$60M of Pink Argyle Diamonds at Kensington Palace
Kensington Palace hosted an exclusive exhibition featuring a beautiful and rare collection of Argyle pink diamonds titled “Out of the Vault: Pink Diamonds and Royalty” which unveils the tales of the diamonds and their experiences with the royal families, sultans, maharajahs and other colorful clientele. The exhibition was put forth by Rio Tinto, the diamond mining company that owns the famous Australian Argyle Mine which produces 90% of the world’s supply of pink diamonds.
Originally it was planned to take place over several days, but because the collection is estimated to be worth more than $60 million, insurers were reluctant to back the display for longer than a day. This invitation-only event drew in rich, famous buyers and admirers not only from Europe but also abroad. Among the displayed were a collection of exceptional raw stones from the Kimberley region, and 40 fine jewelry pieces sourced from luxury jewelers and designers across the globe.
The inspiration for the pink diamond jewelry exhibition came from Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee this year. At her coronation 50 years ago, she was presented with the Williamson Pink, a flawless fancy pink diamond of 23.6 carats that was passed on from her mother. Josephine Johnson, Manager of Argyle Pink Diamonds said in a release the company “considered it fitting, in this Jubilee year, to celebrate the special relationship that rare pink diamonds have played, and continue to play, in royal occasions.”
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