For more than a billion years, Argyle Pink Diamonds were hidden kilometres beneath the Earth’s surface. First sighted glinting in an anthill in Western Australia in the mid 1980s, the discovery was just a hint of the treasure waiting to be unearthed from what was to become the Argyle Diamond Mine -- creators of the renowned Pink Diamond Ingot and Pink Diamond Plume Pendant.
Following the success of 2014's Ingot and Plume creations, the Argyle Diamond Mine have just released the first ever legal tender coin to feature an Australian Argyle Pink Diamond. With only 500 worldwide, these Limited Edition "Kimberley Sunset" coins pay homage to the birthplace of Argyle Pink Diamonds. The reverse of the coin depicts rays of sunlight as they stretch across the East Kimberley region at sunset, casting last light over the unique landscape of iconic boab trees. The coin's face depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the monetary denomination of 500 dollars.
Cast in 22ct Rose Gold at the Perth Mint, each coin features a hand-set Argyle Pink Diamond -- a shining light depicting the sun, all set in high relief. Issued as Australian legal tender, a status granted by the nation's Federal Treasury, the coins are available from March 2015, retail for A$8880 (GST inclusive) and are only available from Australian Argyle Select Ateliers. Calleija Jewellers are proud to be one of only 30 Argyle Select Ateliers worldwide. Please contact Calleija to secure one of these very rare creations:
- Calleija Sydney sydney(at)calleija.com.au 0292336661
- Calleija Gold Coast mirage(at)calleija.com.au 0755283666
- 22 carat Rose Gold
- Only 500 worldwide, specially minted by The Perth Mint
- Hand set with one Argyle pink diamond, approx total weight 0.04ct
- Each coin is individually numbered 001-500
- Diameter: 36.60mm Weight: 67.88gm (2oz being Fine Gold)
While every effort has been made to achieve consistency, slight variations in the Rose Gold colour and Pink Diamond content should be expected due to the handcrafted nature of each coin.
- Accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity
- Beautifully presented in an Argyle Pink Diamond and Perth Mint branded box with exterior matching shipper
RRP A$8880 (GST inclusive)
Since its inception in 1979, the Australian Argyle Diamond Mine, owned by Rio Tinto, has continued its pursuit of light and colour, in the form of the Pink Diamond. Facetted then crafted into magnificent creations, the Pink Diamond holds a mystery of beauty, and a promise of happiness. These exquisite jewels are entrusted to only thirty of the world's finest jewellers known as Argyle Pink Diamond Select Ateliers. But what is it about these jewellers that sets them apart as experts in their field, chosen by Argyle as the only authorised craftsmen under license to grade, value and showcase Pink Diamonds?
These special jewellers are renowned for their attributes of quality, integrity, creativity and superlative craftsmanship. When judging a jeweller on his or her ability to be named a Pink Diamond Select Atelier, Argyle look for jewellers who create spectacular Pink Diamond jewellery to the highest standard; those who share a passion for perfection, for creating, conjuring and composing exceptional designs, from the classic to the contemporary. The jewellers chosen to become Pink Diamond Select Ateliers have shown that their love and expertise of Argyle Pink Diamonds extends well beyond the mere understanding of a colour chart. Select Ateliers have the ability to pinpoint key features within Pink Diamonds that many might not see with the naked eye. John Calleija is proud to have been a pioneer in the Pink Diamond field, named an Argyle Pink Diamond Select Atelier for the last two decades. Feel free to contact Calleija for any question you may have regarding investing in loose Pink Diamonds, or the creation of a special piece of jewellery for your beloved. These incredibly valuable gemstones are becoming rarer every day, with the Argyle Pink Diamond Mine due to be exhausted within the next six years. Now is the time to acquire one of these beautiful treasures from Mother Nature.
Following the success of the first release in 2013, Argyle have just announced their second series of Limited Edition Argyle Pink Diamond Rose Gold Ingots. With only 200 worldwide, these 1oz minted ingots are special collector pieces and reflect the rarity and origin of Argyle Pink Diamonds. Casting in pink gold is technically challenging and a break in tradition at the Perth Mint. Moreover, minimum runs are typically 1500 pieces, making this Limited Edition issue of 200 Pink Diamond ingots very rare indeed.
