Rio Tinto is showcasing its iconic Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender to connoisseurs and collectors from across Asia, along with 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. The Argyle Muse originated from a 7.51-carat rough diamond that yielded a second purplish red diamond for inclusion in the 2018 tender.
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.”
The pink diamond and emerald necklace, titled ‘Earth Magic’ brings together Argyle pink diamonds with emeralds from Colombia’s Muzo mine. Central to the necklace is a flawless 5.25-carat emerald, which Rio Tinto says is the finest emerald that has been uncovered from the Muzo mine in Colombia in the last 30 years. This is contrasted with two Argyle pink diamonds weighing 1.77 carats.
Johnson stated, “‘Muzo emeralds are a natural partner for Argyle pink diamonds as we share the same obsession for craftsmanship and pedigree, masterfully expressed with the fusion of our rarest gems in the Earth Magic jewels.”
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.”
The necklace, designed by Singapore based Argyle Pink Diamonds partner John Glajz, is valued at $4.5 million.