Jul 15, 2014
Japan’s First Lady Gets First Look at Rio Tinto’s Pink Diamonds
First Lady of Japan Mrs Akie Abe has just visited Western Australia for the first time, where she was treated to a special preview of Rio Tinto’s 2014 Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender collection. The 50 diamonds featured in the tender are known as the rarest pink diamonds in the world and consist of a year’s production from Rio Tinto’s Argyle mine in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia.
The standout of the collection is a 1.59 carat Emerald cut Fancy Intense Purplish Pink named Argyle Toki™. The name symbolizes the delicate pink underwings of a rare Japanese bird, cementing the importance of Japan as the premier export market for rare pink diamonds.
Managing director Jean-Marc Lieberherr of Rio Tinto Diamonds said
“We were delighted to welcome Mrs Abe and show her at first hand these beautiful gems, the pinnacle of Australia’s mineral wealth and symbolic of our enduring relationship with Japan.”
The Japanese market has been critical to the development of Rio Tinto’s rare pink diamond business over the past 30 years. The pink diamond jewellery phenomenon in Japan began in the late 1980s, when Japanese designers boldly used Argyle’s pink diamonds in jewellery. Today Rio Tinto sells around 30 per cent of its Argyle pink diamonds into Japan.
To view the 2012 Guildhall Argyle Diamond Tender Win click here.