Cast in 22ct rose gold and featuring seven Argyle pink diamonds set in a heritage design from the Argyle archives, the 2014 ingot pays homage to the provenance and extraordinary discovery of these precious gems. For more than a billion years, Argyle pink diamonds were hidden kilometres beneath the Earth’s surface. First sighted glinting in an anthill in the mid 1980s, the discovery was just a hint of the treasure waiting to be unearthed, from what was to become the Argyle Diamond Mine.
Available from April 2014 and retailing for A$5580 (GST inclusive), the ingots are only available from Australian Select Ateliers. Calleija Jewellers are proud to be one of only 30 Select Ateliers worldwide. Please contact Calleija to secure one of these very rare creations:
- Calleija Sydney firstname.lastname@example.org 0292336661
- Calleija Gold Coast email@example.com 0755283666
- 22 carat 1oz pink gold
- One of only 200 worldwide, specially minted by The Perth Mint
- Hand set with seven Argyle pink diamonds, approx total weight 0.11ct
- Each ingot is individually numbered 001-200
- Maximum measurements: 41.60mm x 24.60mm x 4.00mm
- Minimum weight: 31.104gm
- While every effort has been made to achieve consistency, slight variations in the pink gold colour and pink diamond content should be expected due to the handcrafted nature of each ingot.
- Accompanied by a numbered certificate of authenticity
- Beautifully presented in an Argyle Pink Diamond branded box and exterior matching shipper
The 'Bespoke' Business & Luxury summit hosted on the 16th of May, 2013 by Marion Hume and The Australian Financial Reviw. It was a one day conference that will saw designers such as Sass & Bide and Josh Goot as well as business CEO's and specialists in the Luxury market come together to discuss the shifting landscape of the business of Luxury. The program included a segment on Raw Luxury, hosted by Jean-Marc Lieberherr of Rio Tinto Diamonds where John Calleija was asked to speak about his 25 year expereince with the rare and beautiful Pink Argyle Diamonds.
Australian designer John Calleija has created an exquisite work of art titled “Majestic Light” that was shown at Kensington Palace for a royal exhibition titled “Out of The Vault - Pink Diamonds and Royalty.” The exhibition celebrated Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and was an exclusive Argyle Pink Diamond exhibition for the world’s key opinion formers and the luxury press to admire the beautiful Australian Argyle pink diamonds. The event was hosted in a setting fit for royalty and for the most intriguing tales of Argyle pink diamonds to be heard.
“Majestic Light” features almost a quarter of a kilo of solid platinum and consists of exactly 749 pink and white diamonds. The work of art is complimented by an exquisite wearable pink diamond ring that detaches from the base of the sculpture. The creation itself can only be opened and brought to life by a beautiful $30,000 Calleija key featuring Australian Argyle Pink Diamonds and Australian blue sapphires, which carefully aligns into its own bespoke marquetry Macassar wood display case.
John’s design inspiration for the stunning ring at the base of the sculpture came from the original coronation crown worn in 1953 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The elegant wearable pink diamond ring that sits at the base features exactly 60 round brilliant cut pink diamonds. Two fabulous pear shaped pink diamonds that total exactly 0.60 points are also set into the ring. “We chose these precise numbers to celebrate the sixty year reign of Queen Elizabeth II. I sought to create a piece that would embody and radiate beauty, rarity. I wanted to push our creative design to pay homage to Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee.” said Mr. Calleija.
“Majestic Light” is a bejewelled sculpture that is a truly magnificent creation that moves in continuous motion while sparkling and sharing its light with the viewer. It is John’s first foray into the world of sculpture and the creation is the first of many pieces. His ambition with this project was to symbolize the special relationship between Queen Elizabeth II and her people. “I really wanted to pay respect to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and celebrate her Diamond Jubilee with a piece of art that captivates the viewer. I wanted to focus on featuring pink Argyle diamonds and the special relationship that these beautiful jewels have played in royal occasions.” said John Calleija.