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In the warm and sub-tropical reaches of Australia’s north west, Argyle Diamonds, the world’s largest diamond producer, excavates millions of tons of rock in search of exquisite natural colored diamonds – from beautiful brown diamonds, subtle champagnes and warm cognacs.
The Argyle Diamond Mine is located in the heart of the Kimberley region, a land steeped in Aboriginal mythology and rugged mountain ranges, deep gorges and dry savannah. More than a mile long, a half mile wide, and the same distance in depth, the open pit Argyle mine redefines the word “big”. The mine began operation in 1983 and has yielded more than 670 carats of diamonds, including the remarkable brown diamonds.
The Australian Aborigines, who are the traditional owners of the land on which the mine is located, have a story that explains the occurrence of diamonds deep within the region. According to this story, the mine was formed when a barramundi fish escaped through a net made of spinifex, the dry, rough grass that grows in the region. In attempting escape, the fish lost parts of its body which became the different colored diamonds found in the mine.
Geologists have another explanation for the origin of these natural colored diamonds. In their story, tremendous pressure exerted on a diamond deep within the ear causes abnormal compression and distortion in its lattice structure, creating stones which are red, pink, purple or brown. The formation of natural color diamonds requires the presence of incredible heat, pressure and rare trace elements such as nitrogen, boron or hydrogen, which interacts with the diamond’s carbon atoms, creating a change in colour.
Regardless of story, one thing is for certain: Argyle diamonds are beautiful and rare. Only one in 10,000 extracted from the mine is a natural colored diamond, ensuring that each champagne diamond from the Argyle Diamond mine is one-of-a kind.
Further information about Argyle Diamonds and the Argyle Diamond Mine can be found at www.argylediamonds.com.au.