, a 2.83 oval violet diamond, is the centerpiece of the tender. It is the largest violet diamond ever recovered from the Argyle mine. Violet diamonds are extremely rare – with just 12 carats of polished diamonds coming from the Argyle mine over 32 years.
The rough gem originally weighed 9.17 carats and had etchings, pits and crevices. The Argyle Violet was polished down to a 2.83 carat, oval-shaped diamond.
Ultra™ 1.11 carat pear shaped violet diamond
|Pink, blue and red diamonds are seen as investments that have performed extremely well.|
Wealthy buyers in volatile economies view rare, colored diamonds as a hedge against economic uncertainty.
Argyle Aria™, 1.09 carat oval shaped Fancy Red diamond
Viva™ 1.21 carat pear shaped Vivid purple pink diamond
Thea™ 2.24 carat radiant cut Vivid purplish pink