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Pink Diamonds

Pink Diamonds
“Although the Argyle mine supplies approximately 90% of the world‘s pink diamonds, astonishingly, a whole year‘s worth of production of stones over half a carat would fit in the palm of your hand. This goes to show just how rare these beautiful stones really are.“

Josephine Archer – Argyle Mine

The Argyle Mine & Argyle Pink Diamond Tender
The Argyle Diamond mine is the world‘s primary source of rare pink diamonds which command prices on average 20 -50 X that of an equivalent white diamond. Rio Tinto operates a stand-alone pink diamond business to sell and market loose polished pink diamonds from the Argyle mine. Since 1984 the more exceptional polished pink diamonds from each year‘s production have been sold individually at special auctions known as ‚tenders‘. Viewings have traditionally been held in New York, Tokyo, Perth, Antwerp, Hong Kong, London and Geneva and more recently Mumbai, Shanghai and Beijing. Participation in these events is by
invitation only. The tendered pink diamonds have an average size of about 1 carat. Around 40 to 50 carats in total are sold at these auctions each year. Prices achieved range from US $100,000/ct to over US$2m/ct. To put the true rarity of these special ‘pink’ diamonds into perspective, of every million carats of rough diamonds produced at the mine, a mere one carat is suitable for sale in one of these tenders. Production levels at the Argyle Mine are expected to decline from 2015 leading to potential closure in 2020. Pink diamonds are becoming scarcer than ever.
1. Pure pinks with heavy saturation of colour have the highest long term value.
2. Only buy GIA/Argyle certificated stones.
3. 1-1.5 carat stones are the most sought after but costly.
4. Recommended investment size £100,000
5. Investment term 5 years +

The diamonds shown in the picture above can be purchased for the same price. The saturation of colour gives the smaller diamond a much higher value per carat. Unlike white diamonds, clarity is not such an important factor and there is no fixed price list that determines the price of a pink diamond.

Factors that influence pricing (in order of importance):

    • - Colour saturation and intensity
    • - Rarity of colour and size
    • - Presence of secondary colour and saturation eg: purplish pink/orangey pink
    • - Carat size
    • - Cut
    • - Clarity

    Some of the most sought after combinations of the above can command prices in excess of £500,000 a carat. Below is the colour grading used by the GIA and Argyle. Whilst prices for almost all pink diamonds continue to rise we recommend buying Fancy Intense or better and Argyle Grade 1-5. These are the most sought after investment pieces and command huge premiums.
“The saturation of colour gives the smaller diamond a much higher value per carat...“
asia/china & Pink DiamonD
Customers from emerging markets are buying more pink diamonds from rio tinto group, the world’s third-largest producer of rough diamonds, as the coloured gems begin to be appreciated for their rarity. “Five years ago, we may have had one or two diamonds go to China and India, but now we’ll have more than 20 percent of the diamonds going to the developing markets.”

said Josephine Johnson, business manager at rio tinto’s argyle Pink Diamonds.

“China is particularly interesting because of the rapid growth in the appreciation and understanding of pink diamonds.”

tiffany & co. boasts more stores in asia than the U.s. (102 to 91).

80% of diamond sales at a recent christie‘s auction went to asian buyers. largely due to asian interest pink diamond prices have risen on average 16-18% pa. major auctioneers now choose Hong Kong to showcase their diamonds.
Wealth Preservation anD asset DiversiFication
From global economic instability to the very real threat of serious currency devaluation and inflation there has never been a more important time in history to invest in rare pink diamonds. their historical track record of never decreasing in value, even through boom and bust economic cycles make rare pink diamonds the ultimate hedge against inflation and the epitome of what a true hard asset represents. combined with the quickly diminishing supply and rapidly increasing world demand is setting the stage for dramatic price increases in the very near future. no other investment can concentrate wealth better. one has the ability to make a £1m investment with complete privacy and no bureaucratic oversight. there is not a more discrete, condensed and portable way to secure your financial future than by investing in rare pink diamonds.

a 0.59 carat Fancy intense Pink Diamond (gia), available now. Price on application.

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