Rare large white diamond found at Rio Tinto’s iconic Argyle mine reinforces the excitement of working in the mining sector

Working for Rio Tinto is a ‘diamond’ of an opportunity

Working for Rio Tinto is a ‘diamond’ of an opportunity

If you're into gemstones, precious stones, excitement and adventure then applying to work for Rio Tinto might be the next step to take on your career journey.

And now is a particularly exciting time to join the company as Rio Tinto’s iconic Argyle diamond mine has produced one of the largest gem quality white diamonds in its 35 year history.

The 28.84 carat gem quality white diamond was recovered from the east Kimberley mine and named Argyle Octavia™ in recognition of its beautiful octahedral shape.

Arnaud Soirat, Chief Executive of Rio Tinto's Copper and Diamonds Portfolio, says: "We are delighted with this discovery which is a testament to the extraordinary Argyle orebody that continues to deliver these miracles of nature, even as it nears the end of mine life."

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Exciting times for world’s largest coloured diamond mine

Rio Tinto's Argyle diamond mine is renowned as the world's largest coloured diamond mine, with a much more sporadic production of large white diamonds.

Since the opening of the mine in 1983, gem quality white diamonds greater than 20 carats have comprised around 0.00007 percent of Argyle's production.

Andrew Wilson, General Manager of Argyle Diamonds, adds: "Argyle Octavia™ is unique in its size, shape and beautiful provenance and will take its place in Argyle’s history as one of a few special large white diamonds ever to be produced from the mine."

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Women are thriving in their careers at Rio Tinto

Argyle Octavia™ is one of many successes for Rio Tinto. The company’s history is filled with firsts and they've developed some of the world’s largest and best quality mines and operations, with their people working in around 35 countries across six continents.

Marianne Hoareau, Robe Valley Manager Maintenance & Fixed Plant Operations, says: “Rio Tinto values their people and I would have to say it is one of the best companies I have worked for because they really want their people to grow.”

Kylie Jackson, a Mobile Equipment Maintenance Supervisor at the company’s Paraburdoo mine, says: "Working for Rio Tinto is perfect for anyone with a thirst for adventure and a love for getting involved in outdoor activities - whether that’s climbing mountains, swimming around the picturesque beaches, camping out in the wilderness, or driving around on scooters and go-karts."

Aluminium and copper, diamonds, gold and industrial minerals, iron ore, coal and uranium are Rio Tinto materials that make up the world around us and you’ll find them in smartphones, planes, cars, hospitals and at home. There really aren’t many companies out there offering such an exciting range of opportunities.

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