Pink diamonds: the greatest collection ever seen
Pink diamonds are one of the most concentrated forms of wealth.
One single carat stone, the size of petit pois can be worth $1
million, making them far rarer than white diamonds and the choice
of deep-pocketed connoisseurs. Unlike larger, flashier stones,
these fabulous freaks of nature could slip by unnoticed which only
adds to their mystery.
To mark the annual Argyle pink diamond tender held in London
each year Argyle Diamonds, chose to mark the Queen's Diamond
jubilee with a one-day exhibition of jewels featuring pink
diamonds. 42 jewels were gathered in the light-filled Orangery at
Kensington Palace and displayed to the press and clients. Such is
the value of these stones that collection was estimated to be worth
The jewellers displaying their pink diamond creations were all
clients of Argyle Diamonds who make sealed bids to purchase the top
50 to 60 stones that the mine yields each year. These diamonds are
the most valuable because of their intense colour rather than large
The most impressive diamonds are given names and this year the
"Argyle Siren" and "Argyle Sheen" were the stars of the show, and
like all pink diamonds refered to as 'she'.
Until the discovery of pink diamonds at Argyle in Western
Australia, pink diamonds were so rare that few people had ever seen
one. So few of them had been found that the only place you were
likely to see them was in a stone collector's glass cabinet and
they were not used by jewellers as there was no consistency of
supply and finding more than one was near impossible.
With only 10 years worth of life in the mine, pink diamonds are
set to become even more desirable, making this exhibition an
exceptional congregation of one of the world's most precious
resources. Jewellery historian Vivienne Becker says of these
stones: "The Argyle pink diamond has become today's ultimate
possession, in incomparable object of desire that has captured the
imagination of connoiseurs and collectors around the globe."