Museums Victoria is partnering with New York based LJ West Diamonds, one of the largest collectors of natural colour diamonds in the world, to provide an exclusive opportunity for
Australians and international visitors to marvel at pink diamonds. The Pink Diamonds exhibition will showcase more than 100 truly unique gemstones found in the Australian Kimberley region. Naturally coloured diamonds have long
been valued for their uniqueness; coveted by many but owned by few. The physical conditions needed to create them occur very rarely, making them extraordinarily precious and exceedingly valu
able. In the world of luxury products, natural colour diamonds are likened to works of art, hidden treasures and rare books.
“Museums Victoria is pleased to present this world-first display of some of the earth’s extraordinary beauties,” Museums Victoria Director & CEO Lynley Crosswell said. “The exhibition will bring to light their dazzling hues, the fascinating science and the precise skill required to cut these exquisite gemstones”.
For the first time, a collection of some of the world’s most exquisite Australian pink diamonds – which make up 90% of all pink diamonds in the global market – will be on public display, including the 2.83 carat Argyle Violet, one of the most spectacular gems on Earth. It is ‘one of the rarest jewels in the world – the Picasso of the collection’, said Larry West.
Argyle Hidden Princess - 2.01 Fancy Vivid Pink (Argyle Hidden Princess - Largest 2-carat SI2 Vivid Pink Princess shaped from Argyle/Australia)
Placed in the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles in 2016, it is the only stone in history to carry this colour grading which is produced by the presence of hydrogen. The violet diamond is hundreds of times rarer than a pink diamond.
Larry West has been building his collection of Argyle Pink diamonds for over 30 years, many of which have never been on public display. “I am thrilled for the best of the collection to be back in Australia and presented as the largest pink diamond exhibition ever” says Larry West “Our planet created these flawless diamonds over 1.6 billion years ago,” said Museums Victoria Research Institute’s Head of Sciences Dermot Henry. “Finding a pink diamond is like retrieving the ‘needle from the haystack’; only one carat in every million will display this intense pink colour. They remind us how truly wonderful nature is.”
Larry West says: “My attraction to natural colour diamonds is much like my attraction to life – every day is unique. Every colour diamond that I’ve ever seen or owned has had its own unique characteristics, its own flaws, and its own beauty.”
This once in a lifetime opportunity will allow audiences to discover what gives pink diamonds their distinctive colour, and the art behind cutting, polishing and setting diamonds as jewellery.