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A Look Back: The Argyle Pink Diamond Tender

Posted by Tony Cathaway on 10/7/16 8:03 AM

The Rio Tinto Argyle Pink Diamond Tender is one of the most exclusive events in the diamond world. The annual tender began more than 30 years ago and has auctioned off hundreds of diamonds throughout the years. Each year, the tender invites a select number of lucky attendees who have the means and the interest to invest in these precious gems. Many of the attendees are diamond dealers, while a select few are high-net worth investors. The Tender has previews throughout the world, generally for about a month before bidding closes. Let’s take a look back at some of the most famous diamonds that have been offered over the years at the tender.  

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The 2016 Argyle Pink Diamond Tender

Posted by Tony Cathaway on 10/3/16 8:00 AM

Pink diamonds from the Rio Tinto Argyle Tender come from the Argyle Mine in Kimberley, Australia. This mine is the largest producer of pink diamonds in the world, producing nearly 90% of the world’s supply of pink diamonds. The mine has announced its impending closure in 2020 as supply is anticipated to run out by this time. It seems likely that when the mine closes, the annual tender will likely cease to exist, making the diamonds being sold at the next handful of tenders even more desirable.

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The 2016 Rio Tinto Argyle Tender Pink Diamond Preview

Posted by Tony Cathaway on 6/28/16 8:00 AM

The Argyle Mine of Kimberley, Australia has become the only significant source of ultra rare pink diamonds and other rare colored diamonds worldwide. The mine is owned and operated by Rio Tinto, a British-Australian metals and mining corporation that is determined to find and process the Earth’s most precious mineral resources.

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An Inside Look at the 2015 Argyle Diamond Tender

Posted by Tony Cathaway on 1/11/16 9:00 AM

Argyle Diamond Tender

One of the most anticipated events in the world of diamonds is the Argyle Pink Diamond Tender. The annual event is held by Rio Tinto to promote the diamonds of their Australian Argyle mine. The majority of the diamonds are pink, the most famous pink diamonds in the world, but they also showcase red, blue, and other colors from the previous year’s production. These stones routinely set records for dollars per carat, with one red stone from the previous year’s tender setting a stunning price in Hong Kong in November of 2014. The 2.09 carat SI2 Fancy Red went for $2,440,000 per carat, surging significantly past the previous record sale for a fancy red diamond.

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Pink Diamonds and The 2015 Argyle Tender

Posted by Tony Cathaway on 12/22/15 11:31 AM

The Argyle Pink Diamonds tender for 2015 has passed, and the offerings are starting to be posted online by some of the purchasers. The tender for 2015 was 65 stones, and came in at an average weight of 1.47 carats per stone or a total of 44.14.


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The Argyle Tender - The Top Event of the Diamond World!

Posted by Tony Cathaway on 12/9/15 9:00 AM

June 26 saw a preview of Rio Tinto’s annual event, the Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender for 2015 at the Sydney Opera House, introduced along with a short clip of choreography by the Australian Ballet’s artistic director David McAllister. 2015's tender was themed as the Connoisseur’s Collection, and showcased 65 diamonds at a total weight of 44.14 carats.

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2014 Argyle Pink Diamond Tender: A Look Back

Posted by Tony Cathaway on 11/19/15 9:00 AM
Of all the events in the diamond world, none has the cachet of Rio Tinto's  Argyle pink diamond tender . Now entering its 32nd year, this exclusive invitation only event is open to perhaps 150 diamond dealers, connoisseurs, collectors, and retailers. The invitation list is a closely guarded secret, and well it should be. Pink diamonds are among the rarest of stones, commanding sometimes in excess of $1 million per carat, with prices tripling between 2000 and 2014. 
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