Thursday, November 22, 2012

Rio Tinto Showcases Bunder Diamond Jewelry

Rio Tinto showcased its inaugural diamond jewelry collection from the Bunder diamond project on the red carpet at Mumbai’s Liberty Cinema.

Australian-born Indian actress Pallavi Sharda wore the diamond jewelry earrings and necklace, known as Courageous Spirit, to the premiere of ''Fearless Nadia,'' in celebration of 100 years of Indian cinema, the company stated.

Rio Tinto said that the Courageous Spirit jewelry, which was designed by Reena Ahluwalia of Toronto, incorporates more than 25 carats of polished Bunder diamonds, including a 5.04- carat, round brilliant-cut white diamond and a 5.02-carat, round brilliant-cut cognac diamond.

“I am honored to wear Rio Tinto’s beautiful diamond jewels, dedicated to the pioneering spirit of the women of Madhya Pradesh, who are so much a part of the Bunder project’s development,” Sharda said. She was joined by Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan and Jay Weatherill, the premier of southern Australia.

Discovered in 2004, in India’s central state of Madhya Pradesh, Rio Tinto’s Bunder diamond mine is likely to come into commercial production in 2017. The company has budgeted to invest $500 million to fully develop the mine.


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