From birth to timeless legacy: The complete story of Argyle pink diamonds
Posted April 22, 2021 | By Arabella Roden • Editor As the era of the Argyle Mine draws to a close, ARABELLA RODEN explores the compelling history and enduring legacy of the world’s premier source of pink diamonds. REPORT INDEX - CLICK ITEM TO JUMP TO RELEVANT SECTION
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Chart source: Jeweller analysis, GIA, excludes Petite Suites and Pink Everlastings is no way to discuss the pink diamond category without the Argyle Mine. Discovered in 1979 and operational since the mid-1980s, the Rio Tinto owned-and-operated site – located 550km southwest of Darwin, in the remote Kimberley region of Western Australia – produced 90 to 95 per cent of the world’s pink and red diamonds before its closure in November 2020.
'Argyle: The Impossible Story of Australian Diamonds; A Book released on Argyle Mine This is the story of the intrepid Australian geologists who discovered pink diamonds in the Kimberley By: Diamond World News Service |
Reference: 25454 The remote Kimberley region of Western Australia has a rich history and unique geography. In the 1960s De Beers, the world’s largest diamond company, sent gem-hunters to the area but they came away empty-handed. It was a vast region to survey, and they’d overlooked something vital.
A few years later, a team of Australian geologists with a tiny budget searched for even tinier mineral clues. Those clues led them to the earth’s largest diamond deposit and the world’s largest and richest source of coloured diamonds including the very rare pink diamonds. Based on in-depth research and interviews—including with Alan King Jones, Bill Leslie and ‘the father of Australian diamonds’, Ewen Tyler—Argyle: The Impossible Story of Australian Diamonds details the almost overwhelming challenges with realising a diamond mining venture in Australia, shows how these obstacles were overcome, and explores the mine’s impact and legacy.