The Argyle Diamond Mine was 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 was operated by the giant international miner Rio Tinto.
Operating since 1983, Argyle produced more than 800 million carats of rough diamonds.
The Argyle mine was the world’s primary source of rare pink diamonds – the company’s signature stone – however, the mine produced diamonds in a range of colours, including white, champagne and pink gems. The majority of Argyle’s diamonds were sold as ‘rough’ or uncut diamonds.
The mine closed 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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