The Story Behind Pink Diamonds from the Argyle Mine
A mere fluke of nature and the ultimate luxury, a pink diamond is truly something else. Discovered in a dusty creek bed in Western Australia back in 1979, today they are the world's most sought-after diamonds.
A pink diamond is like no other - which is why we carefully handcraft each piece at Rosendorff to ensure you and your pink diamond stand out. Our unique eminence collection is made to feel luxurious and to be the perfect embodiment of the beautiful relationship people share. Marilyn Monroe famously said, diamonds are a girl’s best friend, and their popularity has never wavered since the 1900s, becoming the ultimate symbol of love.
But what makes them so special? The Argyle mine is the only reliable source in the world, producing 90 to 95% of all pink and red diamonds. This extraordinary find put Australia 'on the map' so to speak, we are now known for our pink diamonds, and a huge part of the appeal to Argyle diamonds is in their story.
However, on November 3rd 2020 the Argyle mine officially closed and no longer produces any diamonds. You can read more about the mines' closure here > https://www.riotinto.com/sustainability/closure
Things are about to get heated
The story of all diamonds begins deep within the Earth, and at least a billion years ago – that’s about twice as old as life on dry land. Diamonds form from carbon that has been subjected to extremely high temperatures – around 1,100 degrees Celsius – and pressures over long periods of time. These conditions exist only at depths of 120-250km beneath the surface of the Earth, in a part of the planet known as the mantle.
All diamonds start 'white' but with certain conditions like stress and pressure, the colour can change. What makes pink diamonds extraordinary is the very small window when heat and pressure turns them into the beautiful and rare pinks Argyle is famous for, and right when that is happening, a volcanic eruption brought them to the surface.
This is not only an extraordinary geological phenomenon, but a unique story that breaks moulds and challenges stereotypes - it changed the diamond industry forever.
Located in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia, Argyle is mining Barramundi Gap, a cultural landscape associated with the Ngarranggarni Dreaming – a creation story about how the area’s geography was formed. Barramundi Gap is one of the most culturally significant sites belonging to the Miriuwung and Gidja people.
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Here at Rosendorff we have over 50 years of experience in the field and will be happy to help you through the process. If you’re looking for a diamond engagement ring in or the perfect gift, we can help.
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