Rio Tinto has unveiled an exquisite jewellery piece featuring rare Argyle Pink Diamonds. The Argyle Rose, designed by Western Australia’s Solid Gold Diamonds, is a stunning display of 3.25 carats of pink and blue diamonds sourced from the Argyle Mine in East Kimberley. As one of the last diamonds from the Argyle, this piece contains precious gems skillfully arranged in a beautiful rose pattern and expertly set in platinum and 18K gold, surrounded by white diamonds.
The unique centre of this piece features an exceptional 1.36 carat Fancy Deep Pink radiant-cut diamond, which is one of only 12 similar diamonds with a colour grading of 1P produced by the Argyle in the last 30 years. The centre is surrounded by petal-shaped Argyle Diamonds in pink and blue, totalling 1.89 carats with an additional 2.80 carats of white diamonds. It can be worn as a ring or pendant and is currently available for purchase at the price of $2 million.
The Argyle Pink Diamonds Icon Partner programme has introduced the Argyle Rose to protect the origin of Argyle Pink Diamonds following the mine’s closure in November 2020. This project is led by renowned international jewellers known for their exceptional craftsmanship and creativity. It celebrates the world’s most valuable diamonds with exquisite designs. Each creation is rare and valuable, making them highly coveted by collectors.
Sinead Kaufman, chief executive of Rio Tinto says “I am delighted to launch the Argyle Rose. Encapsulating a rich history and an extraordinary provenance, it is both a contemporary treasure and an heirloom for tomorrow…these rare and precious diamonds are one and a half billion years old, from one of the most beautiful places on earth, and the world is simply not producing them anymore.”