Jun 062017
 

They’re so rare that only a few are produced annually. In fact an entire year’s production will fit into the palm of your hand!

So it’s little wonder that through history pink diamonds have been some of the world’s most sought-after gems. From the Agra diamond worn by 16th and 17th century Mughal emperors, to modern-day legends like the Graff Pink, their extreme rarity and regal beauty have made them the most valuable diamonds on the market.

Why they exude pink hues has long been shrouded in mystery. Today, it is believed that tiny foreign particles may have been trapped alongside carbon atoms during the crystallisation process in which diamonds are formed. Somehow this combination affects their photochromic behaviour, causing these special diamonds to radiate a spectrum of pink colours from cherry blossom to dramatic red.

The enigmatic story of their creation undoubtedly adds further aura to the allure of these enthralling natural wonders. But no less remarkable is the account of their commercial discovery in Western Australia’s Kimberley wilderness. Uncovered by ants, pink diamonds were first spotted glinting at the entrance to a colony’s nest in mid-1980s. The initial find provided just a hint of the treasure waiting to be unearthed from what was to become the world-renowned Argyle Diamond Mine.

Responsible for more than 90 per cent of the world’s pink diamond supply in recent decades, production in the rugged Australian outback is currently tailing off as the deposit “pipe” gets narrower and deeper. As the already miniscule supply shrinks further, one thing is certain – the number of opportunities to acquire and treasure these precious stones is becoming beyond rare!

Australian Kangaroo 2017 2oz Gold Proof Pink Diamond Edition

Extracted from Rio Tinto’s Argyle Diamond Mine, a 0.037carat round brilliant pink diamond appears below the animal’s paw on the reverse of this exclusive Australian Kangaroo coin. Exquisitely struck from 2oz of 99.99% pure gold in proof quality, the remarkable release marries Australia’s most alluring precious metal, one of its best known coin designs, and a stunning example of its most desirable diamonds.

Just 300 coins have been meticulously struck and skilfully handset with a pink diamond to offer discerning buyers a timeless and sumptuous collectable.

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Jul 122016
 

The world’s first coin featuring a significant red diamond from Rio Tinto’s iconic Argyle Pink Diamond Mine was unveiled at The Perth Mint today.

Crafted from 1 kilo of 99.99% pure gold, the one-of-a-kind Kimberley Treasure coin features a bounding ‘red kangaroo’ and a radiant 0.54 carat red diamond. Selected for the Argyle Pink Diamond Tender, the most exclusive diamond sale in the world, the specially cut gemstone is hand set between the animal’s front paws.

Officiating at the launch of the unique offering, the Premier of Western Australia, the Honourable Colin Barnett MLA, said that its creation was a great example of two local companies sharing a passion for quality craftsmanship and the State’s rarest and most valuable resources.

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“The Perth Mint and Rio Tinto’s Argyle Diamond Mine have both been at the hub of Western Australian industry for decades, so I am delighted to unveil a collector’s item which captures two of the most beautiful natural treasures of our State,” said Premier Barnett.

Valued at $1 million, the Australian legal tender Kimberley Treasure is the most breathtaking collaboration between the two organisations yet. Previous releases include a number of diamond-studded ingots and coins portraying symbolic representations of the Kimberley landscape.

The magnificent new coin is on display in The Perth Mint’s retail shop on Hay Street until late August. Persons interested in purchasing The Kimberley Treasure can acquire further details by calling +61 8 9421 7376.

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May 032016
 

A stunning complement to last year’s Kimberley Sunset 2oz pink gold coin has been crafted at The Perth Mint.

The 2016 Kimberley Sunrise 2oz yellow gold companion coin mirrors the original high relief design depicting an iconic boab tree in north-western Australia’s unique wilderness.

While the earlier release featured an eye-catching Argyle pink diamond, the new coin has been individually hand set with a 0.03-carat fine white diamond, symbolising the arrival of dawn’s new light in this extraordinary region.

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The 2016 Kimberley Sunrise 2oz Gold Proof High Relief Coin with last year’s popular Kimberley Sunset coin.

Strict Limited Mintage

Under its worldwide mintage limit, just 500 of these lavish Kimberley Sunrise pure gold creations will be issued, each housed in luxury presentation packaging.

Following the rapid sell out of last year’s Kimberley Sunset coin, the Kimberley Sunrise release is expected to be highly sought-after by new admirers as well as owners of the first coin who would like to treasure them both as a sumptuous numismatic combination.

See how the fine white diamond is expertly hand set in this stunning Kimberley Sunrise gold proof coin:

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Sep 092014
 

Combine one of Earth’s rarest elements with its most valuable diamonds and the result is guaranteed to astonish and mesmerize.

That’s what two Western Australian icons famed for their skill in crafting the world’s most prized treasures have done in pursuit of the truly extraordinary.

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The Perth Mint has come together with Argyle Pink™ Diamonds to create an ingot from 10oz of 99.95% pure platinum.

Rarer even than gold, this lustrous element is famous for inspiring King Louis XV of France to declare it the only metal “fit for a king!”

The ingot has been adorned with the “gem of gems” – intense, vivid pink diamonds from Australia’s Kimberley.

Seven exquisite examples have been hand set within the ingot’s design, which portrays how these prized gems were first discovered glinting in an anthill.

Exclusive Sealed Bid Auction

Together, The Perth Mint and Argyle Pink™ Diamonds are now able to offer one of just six ingots for sale by Sealed Bid Auction. You are cordially invited to participate in the one-time only event!

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How do I Bid?

If you see yourself owning this beautifully crafted Argyle Pink™ Diamond 10oz Platinum Ingot, RRP $58,000, please contact us for an Expression of Interest Form prior to 7 September 2014. We will provide you with further details and how to proceed with your bid.

Alternatively, please visit our shop at The Perth Mint, 310 Hay Street, East Perth 6004 where you can see it on display.Argyle-10oz-Platinum-IngotMore information.

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Aug 282014
 

BEYOND RARE: The Perth Mint and Argyle Pink Diamonds unite to present an exclusive 10oz pure platinum ingot hand set with exquisite intense and vivid pink diamonds. For sheer exclusivity, just six of these exceptional 10oz Platinum Ingots will ever be released – coming soon!

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Apr 012014
 

For more than a billion years, Argyle pink diamonds were hidden kilometres beneath the Earth’s surface. First sighted glinting in an anthill in the mid-1980’s, the discovery was just a hint of the treasure waiting to be unearthed from what was to become the Argyle Diamond Mine in Western Australia’s Kimberley region.

Following on from the highly successful 2013 release, the second Limited Edition Argyle Pink Diamond Rose Gold Ingot bears a unique design paying homage to the extraordinary discovery of these precious gems.


Go behind the scenes during the production of this rare pink gold ingot featuring hand-set Argyle pink diamonds.

Minted from 1oz of 22-carat pink gold and hand-set with approximately 0.11 carats of Argyle pink diamonds, just 200 of these individually numbered ingots will be released. Each ingot comes in stylish display case and branded shipper, accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

For further information or to order immediately, click here.

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