The Argyle mine in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia has just unearthed a 12.76 ct. pink diamond, the largest in its long history of discovering notable pinks.
The diamond, dubbed The Argyle Pink Jubilee, is a light pink stone, considered similar to the Williamson Pink, which Queen Elizabeth II received as a wedding present and wore at her Coronation.
Expert diamond polisher Richard How Kim Kam, who has worked for Argyle for 25 years, has begun work on polishing the pink, according to the mine’s owner Rio Tinto.
“I’m going to take it very carefully,” said Kam in a statement. “I know the world will be watching.”
When the diamond has been cut and polished it will be displayed and then sold as part of the annual Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender.
“A diamond of this caliber is unprecedented,” said Argyle Pink Diamonds manager Josephine Johnson in a statement. “It has taken 26 years of Argyle production to unearth this stone and we may never see one like this again.”