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Argyle Pink Jubilee

Argyle Pink Jubilee

The Argyle Pink Jubilee is a rough pink diamond and the largest rough pink diamond unearthed in Australia. It was found at the Rio Tinto Argyle diamond mine in Western Australia.[2][3]

Argyle Pink Jubilee
Weight8.01 carats (1.602 g)
Colorlight pink
Country of originAustralia
Mine of originArgyle diamond mine
DiscoveredAugust 2011[1]
Cut byRichard How Kim Kam
Original ownerRio Tinto Group
OwnerMuseum Victoria

Large stones like the Jubilee typically go to museums or end up at high-profile auction houses like Christie's. Christie's has only auctioned 18 polished pink diamonds larger than 10 carats in its 244-year history.[4] The Jubilee was expected to tour internationally before sold at an invitation-only tender.[4]

Originally weighing 12.76 carats (2.552 g), the light pink diamond started its cut in Perth in February 2012[3] by Richard How Kim Kam.[5] While being cut, the diamond was found to have "one major internal fault line that could not be overcome."[6] Only roughly formed and polished, and down to 8.01 carats (1.602 g), the diamond was donated to the Melbourne Museum.[7]

See also


  1. "Australia's largest pink diamond". Museum Victoria. 12 July 2012. Retrieved 27 February 2013.
  2. "Pink diamond set to fetch $10m for Rio Tinto". Australian Associated Press. 22 February 2012. Retrieved 27 February 2013.
  3. "Australia's largest rough pink diamond unearthed". BBC News. 21 February 2012. Retrieved 27 February 2013.
  4. "Rio finds 'unprecedented' 12.76 carat pink diamond in the Kimberley". Agence France-Presse. 22 February 2012.
  5. "Rio's biggest pink diamond gets the cut". AAP. 21 February 2012. Retrieved 27 February 2013.
  6. Kerr, Peter (19 May 2012). "Rare diamond fails inspection". The West Australian. Retrieved 27 February 2013.
  7. "Precious pink sparkler lights up museum". AAP. 13 July 2012. Retrieved 27 February 2013.
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