White Argyle Diamonds are now available at selected Showcase Jewellers, allowing you the ability to design your own masterpiece using Australian diamonds.
These precious and sought-after diamonds come from the Argyle Diamond Mine which is owned in full by Rio Tinto and located in the remote East Kimberley Region of Western Australia, the Argyle Diamond Mine has to date produced more than 800 million carats of diamonds. It is the world’s largest producer of natural coloured diamonds, including white, champagne, cognac, blue as well as the very rare pink diamond, which has become Argyle’s signature stone and is coveted by diamond experts and collectors globally.
You may wonder why it’s so special to have an Argyle Diamond in your possession, they are in fact hard to come by, only 5% of the diamonds from the Argyle Mine are gem quality, the remaining production is made up of near gem quality accounting for 40% and the remaining 55% is used for industrial purposes. Owning an Argyle diamond will truly become a rarity as the mine is set to close by 2020 due to the low production of gem quality diamonds.
The Argyle lease tenants the traditional lands of the Gija and Mirriuwung people. In 2005, an Indigenous Land Use Agreement and Participation Agreement was set up between the mine and the Traditional Owners of the mining lease area. It was an important step towards Argyle’s sustainability goals and put in place a formal relationship that will help deliver long- term economic benefits to Aboriginal communities in the East Kimberley region.