Well today I am at work, in our jewellery manufacturing business.
We have been in the industry for the past 22 years, here on the Gold Coast.
I am a Jewellery Valuer, Jewellery Designer, Gemmologist and Diamond Grader. With these qualifications, I am rewarded with sourcing all the diamonds and gemstones for our clients.
Today I am sourcing Pink Diamonds for one of our clients, so I thought this topic might be interesting for some of you.
The most prestigious pink diamonds come from the Argyle Diamond Mine, here in Australia. The Argyle mine, is running out of production and sadly, it is rumored that 2020, will see the end of Australia’s pink diamonds. Once the mine runs out of production, the only way you would be able to get your hands on a pink diamond, will be to buy one second hand and honestly they will be able to name their price, due to the supply and demand principle.
When looking for such an animal (the pink diamond) beggars can’t be choosers and if you get anything remotely close to what you want grab it!
Things to remember when looking for pink diamonds:
They don’t grow on trees and they are in very limited supply.
They are an investment and if they are cheap there is something wrong.
They come in Six main groups of pink colours found at the Argyle Mine: Purple Red, Red, Purple Pink (known as PP) Pink (known as P), Brown Pink (known as BP) and Pink Campaign/Rose (known as PC or PR depending who you talk to). Red is the most prized colour with only about 3% of all tendered diamonds awarded this colour. As a side note, Blue Diamonds are also found at the Argyle Mine.
Within the four main groups of colours, it is broken down into numbers which represent the shades from level 9 that is almost white to level 1 that is the most saturated (darkest) in that colour.
With fancy coloured diamonds the clarity is really not that important. It’s really all about that colour!
Argyle diamonds must be purchased with a Lot number and all Argyle diamonds will carry this as an inscription on its girdle (see below image)
To purchase a pink diamond directly from the Argyle Mine you have to apply to tender – So the highest price offered for the diamond wins!
There are only five, diamonds up for tender this year (2017) from Argyle.
If you would like to drool over some of the diamonds up for offer this year via tender go to www.argylepinkdiamonds.com.au (go to the tender section & scroll right under the 2017 tender heroes tab) 🙂