A group shot of the six “hero” diamonds in Argyle’s 2019 pink diamond tender
Sydney—Rio Tinto has debuted the diamonds in this year’s Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender, its annual sale of the best pink, red and violet stones to emerge from its mine in Western Australia.

The collection, titled “The Quest for the Absolute,” features 64 diamonds, weighing 56.28 total carats, and includes three fancy reds.  

The tender is slightly larger than last year’s offering, which had 63 diamonds totaling 51.48 carats.

The 2019 Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender comprises six “hero” diamonds—those of relatively large size and exceptional color, and the only tender diamonds to get a name.

They are as follows.
—Argyle Enigma, a 1.75-carat modified radiant fancy red diamond;
—Argyle Amari, a 1.48-carat heart-shaped fancy vivid purplish-pink diamond;
—Argyle Elysian, a 1.20-carat modified cushion-shaped fancy vivid pink diamond;
—Argyle Verity, a 1.37-carat oval-shaped fancy vivid purplish-pink diamond;
—Argyle Opus, a 2.01-carat round fancy intense pink diamond; and
—Argyle Avenoir, a 1.07-carat oval-shaped fancy red diamond. 

Each is shown below.

The diamond mining company premiered the collection in Sydney last week and will showcase it in Perth, Australia; Hong Kong; and New York over the coming months.

Bids close Oct. 9.

The tender comes a year before the Argyle mine is slated to close, news which continues to cause the price of red and pink diamonds to rise.

“With the lifecycle of this extraordinary mine approaching its end, we have seen, and continue to see, unstoppable demand for these truly limited-edition diamonds and strong value appreciation,” Rio Tinto Copper and Diamonds CEO Arnaud Soirat said in a press release.

After last year’s Argyle tender, the company reported that the 2018 sale had set numerous records, including tender total and prices per carat.


|Subscribe >
National Jeweler

Fine Jewelry Industry News

Since 1906, National Jeweler has been the must-read news source for smart jewelry professionals--jewelry retailers, designers, buyers, manufacturers, and suppliers. From market analysis to emerging jewelry trends, we cover the important industry topics vital to the everyday success of jewelry professionals worldwide. National Jeweler delivers the most urgent jewelry news necessary for running your day-to-day jewelry business here, and via our daily e-newsletter, website and other specialty publications, such as "The State of the Majors." National Jeweler is published by Jewelers of America, the leading nonprofit jewelry association in the United States.