Rio Tinto’s Argyle mine in WA has discovered a large violet diamond, dubbing it “The Argyle Violet”.
The 2.83 carat polished oval diamond will be the centrepiece of the 2016 Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender, the annual showcase of the rarest diamonds from the Argyle mine.
Patrick Coppens, Rio Tinto Diamonds general manager of sales, said the diamond was “impossibly rare” and will be highly sought after for its size and beauty.
Argyle mine produces more than 90 per cent of the world’s rare pink diamonds and is the only source of hydrogen-rich violet diamonds. In 32 years, only 12 carats of violet diamonds have been discovered and featured at the Tender.
Josephine Johnson, Argyle Pink Diamonds manager said, “We are very excited to announced this historic diamond ahead of our Tender launch.”
“This stunning violet diamond will capture the imagination of the world’s leading collectors and connoisseurs.”
The Argyle Violet was polished by Richard How Kim Kam from a 9.17 carat rough diamond discovered in 2015.
The mine also produces pink diamonds and discovered its largest ever rough pink diamond in 2012. The 12.76 stone was unearthed after 26 years of production at Argyle.