Australian miner Rio Tinto and The Perth Mint recently unveiled the first pavé set Argyle pink diamond gold coin, aptly named “The Jewelled Phoenix.”
The coin is adorned with a delicately sculptured 18-karat pink gold Chinese phoenix and hand-set with a total of 1.22 carats of rare pink diamonds from Rio Tinto’s Argyle diamond mine in the east Kimberley region of Western Australia.
Richard Hayes, Perth Mint CEO, said, “Inspired by ancient Chinese legend, the fine detail and artistry of The Jewelled Phoenix has taken our craftsmanship to the next level.”
Revered as the immortal king of birds and embodying the values of virtue, compassion and trust, the phoenix is a symbol of happiness and prosperity. Only eight Jewelled Phoenix coins, a number considered extremely lucky in Chinese culture, will ever be released.
Rio Tinto Diamonds Global Marketing Director Josephine Johnson commented, “Our select atelier, The Perth Mint, and our authorised partner, John Glajz, have created a unique and precious coin that is sure to command the attention of collectors the world over.”
The Jewelled Phoenix was showcased at the prestigious 47th World Money Fair in Berlin from February 2 to 4.