Inspired by the land
We pay our respects to the Gija and Mirriwung people, who are the traditional owners and custodians of the diamond Mine in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia. The location of the mine is known as the Barramundi Gap, a sacred Indigenous women’s site.
Earthed from the mine in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia, Dreamtime Australian diamonds are naturally imbued with the unique warmth and beauty of the land. To wear a Dreamtime Australian diamonds piece is to cherish an ancient piece of Australia, which is something truly special.
Diamonds from the Argyle mine display a striking array of colours, including Shades of Cognac – the breathtakingly warm-toned Diamonds featured in Dreamtime Australian Diamond jewellery. Each Dreamtime Australian Diamonds piece is thoughtfully designed and crafted in a way that accentuates the natural warmth of its Diamonds, representing the remarkable beauty of the Australian landscape
Like generic diamonds, these diamonds are one of the Earth’s most precious natural resources, requiring specific pressure and temperature conditions to form over millions of years.
It took more time still for the mine to be established, its diamonds unearthed, and Dreamtime Australian diamonds pieces to come into its own as a unique brand for breathtaking diamond jewellery pieces.
Let’s take a closer look at the journey of our diamonds:
GEOLOGISTS DISCOVER A DIAMOND ON AN ANT HILL
After decades of searching the Kimberley region of Western Australia, geologists Frank Hughes and Warren Atkinson spot a diamond resting atop an anthill.
The Mine begins production
Hughes and Warren’s discovery led them to find one of the richest diamond deposits in the world. Owned by Rio Tinto, the mine opened in 1983, resulting in the production of a wide array of white and coloured diamonds.
Dreamtime Australian Diamonds is established
With a vision to create stunning pieces of diamond jewellery inspired by the unique warmth and beauty of the Australian landscape, Dreamtime Australian diamonds was established in 2014. Pieces emulating remarkably beautiful native Australian flora, fauna and landscapes are created to accentuate the warmth of ‘Shades of Cognac’.
The Mine closes
After 37 years of production and producing 10.9 million carats of diamonds, the Mine was closed in November 2020.
Mine closure process and and rare diamond pieces
Dreamtime Australian diamonds continue to create uniquely stunning Australian jewellery pieces with remarkably rare diamonds from the Argyle mine. Rio Tinto continue with the execution of their closure plan, which involves decommissioning the mine; reshaping and rehabilitating the land; preserving ecological and cultural heritage values; supporting future land uses by Traditional Owners; and ensuring a smooth transition for the local community.