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RIO TINTO REVEALS “ONE OF THE LARGEST GEMS” MINED AT ARGYLE

Rio Tinto has revealed a 28.84 carat gem quality white diamond
Rio Tinto large diamond
Credit: Rio Tinto

Rio Tinto has revealed a 28.84 carat gem quality white diamond recovered from its Argyle diamond mine – “one of the largest gem quality white diamonds” recovered from the mine’s 35-year history, according to Rio Tinto.

 

rare large white diamond
Credit: Rio Tinto

 

The diamond was recovered from the east Kimberley mine in March 2019 and was named Argyle Octavia™ “in recognition of its beautiful octahedral shape”. It will be sold by tender in Antwerp later this year.

 

Argyle Octavia
Credit: Rio Tinto

 

Arnaud Soirat, chief executive of Rio Tinto’s Copper and Diamonds portfolio, said “We are delighted with this discovery which is a testament to the extraordinary Argyle orebody […]”. Andrew Wilson, General manager of Argyle Diamonds. said that the Argyle Octavia™ “is unique in its size, shape and beautiful provenance and will take its place in Argyle’s history as one of a few special large white diamonds ever to be produced from the mine”.



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