The Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender , an invitation-only event staged by Rio Tinto for the past 38 years, has been considered by many to be the most anticipated diamond sale in the world. It has historically showcased the pinnacle of the Argyle Diamond mine’s production to an elite list of collectors, diamond connoisseurs and luxury jewelry brands.
The final collection has now been announced.
Comprising 70 diamonds weighing 81.63 carats, the 2021 Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender has a record number of diamonds larger than one carat. The collection is headlined with Lot Number 1, Argyle Eclipse™, a 3.47 carat diamond that is the largest Fancy Intense Pink diamond ever offered at the Tender.
Read about the retirement of the Argyle Diamond mine, which yielded 90% of the world’s pink diamonds since 1983 in our post: The Argyle mine closes. Goodbye, dear friend.
The Farewell Tour
The 2021 Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender will be showcased in Perth, Antwerp, Singapore and Sydney, subject to COVID-19 protocols. Bids close on September 1, 2021.
The Journey Beyond
The tender is titled The Journey Beyond, which takes its reference from the 1.5 billion year journey of Argyle diamonds from creation to discovery and their remarkable impact on jewelry history. The tender collection comprises five ‘hero’ diamonds selected for their unique beauty and named to ensure there is a permanent record of their contribution to the history of the world’s most important diamonds:
- Lot 1: Argyle Eclipse™, 3.47 carat, radiant shaped Fancy Intense Pink diamond
- Lot 2 : Argyle Stella™ 1.79 carat, square radiant shaped Fancy Vivid Purplish Pink diamond
- Lot 3: Argyle Lumiere™ 2.03 carat, square radiant shaped Fancy Deep Pink diamond
- Lot 4: Argyle Solaris™ 2.05 carat, radiant shaped Fancy Intense Pink diamond
- Lot 5: Argyle Bohème™ 1.01 carat, radiant shaped Fancy Red diamond
Blues at the Rock Concert
Offered in concert with our pink and red rock starts will be the last of the Argyle blues to emerge from the mine. Titled Once in a Blue Moon, this offering will be 41 lots of curated Argyle blue and violet diamonds, weighing 24.88 carats in total.
Without further adieu – let’s meet the stars of the show.
Lot #1 – Argyle Eclipse™
3.47 carat Fancy Intense Pink SI2 Radiant Cut
The largest fancy intense pink diamond offered in tender history.
Lot #2 – Argyle Stella™
1.79 carat Fancy Vivid Purplish Pink SI2 Square Radiant Cut
The largest vivid purplish pink diamond offered at this final tender.
Lot #3 – Argyle Lumiere™
2.03 carat Fancy Deep Pink SI2 Square Radiant Cut
The second square radiant cut diamond above two carats ever presented at tender.
Lot #4 – Argyle Solaris™
2.05 carat Fancy Intense Pink SI2 Radiant Cut
The seventh largest fancy intense pink radiant cut diamond offered at tender.
Lot #5 – Argyle Boheme™
1.01 carat Fancy Red I2 Radiant Cut
One of only two coveted fancy red diamonds offered in this final tender.
One journey ends. Another begins.
The Argyle pink diamond story has continued to enthrall, throughout the years, following the remarkable discovery of the Argyle mine in 1979. The final Tender collection of these beyond rare diamonds will be keenly sought after as heritage gemstones of the future, coveted by collectors and connoisseurs from around the world.” – Patrick Coppens, Rio Tinto
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