They’re still incredibly rare diamonds nowadays, to the point where there are only fifty or sixty new pink diamonds that are released on to the market each year. And they are only the size of a pea. If that’s a disappointing figure for you, then you might also want to consider the fact that they’re able to grab almost $1,000,000 for a single carat. That’s the unfortunate reality of the beautiful Argyle pink diamonds. You’ve got to either be a royal or ridiculously rich to afford and own anything above or around a carat.
However, there is the option of lesser quality, smaller pinks that have a lighter tone. These are greater in number and are still a significant cut above the typical white, and offer a certain level of uniqueness so they can still really stand out in the crowd.
An interesting fact about these coloured diamonds is that they have always been referred to as “she”, most likely because of their colour.
A vivid coloured, top quality pink stone can be worth up to forty times more than the white of the equivalent nature. One of the main contributing factors to how unique and stunning argyle pink diamonds are is that they’ve not been coloured as a result of a chemical presence during their formation, instead there has been as a stress on the structure of the stone. That has resulted in different light refraction, giving the diamonds their pink tone.
There is just one mine in Australia, called the Argylemine that acts as the supplier of 90% of the diamonds to the world. There have been random finds of the beautiful diamond in Russia, India and Brazil, However, there has never been a find that’s remotely as large as the Argyle mine, plus they aren’t of the same colour saturation.
Up until Australia’s Argyle mine began to yield pinks in the 80’s, there weren’t any reliable or “large” supplies of the diamonds to the globe.
They were so rare that they were purely in the hands of very rich collectors of diamonds and were far more commonly seen in exhibition environments, rather than on the finger of a girl.