Rio Tinto unveils Beyond Rare collection of diamonds

Perth: Rio Tinto has introduced its much-anticipated Beyond Rare™ collection, featuring a stunning array of pink, red, and yellow diamonds. The collection unveiled in an invitation-only event known as The Art Series, boasts 48 exceptional polished diamonds, including heritage inventory from the renowned Argyle diamond mine and precious yellow diamonds from Rio Tinto’s Diavik diamond mine.

Sinead Kaufman, chief executive of Rio Tinto Minerals, expressed her enthusiasm for the event, stating, “The Beyond Rare™ Tender is a new chapter for Rio Tinto’s diamonds business and a testimony to the ongoing demand for highly collectible natural diamonds. Rio Tinto has a rich history of innovative diamond sales and marketing events and this carefully curated collection of rare jewels will be in strong demand by the world’s finest jewellers, collectors and diamond connoisseurs.”

Aptly titled The Art Series, this exclusive gathering takes inspiration from the world of fine art. Each polished diamond on display is an extraordinary work of natural art, complete with a distinguished history and a captivating story of rarity.

The Art Series features a total of 87 diamonds, weighing an impressive 29.96 carats. The highlights of the collection include:

– Seven Masterpieces, which comprise sets of Argyle Pink Diamonds™ and yellow Diavik diamonds, were chosen for their unique beauty and presented alongside bespoke artwork

– An exclusive offering of 11 perfectly matched pairs of coloured diamonds

– 30 exquisite single diamonds, including a remarkable Fancy Red Argyle diamond.

Enthusiasts and collectors eager to get their hands on these rare gems will have the opportunity to do so through this exclusive event. The collection will be showcased in Australia, Switzerland, and Belgium, with bids being accepted until November 20, 2023.

Patrick Coppens, general manager of sales and marketing for Rio Tinto, says, “The market fundamentals that drive value appreciation for Argyle pink and red diamonds have never been stronger—a combination of severely constrained supply, with the closure of Argyle, and unwavering global demand for truly scarce gems.

“The inclusion in the inaugural Beyond Rare™ Tender of two fancy intense yellow diamonds from Rio Tinto’s Diavik diamond mine, located beneath a frozen lake in the Barren Lands of Northern Canada, is a beautiful counterpoint to the pink and red Argyle diamonds from the remote East Kimberley region of Western Australia. Yellow diamonds make up less than one percent of Diavik’s production, a rarity in a diamond mine otherwise known for its highly coveted white diamond production,” he adds.