London based mining company Rio Tinto recently introduced the world to their largest pink diamond on record. The gem weighs a whopping 3.14 carats and joins 62 other diamonds as part of the company’s 2018 Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender. In total the diamonds comprising the tender weigh in at 51 carats. These diamonds are all the more covetable thanks to the incipient closure of the mine that they came from.
The largest of the lot is called Argyle Alpha and has been given a desirable emerald cut – this cut is usually employed to show off the clarity of the gem rather than its radiance. This gem is joined by other covetable rocks including the Argyle Muse, a 2.28-carat polished oval diamond, which is being called largest purplish red diamond ever offered at tender.
“I am delighted to unveil this stunning Argyle Alpha diamond, the largest Vivid Pink diamond presented since the Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender began in 1984,” said Rio Tinto chief executive Jean-Sébastien Jacques. “Rio Tinto’s Argyle mine is the world’s only source of these highly coveted pink, red, and violet diamonds, and we expect considerable interest in this year’s collection. The combination of strong demand and extremely limited world supply continues to support significant value appreciation for Argyle pink diamonds.”
The diamonds will now do the rounds where they can be inspected by collectors, jewelers and other potential buyers who will offer bids until October 10.