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Rio Tinto Diamonds is sponsoring the first champagne diamond design competition for jewelry that showcases the full color range of champagne diamonds. The winning designer will be named the "Champagne Visionary." The top four winning designs will form part of a nation-wide traveling exhibition hosted at leading jewelry retail locations, in time for the holiday season.

To enter, submit a maximum of up to three renderings of your never-before-seen champagne diamond jewelry designs with a description of the design inspiration and the importance of champagne diamonds by July 1, 2009. Rio Tinto will match winning designs with manufacturers to create the winning piece if needed.

Design requirements are the use of champagne diamonds from 0.02 to 0.15 carats, with 70 percent in the lighter colors of champagne, called C1 to C4 in Rio Tinto's color grading scale. White diamonds and other shades of champagne diamonds, along with other gemstones, can be used to complement the dominant use of C1 to C4 diamonds.

Rio Tinto's Argyle diamond mine is the world's largest producer of champagne diamonds, which have been increasing in popularity over the past few years. In 2008, Rio Tinto launched a new series of champagne diamond promotional materials.

"The design contest is a natural extension of our market development for champagne diamonds in the U.S.," says Jean-Marc Lieberherr, general manager for the sales and marketing of diamonds from Rio Tinto's mines. "We are now looking to the next generation of new design talent to inspire retailers and consumers alike."

For more information on how to enter, contact Goldstein Communications, (212) 838-0822.

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