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They say diamonds are forever, but time is finally up for Australia’s only operational diamond mine in Western Australia’s remote Kimberley region.
Since opening its doors almost 40 years ago, Rio Tinto’s Argyle diamond mine has produced 865 million carats of rough diamonds and is one of the few known sources of pink diamonds in the world.
But today the very last of these precious gems will be mined from the site, located within the ancient Matsu Ranges more than 3000 kilometres north of Perth.
Argyle general manager Andrew Wilson said employees and traditional owners would come together in a ceremony this morning to mark the historic milestone. read more