The Lasting Legacy
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend. In case you haven’t heard, we
thought we would share this incredible story with you.
Their stunning beauty and increasing rarity, are no wonder why that Pink Diamonds are more desired around the world than ever before. For close to four decades, the Argyle Mine in Western Australia was the world’s primary source of pink diamonds, generating around 90 per cent of the total supply. However, only 0.1 per cent of the mine’s total production was pink, making each pink diamond incredibly rare – and even more so, since the mine’s closure in November 2020.
The Western Australia mine was once the world’s largest diamond mine but was shut down in 2020 after becoming economically unviable. Still, this mine is truly unique – not only because of how many pink diamonds it has produced but because it sits in a geologically intriguing area. For years, scientists and diamond companies believed diamonds large enough to be mined could be found only in the heart of ancient continents. But the Western Australia mine sits at what was once the edge of two continents that collided and stitched together only 1.8 billion years ago.
With the mine having closed, and pink diamonds becoming rarer as we speak, one can only hope scientists will soon unravel the mystery of how pink diamonds form.
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Selecting a Pink Diamond
However, not all pink diamonds are created equal. As with any diamond, the so-called 4 Cs of a stone – carat, colour, clarity and cut – will dictate its quality. However, it primarily comes down to one big C – colour – followed by three smaller ones.
The stones range in colour from the palest blush pink to the most vibrant crimson red; some take the hue of pink champagne and others are a deep and intense violet-blue.
At the top of the scale is red, the rarest colour for a diamond. Only 35 red diamonds have ever been offered in the Diamond suppliers, an annual invitation- only event for the gemstones that ran between 1984 and 2021. If your maths is bit rusty, allow us to help you out: that means less than one red tender diamond per year.