Pink Diamonds tender achieved strong results with the top lot sold for over $2 million, the company reported.
to the company's estimations, the Argyle Phoenix, a 1.56-carat, fancy
red diamond, achieved the highest per carat price for a diamond ever
produced from the Argyle mine, while the Argyle Dauphine, a 2.51-carat,
fancy deep pink diamond, broke the record for the highest price paid for
an Argyle diamond in value as well as setting a world record for a
fancy deep pink diamond. The company did not disclose the final sale
The tender offered 64 diamonds from the Argyle mine in
Australia, including three fancy red diamonds, and one pink, red and
blue diamond ranging in size from 0.20 carats to 3.02 carats. The tender
was 100 percent sold by lot.
The company noted that both
established and emerging markets were represented in the winning bids,
with a record number of bids achieving over $1 million. The top lot drew
bids of over $2 million.
“We are delighted with the results for
the 2013 tender collection, which are a reflection of their rarity,
provenance and global reach," said Jean-Marc Lieberherr, Rio Tinto's
The Argyle underground mine produces more than 90 percent of the world’s rare pink diamonds.