The Argyle Diamond Mine is one of the world’s largest supplier of diamonds and the world’s largest supplier of natural coloured diamonds.
The Argyle diamond mine in the remote East Kimberley region is owned and operated by the giant international miner Rio Tinto.
Operating since 1983, Argyle has produced more than 800 million carats of rough diamonds.
The Argyle mine is the world’s primary source of rare pink diamonds – the company’s signature stone – however the mine produces diamonds in a range of colours, including white, champagne and pink gems. The majority of Argyle’s diamonds are sold as ‘rough’ or uncut diamonds.
The mine will close in 2020. There are still many diamonds left to be mined but it is considered uneconomic to extract them.
More information on the Rio Tinto website.
© Kim Epton 2016-2018
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