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    Extremely Rare Violet Diamond Worth Millions Discovered in Australia

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    A rare, largest of its type, 2.83-carat violet diamond has been discovered at a Rio Tinto Western Australian mine, according to the Australian.

    The extremely rare diamond is also known as The Argyle Violet. The diamond will be the showcase of the 2016 Argyle Pink Diamonds Tender, the annual showcase of the rarest diamonds from the mine.

    ​Rio Tinto Diamonds general manager of sales, Patrick Coppens said the Argyle Violet was "impossibly rare and limited by nature".  

    ​After that, private trade viewings of the diamond will commence in June before it travels to Copenhagen, Hong Kong and New York.

    The Argyle mine accounts for 90% of the world's rare pink diamonds, yet over the last 32 years, just 12 carats of polished violet diamonds have been produced for its Tender.  
      

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