Argyle Pink Diamonds for Valentine’s Day (and Every Budget)



Mention Argyle pink diamonds and one immediately thinks of the Rio Tinto–owned Australian mine’s famous stones, but there’s a diamantaire in New York who wants retailers to know that even those who can afford a pair of $1,000,000 Argyle pink diamond earrings aren’t always reaching for the record breakers. Instead, the sophisticated consumer is showing a preference for more understated pieces that offer the allure, and undeniable cachet, of the best pink diamonds without the price tag of a Beverly Hills mansion.

A leading supplier not only of important loose Argyle pinks but also of finished jewelry that beautifully showcases the coveted gems, JFine has recently introduced designs using smaller Argyle pink diamonds that retail for around $1,500 (there’s even a tiny heart pendant clocking in at $600).

JFine Argyle diamond eternity band
Argyle diamond half French pavé band with 0.18 ct. t.w. diamonds in 18k gold, $1,430
JFine Argyle diamond star pendant
Argyle Pink Star pendant with 0.06 ct. t.w. pink diamonds in 14k pink gold on a 14k white gold chain. $1,200
JFine Argyle diamond heart pendant
Heart pendant with 0.02 ct. t.w. Argyle pink diamonds in 14k pink and white gold on a silk cord, $600

As an authorized partner of Argyle Pink Diamonds, the company receives a regular allocation of pink diamonds directly from the mine, including quite a bit of high-quality melee to use either as accent stones or the main event.

Says JFine company president Jordan Fine, “A large percentage of Argyle’s production is melee, which is meticulously sorted according to Argyle’s color scale. The stones are perfectly matched for color when we receive them, and the cuts are excellent.”

Most of Argyle’s finest pink stones are sold at its annual tenders, and this can include 0.01 ct. melee in shades of super-vivid pink or even red priced at $65,000 per ct. “And all Argyle pink diamonds greater than 0.08 carats are laser inscribed and come with a certificate of authenticity from the mine, which is a nice touch for consumers,” Fine adds.

But whether it’s a $350,000 ring set with an intense pink, radiant-cut VS2 diamond or a comparatively modest $6,000 eternity band, “We strive to achieve harmony between the color, scale, beauty, and perceived value of our jewelry,” says Fine. “There was a considerable effort put into developing product that would entice consumers with attractive price points, and it also took us years to accumulate enough pinks for the collection and to ensure that repeatable pieces can be repeated.”

Take the ring below, for example. “In theory, it sounds easy to get 13 matching 3 mm fancy pink diamonds. In reality, it’s not easy,” says Fine.

JFine Argyle pink and white diamond band
Argyle eternity band with 1.71 cts. t.w. pink diamonds and 1.03 cts. t.w. white diamonds in platinum and 18k white gold, $50,000

And while JFine’s Argyle jewelry collection almost always gives the pinks pride of place, occasionally they are used to enhance the beauty of, say, a magnificent bicolor tourmaline for a design that telegraphs luxury from every nook and cranny. “Our designer was drawn to the apple green and watermelon tourmaline colors and felt like they would contrast beautifully with soft Argyle Pink diamonds,” says Fine. (And at a recent photo shoot, actress Kate Beckinsale was apparently in agreement.)

JFine Argyle diamond tourmaline ring
Ring with 5.49 ct. bicolor tourmaline and 0.65 ct. t.w. Argyle pink diamonds in 18k pink gold, $14,000

See more of JFine’s Valentine’s Day–perfect pretties in pink below.

JFine Argyle intense pink radiant cut diamond ring
Argyle ring with a 1 ct. Argyle intense pink VS2 center stone, 0.28 ct. t.w. Argyle pink diamond accents, and 0.28 ct. t.w. white diamonds in platinum and 18k gold, $350,000
JFine Argyle diamond rolling band
Argyle movable double band with 0.35 ct. t.w. pink diamonds and 0.34 ct. t.w. white diamonds in platinum and 18k pink gold, $8.360
JFine Argyle diamond pendant
Argyle Double Halo Bezel necklace with 0.16 ct. t.w. pink diamonds and 0.12 ct. t.w. white diamonds in platinum and 18k white gold, $5,060
JFine Argyle diamond blue tourmaline earrings
Drop earrings with two 6.8 ct. Brazilian tourmaline briolettes, two 0.24 ct. oval Argyle pink diamonds, two 0.65 ct. t.w. marquise diamonds, and 2.15 cts. t.w. Argyle pink diamond accents in 18k pink gold, $42,000
JFine Argyle pink diamond hoops
Argyle hoops with 0.42 ct. t.w. Argyle pink diamonds and 0.5 ct. t.w. white diamonds in platinum and 18k pink gold, $7,700

 

Top: JFine’s Argyle pink diamond jewelry is a valentine to collectors, no matter what their discretionary income is. This loose heart-shape diamond, however, retails for $20,000.

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