Podcast: Outback Empire with Frauke Bolten-Boshammer

Podcast: Outback Empire with Frauke Bolten-Boshammer

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This week Cheryl Akle is joined by Frauke Bolten-Boshammer to discuss her new book A Diamond in the Dust – the powerful true story of how one woman turned outback dust into a diamond empire. Together they discuss the challenges of starting a new life in a foreign country, and the ways in which tragedy shapes and alters our lives.

Podcast guest: Frauke Bolten-Boshammer

Frauke Bolten-Boshammer arrived with her family in Kununurra, WA, in 1981 and launched a jewellery shop in town in the early 90s. After starting out as a display cabinet in a Kununurra gift shop, her business, Kimberley Fine Diamonds marked its 25th anniversary in 2016. Two and a half decades into business, its clientele now reads
as a who’s who of Kimberley visitors — Nicole Kidman, Baz Luhrmann, Hugh Jackman. While the pink stones caught her eye immediately after migrating from Germany to the Kimberley 30 years ago, it wasn’t until a visit by a friend, a jeweller, that the idea for opening a diamond shop was born. It was always her dream to have handmade jewellery featuring the East Kimberley’s most famous export — diamonds. With the Argyle Diamond Mine, the world’s biggest producer of pink diamonds, on her doorstep, Mrs Bolten-Boshammer said the idea to sell them made sense.

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                  Synopsis

                  The powerful true story of how one woman turned outback dust into a diamond empireWithin minutes of landing in Kununurra, Frauke Bolten had made up her mind to get on a plane back home to Germany. It was 1981 and the dusty frontier town was no place for a woman. However, Frauke stayed, determined to help her husband carve out a new life farming. Tragedy struck just three years later when Friedrich took his own life and she was left to raise their family alone.Twenty-six years after she sold her first necklace off the back porch, Kimberley Fine Diamonds in Kununurra is now home to one of the world's largest collections of Argyle pink diamonds, with a client list that includes Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman. Frauke is credited for not only pioneering an industry, but for putting the tiny outback town and its precious diamonds on the map.A Diamond in the Dust is a tale of love and loss, hardship and heartache, but ultimately the inspiring story of how a naive young girl from Germany overcame tragedy to pioneer a diamond empire in one of the most unforgiving terrains on earth.
                  Frauke Bolten-Boshammer
                  About the author

                  Frauke Bolten-Boshammer

                  Frauke Bolten-Boshammer is a true outback pioneer who overcame tragedy to create Kimberley Fine Diamonds, Australia's most remote diamond house and one of the leading suppliers of the world's rarest diamonds, the stunning Argyle Pink Diamond.

                  Books by Frauke Bolten-Boshammer

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