Argyle Pink Jubilee

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Argyle Pink Jubilee
Weight 8.01 carats (1.602 g)
Color light pink
Cut rough
Country of origin Australia
Mine of origin Argyle diamond mine
Discovered August 2011[1]
Cut by Richard How Kim Kam
Original owner Rio Tinto Group
Owner Museum Victoria

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]

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]

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

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