discovery of Canadian diamonds coincided with the corruption
of the diamond industry in Africa which was tainted by the
illegal trading of diamonds to finance conflict, civil wars
and human rights abuses in Africa in the 1990's. The profits
from this illegal trade in 'Blood
diamonds' or 'Conflict Diamond' was used by warlords
and rebels in Africa to buy arms.
Diamonds and Jewelry
Canadian diamonds, with their certificates of authenticity,
ensure that buyers of jewelry containing a Canadian diamond
have not contributed to human rights abuses. Canadian diamonds
are monitored from the mine throughout the manufacturing
process. Canada is the only country in the world that operates
strict monitoring of diamond production.
of Canadian Diamonds
authenticity of Canadian diamonds is an important factor.
A Canadian diamond is accompanied with a Certificate of
Authenticity. The certificate includes the official polar
bear insignia from the Government of the North West Territories
which guarantees its Canadian origin.
Image of Canadian Diamonds
Canadian Certification Program also includes a Gemprint
image of every diamond. Every diamond has its own specific
characteristics. Each diamond is different and has its own
'fingerprint'. A Gemprint image is a diamond identification
system which uses computer technology to scan an image of
every diamond. Each certificate has its own serial number
which corresponds with the serial number which has been
microscopically etched with a laser on to the diamond.
Impartial Guide to Diamonds