Coloured diamonds are coveted across the globe for their rarity, beauty and unique character. As a long-time curator of the world’s most precious gems, Linneys are proud to offer an exquisite selection of the finest coloured diamonds.
Linneys are proud to be a trusted Argyle Pink Diamond Select Atelier since the earliest days of the Argyle mine. The Linneys team’s long relationship with Argyle Pink Diamonds grants it significant experience in creating unique jewellery featuring these special gems. Active in the annual Argyle Pink Diamond Tender, Linneys has successfully promoted these collectable diamonds to international and local clients alike.
Natural Coloured Diamonds
Natural coloured diamonds are a sub-category within the range of naturally occurring diamonds, which are mined all over the world. They are often referred to as Fancy Coloured Diamonds, with some colours rarer than others and the value of the different coloured diamond mostly determined by the scarcity of that particular colour in nature. Red and pink are the most sought after followed by blue, green, orange, yellow and champagne.
Many of the most famous diamonds in the world are coloured diamonds, understandably so because throughout history the rarest and most exquisite diamonds were bound up in the fortunes of royalty and the rich and famous. For white diamonds the colour grading scale goes from D to Z and for natural coloured diamonds the gemmological classification ranges from Fancy Vivid and Deep through to Fancy Intense and Fancy onto Fancy Light.
Within the world of natural coloured diamonds, those which exhibit Vivid or Deep colour are much rarer than the others and consequently their values are substantially higher.
Fancy yellow coloured diamonds are probably the most popular because of their relative affordability as well as their bright colour and the fact that they are available in a full range of sizes.
The Argyle mine also produces a significant portion of the world’s supply of champagne and cognac diamonds. The company certainly developed the market for these stones from the 1990’s onwards.
These diamonds are popular because of the wide colour palette they embrace, from pale straw to deep brown and are the most affordable of the natural coloured diamonds range. They are very appealing to jewellery designers who have enjoyed working with the vast array of colour tones.
Amongst the rarest and most famous fancy coloured diamonds are the family of pink diamonds including red, purplish red and purplish pink diamonds. Pink diamonds, unlike the other natural fancy colours, are found in very few diamond mines and more than 90% of the world’s supply of pink diamonds come from the Argyle diamond mine in Western Australia.
Argyle Pink Diamonds
Argyle pink diamonds, recovered at Rio Tinto's Argyle Diamond Mine in the North of Western Australia, are highly coveted as the world's most sought-after diamonds. The Argyle Diamond Mine is the principle source of the world's pink diamond supply. Never before has there been a diamond mine that consistently produces rare pink diamonds like the Argyle Diamond Mine. The pinks are extremely scarce representing much less than 0.1% of the total diamond production of the Argyle Mine.
Since 1984, Argyle Diamonds has mined the world’s largest and beautiful natural coloured gems, none rarer than the Argyle pink diamond.
Prior to the discovery of the Argyle deposit in 1979 supply was sporadic with only the occasional pink stone being recovered elsewhere in the world. Pink diamonds, from a consistent source and with a depth and range of colour, have commanded the world's attention since they were discovered and presented to the world market from 1985 onwards.
Unearthing these treasures, formed at a depth of over 160 kilometres below the earth’s surface, is a challenge both in scale and complexity. Initially a large open cut mine, now operating as an underground mine which comprises of an intricate network of 40 kilometres of tunnels and two underground crushers, facilitating the access of diamonds from the furthest reaches of the earth. It takes over a year for a rough Argyle pink diamond to journey from the mine to its final destination as a polished gem ready for the diamond and fine jewellery market.
The Argyle Diamond Mine Closure
The Argyle Diamond Mine has operated since 1984 and like all natural resources has a finite life. The mine is expected to reach the end of its mine life in 2020. The imminent closure of the mine has certainly been reflected in the continued appreciation in value of these rare diamonds.
Argyle Diamond Mark of Authenticity
Argyle Pink Diamonds uphold the precious provenance of its diamonds through meticulous tracking and audited controls in the mining, polishing and distribution of its gems. This dedicated chain of custody provides the assurance that every Argyle pink diamond is as sustainable and ethically sound as it is rare and beautiful.
As early as 2005, Argyle Pink Diamonds has laser inscribed each of its diamonds above 0.15 carats with a unique identification number. The unique inscription is applied to the girdle of the diamond using the latest laser technology and is visible only under magnification. More than a mark of authenticity, the inscription represents the careful chain of custody that has accompanied each diamond and provides assurance of its responsible sourcing.
Argyle Pink Diamond Tender
Since 1984, Argyle has gathered the most rare and collectable pink, red and violet diamonds mined from the Argyle Mine and presented them at an invitation-only tender for diamond and jewellery companies. Linneys has been invited to this annual Tender to view the best 50-60 diamonds produced in the past year. After carefully assessing the collection Linneys presents bids along with the worlds finest diamantaires and jewellers. Over the years Linneys has enjoyed success and delivered great delight to its clients.
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