26 September 2012
Landmark Argyle Pink Diamond and Imperial Jade necklace debuts in Hong Kong
Rio Tinto's rare pink diamonds have been combined for the first time with Imperial Jade in a landmark piece of jewellery.
Known as The Argyle Empress, the statement necklace designed by luxury jeweller Chow Tai Fook, combines more than 43 carats of rare Argyle pink diamonds with 35 rare Imperial Jade beads. The Argyle pink diamonds include five of its signature Pink Tender diamonds, collected over the past five years.
Manager of Argyle Pink Diamonds Josephine Johnson said "The Argyle Empress is a celebration of two of the earth's rarest treasures and is a perfect union between East and West. This heirloom piece of jewellery is the first of its kind for the growing Chinese market and will take its place in history as a coveted masterpiece."
Valued at US$5,500,000, The Argyle Empress has been designed around two beautiful pink diamond encrusted flower motifs depicting the Hong Kong Camellia, the perfect counterpoint to the verdant colours of the leaves depicted in the surrounding jade.
The Argyle Empress is being showcased at various events in Hong Kong, before travelling to London as part of an Argyle pink diamond jewellery exhibition at Kensington Palace, London.
About Argyle Pink Diamonds
Pink diamonds, produced at Rio Tinto's Argyle Mine in Western Australia, are highly coveted as the world's most sought after gems. The Argyle Diamond Mine produces more than 90 per cent of the world's pink diamonds, which are sold in a broad range of colours and sizes to an international customer base.
Pink diamonds' value is directly related to their rarity. The market for pink diamonds is quite separate to white diamonds, and due to their rarity, pink diamonds typically command prices far in excess of white diamonds.
The best diamonds are reserved for the annual Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender. Rio Tinto's Argyle Pink Diamonds business is located in Perth, Western Australia, alongside its cutting and polishing factory. Website: www.argylepinkdiamonds.com.au
About Rio Tinto Diamonds in China
Rio Tinto Diamonds has a long history of being "first movers" in establishing new markets and new categories of diamonds. Rio Tinto Diamonds objective is to channel a larger share of its diamond production to China by being present on the ground and investing in market development initiatives in partnership with customers and key players at all stages of the diamond jewellery value-chain.
Rio Tinto Diamonds has forged a strategic partnership with China's premier diamond jewellery retailer, Chow Tai Fook focused on developing the diamond fashion jewellery market in Greater China.
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Rio Tinto Diamonds
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