Rio Tinto toasts Chow Tai Fook deal with tiara

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Diamond tiara created to seal strategic partnership between companies.

Rio Tinto will celebrate its strategic partnership with Chinese jeweller Chow Tai Fook by presenting a selection of diamonds from its Argyle mine, including a special white and champagne diamond encrusted tiara.

Dubbed the company’s ‘masterpiece’, the Nature’s Glow tiara has been created to mark the alignment of the Rio Tinto and Chow Tai Fook, while celebrating the latter’s 85th anniversary.

The one-of-a-kind tiara will be displayed in key cities in China to mark Chow Tai Fook’s move into retailing Argyle diamonds, mined in Australia, from the majority of its 2,000 stores in the Greater China region.

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Rio Tinto Diamonds managing director Jean-Marc Lieberherr said, “Chow Tai Fook is one of the great jewellery companies of the world and over the past five years Rio Tinto has been delighted to work with it to develop the fashion jewellery market in China. This powerful partnership has enabled opportunities to grow the Chinese market for diamonds in ways we could only dream of less than five years ago.”

Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Ltd managing director Kent Wong said: “We are very proud of our partnership with Rio Tinto and we are delighted to launch the ‘Chow Tai Fook Sunshine’ collection. These jewellery pieces are exquisite examples of the creative collaboration that exists between Australia and China – beautiful Australian diamonds have found their way into the finest of bespoke Chinese jewellery.”

The partnership between the two companies was inaugurated at the Shanghai World Expo in 2010, and has led to five Chow Tai Fook jewellery collections featuring Argyle stones. The most recent Sunshine collection will be launched in October, promoted under the banner of ‘Light up your life with Australian Diamonds’.

Each piece is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity assuring customers of the origin of their diamonds.

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