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Rohan Jewellery, Perth. Rohan Milne, multi-award winning West Australian jeweller, has successfully challenged some of the world’s most prestigious jewellery houses, to win the bid for a rare pink diamond in Argyle’s 2008 Pink Diamond Tender.
The fiercely-contested subject of attention is a pear-shaped, 0.66ct fancy, intense purple-pink gem listed in Argyle’s tender process as “one-of-one”. It was the only pear shaped gem in the tender and has one of the most brilliant, vivid colours of the 2008 collection. Participation in the Argyle tenders is by invitation only to the worlds leading diamantaires and diamond jewellers, with viewings traditionally held in New York, Tokyo, Perth, Antwerp, Hong Kong, London and Geneva.
To put the true rarity of these special pink diamonds into perspective, of every million carats of rough diamonds produced at the Argyle mine, a mere one carat is suitable for sale in one of these tenders. An intense coloured stone attracts on average 25 times the value of equivalent colourless diamonds because of their scarcity.
An unnamed source at Argyle said they shared Rohan’s delight that the unique stone, with an estimated retail value in excess of $450 000, will remain on Australian soil, and in the hands of an Australian craftsman.
Rohan’s artist’s eye for design and his skilled craftsmanship are matched only by his delight in the creation of unique pieces to suit the personality of the wearer. It is this passion that has already amassed Rohan a loyal following of clients, less than a year after opening his first outlet in Australia. In addition to a fast-growing Australian clientele, Rohan also boasts clients in Japan, Europe and the USA.
Asked what his plans are for the gem, Rohan would not be drawn, saying only that future announcements would be at the discretion of whoever the lucky new owner turns out to be.
“She’s such a beauty, I’d like to keep ‘her’ around for a while, but I suppose I will have to sell it eventually,” smiled Rohan.
“Crafting a piece of jewellery fitting for such a rare gem is undoubtedly going to be one of the highlights of my career.”