Rio Tinto’s 2016 Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender is being showcased in Hong Kong against the backdrop of the annual Hong Kong Gems and Jewellery Fair. The 2016 Tender collection features 63 unique diamonds. The centerpiece of the collection is The Argyle Violet, the largest violet diamond unearthed from the Argyle mine and the largest diamond in the 2016 Tender.
The 2016 Tender, named the “Chroma Collection” because of its potency of color, comprises 57 pink diamonds, two violet diamonds and four red diamonds and weighs a total of 58.24 carats. The collection comprises five “hero” diamonds selected for their unique beauty. They include a 2.83 carat Fancy Deep Grayish Bluish Violet oval diamond, a 1.11 carat Fancy Dark Gray-Violet pear-shape stone, a 1.21 carat Fancy Vivid Purple-Pink pear shape gem, a 2.24 carat Fancy Vivid Purplish Pink radiant cut diamond, and a 1.09 carat Fancy Red oval stone
"The fundamental economics of pink diamonds – increasing demand for a truly scarce product – are providing the catalyst for unprecedented interest by international collectors who are looking to rare assets to add to their personal holdings," Rio Tinto said in a statement. "Hong Kong is an important and long-standing trading hub for fancy colored diamonds with consistent growth in demand from mainland China over the past five years."
Also accompanying the Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender in Hong Kong is the Argyle Blossom, a multi-million dollar Argyle pink diamond ring comprising six pink and violet diamonds from previous Argyle Pink Diamonds tenders.
Following its exclusive preview in Copenhagen, the 2016 Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender is being showcased during invitation-only viewings in Hong Kong, New York and Perth and bids will close on October 12.