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The 2020 Argyle Tender has been named 'One Lifetime, One Encounter' and comprises 62 loose diamonds and 12 'Petite Suite' sets.
The 2020 Argyle Tender has been named 'One Lifetime, One Encounter' and comprises 62 loose diamonds and 12 'Petite Suite' sets.

2020 Argyle Tender diamonds revealed

Rio Tinto has unveiled the 2020 Argyle Tender of pink, red, and blue diamonds, which has this year been named ‘One Lifetime, One Encounter’.

Described as “one of the final collections” of Argyle Mine stones ahead of its closure at the end of 2020, this year’s Tender comprises 62 loose diamonds, weighing a total of 57.23 carats.

Arnaud Soirat, Rio Tinto
Arnaud Soirat, Rio Tinto
“We have seen, and continue to see, strong demand for these highly coveted diamonds, which together with extremely limited global supply, supports the significant value appreciation for Argyle pink diamonds.”
Arnaud Soirat, Rio Tinto

In addition, 12 sets of small pink, red, blue and violet diamonds, collected over the past five years, will also be offered. Referred to as ‘Petite Suites’, the diamonds weigh 13.90 carats in total.

Of the loose stones, this year’s Tender features six named ‘hero’ diamonds including the Argyle Eternity – the largest fancy vivid round brilliant diamond ever offered at the Tender. Weighing 2.24 carats, the Argyle Eternity is vivid purplish pink.

Arnaud Soirat, chief executive Rio Tinto Copper & Diamonds, said, “Rio Tinto’s Argyle Mine is the first and only ongoing source of rare pink, red and violet diamonds in the world. We have seen, and continue to see, strong demand for these highly coveted diamonds, which together with extremely limited global supply, supports the significant value appreciation for Argyle pink diamonds.”

Commenting on the One Lifetime, One Encounter collection, Steve Der Bedrossian, CEO SAMS Group – which specialises in Argyle diamonds – said, "The Argyle Tender is always remarkable and the mine keeps giving us extraordinary diamonds. This year's Tender is notable as the 'hero' stones include the largest vivid round brilliant cut, the largest vivid pear shape, the largest purple-pink, and also a trio of very rare blue and violet diamonds.

"And of course, this year feels even more significant as there is the sense that this will all be history very soon – in the near future, we will be talking about 'the Argyle days'," he added.

Harsh Maheshwari, director Kunming Diamonds
Harsh Maheshwari, director Kunming Diamonds
"It has been quite an emotional journey for us, from [...] acquiring the Everlastings Collection and being appointed an Argyle Pink Diamonds Authorised Partner [this year]. Knowing that we won't be able to have the opportunity of seeing such a global phenomenon in the near future as the mine shuts is beyond belief."
Harsh Maheshwari, Kunming Diamonds

Harsh Maheshwari, director Kunming Diamonds, shared similar sentiments, telling Jeweller, "It has been quite an emotional journey for us, from our first Tender less than a decade ago, to acquiring the Everlastings Collection and being appointed an Argyle Pink Diamonds Authorised Partner [this year]. Knowing that we won't be able to have the opportunity of seeing such a global phenomenon in the near future as the mine shuts is beyond belief.

"We, like many others, carry a sentimental value with Rio Tinto's Argyle Mine and the rare stones."

He added, "We are extremely excited about 2020's Tender and the unique collection, Petite Suites. They always amaze us with marvellous stones, especially the 'hero' stones. It is very rare to find Argyle Pinks in such sizes, and they each have a unique attribute to them, especially the Argyle Eternity."

Of the Petite Suite sets, Der Bedrossian said that in previous years, melee tenders often took place separately in March. However, including the most striking smaller diamonds as sets in the main Tender increased their appeal for jewellers, as they could create a "special and unique masterpiece" using all the stones from a set.

Patrick Coppens, general manager diamond sales and marketing Rio Tinto, said, “The Argyle pink diamond story has continued to enthral throughout the years following the remarkable discovery of the Argyle mine in 1979. The 2020 Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender is a collection of rare earthly treasures, intricate works of art and with a potency of colour that will be keenly sought after by collectors and connoisseurs from around the world.”

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, selected buyers have been invited to ‘virtually preview’ the Tender stones. Physical viewings will take place later in the year at the Argyle Mine in the Kimberley region, and in Perth, Singapore and Antwerp. Bids close on 2 December 2020.

 

2020 Argyle Tender ‘Hero’ Stones

Argyle Eternity
2.24 carat fancy vivid purplish pink round

Argyle Ethereal
2.45 carat fancy intense purple-pink square radiant

Argyle Sakura
1.84 carat fancy vivid purplish pink pear

Argyle Emrys
0.43 carat fancy deep grayish violet blue princess

Argyle Infinité
0.70 carat fancy violet-gray oval

Argyle Skylar
0.33 carat fancy dark gray-violet heart

NOTE: Stone sizes above are not to scale
 

2020 Argyle Tender Petite Suites

Le Rouge suite
Six purplish red diamonds

Omega suite
Five round brilliant diamonds of highest intensity on the colour spectrum

Petite Oiseau suite
13 blue and red diamonds

Gisele suite
Trio of fancy violet diamonds

NOTE: Stone sizes above are not to scale











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