RAPAPORT... Rio Tinto is showcasing its Argyle pink tender diamonds on mainland China for the first time, the company reported.
Jean-Marc Lieberherr, general manager for sales and marketing for Rio Tinto Diamonds, said the decision to present the goods in China was a reflection of the growing appreciation for rare colored diamond in the Chinese market.
The collection of 55 stones is available for viewing in China to a select group of diamantaires, collectors and connoisseurs. Following its initial previews in Hong Kong and at the Australian pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo, the Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender will be showcased in Shanghai and Beijing in partnership with Chinese retailer, Chow Tai Fook.
The highlight of this year’s tender is a round, 2.02 carat, brilliant fancy vivid pink diamond named Argyle Mystra (pictured). The 2010 collection is titled Earth Magic.
After China, the diamonds will be shipped to New York for viewing before returning to Australia in time for the bid deadline of October 26.