Rio Tinto’s iconic Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender is being showcased to connoisseurs and collectors from across Asia in Hong Kong; the miner has also unveiled a one-of-a-kind pink diamond and emerald necklace during a world exclusive preview in Hong Kong. Headlining the 2018 collection of 63 pink, red and violet diamonds is The Argyle Muse, a 2.28 carat polished oval diamond, the largest purplish red diamond ever offered at Tender. Rio expects it will be highly sought after by collectors and connoisseurs from Asia where the colour red is highly symbolic. The Argyle Muse originated from a 7.51 carat rough diamond that yielded a second purplish red diamond for inclusion in the 2018 Tender (Lot number 9).
Rio Tinto Diamonds global marketing director Josephine Johnson said “We are delighted to be in Hong Kong with this highly sought after collection of rare pink, red and violet diamonds. We have seen, and continue to see, strong demand in the Asia market for these rare diamonds and an appreciation of their value as works of art and great beauty.” Rio Tinto’s Argyle diamond mine in the far north of Western Australia produces virtually the world’s entire supply of pink, red and violet diamonds. The 63 diamonds in the Tender weigh a total of 51.48 carats – including five Fancy Red diamonds, two Purplish Red diamonds and three Violet diamonds. The 2018 Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender will travel to New York after Hong Kong with bids closing on 10 October 2017.
Also on display in Hong Kong is “Earth Magic”, a statement necklace which is a powerful symbol of the union of two of the world’s most coveted jewels: Argyle Pink Diamonds and Muzo Emeralds. Central to the necklace is a flawless 5.25 carat emerald, the finest emerald that has been uncovered from the Muzo mine in Colombia in the last 30 years, vividly contrasted with two magnificent Argyle pink diamonds weighing 1.77 carats. Muzo Emeralds director Jason Woods said “ I am delighted with this collaboration. Breathtakingly beautiful and contrasting in colour, Argyle pink diamonds and Muzo emeralds are responsibly sourced and ethically mined in two remote corners of the world: the East Kimberley region of Western Australia and the Boyaca region of Colombia. Valued at US$4.5 million and designed by Singapore based Argyle Pink Diamonds partner John Glajz, the Earth Magic necklace is being showcased alongside the 2018 Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender collection.