If diamonds truly are a girl’s best friend – like decades of marketing campaigns would have you to believe – then the Argyle Violet, uncovered recently in Australia’s remote Argyle mine, could provide several lifetimes worth of friendship, because this is one of the rarest gems ever found.
Located in the arid East Kimberley region of Western Australia, the Argyle diamond mine provides 90 percent of the world’s pink and red diamonds. These colourful gems cost, on average, 50 times more than normal white diamonds, and can sell for about US$1 million per carat, according to the AFP.
The newly found Argyle Violet, which is owned by Australian mining giant, Rio Tinto, weighed in at 9.17 carats when it was pulled from the ground, and has now been crafted down to 2.83 carats.
“Impossibly rare and limited by nature, the Argyle Violet will be highly sought after for its beauty, size and provenance,” Rio Tinto Diamonds general manager of sales, Patrick Coppens, told the press. “This stunning violet diamond will capture the imagination of the world’s leading collectors and connoisseurs.”
So far, only 12 carats of polished stones of this nature have been produced in 32 years, which shows just how rare these violet diamonds are. Source: This new, ridiculously rare violet diamond has just been unearthed in Australia