Canadian Diamonds

 


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Canadian Diamonds
The 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.

Canadian Diamonds and Jewelry
Buying 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.

Authenticity of Canadian Diamonds
The 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.

Gemprint Image of Canadian Diamonds
The 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.

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Timeline & History of Canadian Diamonds & Diamond Mines
Following considerable exploration work since the 1960's diamonds were eventually discovered in the Lac De Gras area in the Northwest Territories of Canada during September 1991. The discovery of other diamonds quickly followed in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec.  The first of the Canadian diamond mines opened in 1998. But the history of the search for Canadian Diamonds dates back for many hundreds of years! The following history timeline of Canadian Diamonds provides and insight into man's search for diamonds in Canada:

Timeline & History of Canadian Diamonds
Canadian Diamond Mines

  • 1541: The famous French explorer Jacques Cartier hoped to find great wealth in Canada and mined at the mouth of Rivière du Cap-Rouge near Quebec. But the 'diamonds' were in fact just quartz crystals giving rise to the name Cap Diamant ( Cape Diamond )
  • 1872: A diamond of oval shape, about three inches long and two inches wide was found near River Philip, Nova Scotia
  • 1899: W.H. Hobbs raised the possibility of diamond sources in Canada speculating that  they had been carried by glaciers in North America
  • 1906: Unconfirmed reports of the discovery of a stone “believed to be one of thelargest diamonds in the world” at Nipissing District, Ontario
  • 1910: Microscopic diamonds reportedly obtained from chromite at Tulameen River in British Columbia but were shown to be synthetic periclase which is formed by laboratory heating of the rock samples
  • 1911: Microscopic diamonds reportedly obtained from chromite at Scotty Creek in British Columbia but were also shown to be synthetic periclase
  • 1911: Microscopic diamonds reported at Black Lake in Quebec but were also shown to be synthetic periclase

  • 1914: Microscopic diamonds reported at Reaume Township in Ontario but again synthetic periclase
  • c1920: Unsubstantiated report of a 33 carat diamond found at Peterborough in Ontario
  • 1948: Unsubstantiated report of the discovery of five diamonds at Saskatchewan
  • 1958: Unsubstantiated report of the discovery of a 1 carat stone at Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1961/62: Unsubstantiated report of the discovery of 2 diamonds at Saskatchewan
  • 1960 / 70 / 80's: Various companies search for diamonds in Canada
  • 1991: BHP and Dia Met discover the first diamonds in the Lac De Gras area in the Northwest Territories increasing explorations in Canada for diamonds
  • 1998:  The EKATI diamond mine opened in October, north of Yellowknife, in the Northwest Territories of Canada
  • 1998: Canada became a diamond producer
  • 1999: By April 1999 the EKATI diamond mine had produced one million carats of diamonds. Diamonds from the Ekati Mine are sold under the trade name Aurias and their authenticity is verified through the "CanadaMark" service
  • 2003: The second diamond mine in Canada, Diavik, began production in January
  • 2005: Diamond mines at Snap Lake northeast of Yellowknife and Victor, near James Bay in Ontario
  • 2006: Canadian diamond mine Jericho in Nunavut

Timeline & History of
Canadian Diamond Mines

Canadian Diamond Mines
Production at Canadian Diamond Mines have made Canada the world's third largest producer of diamonds. A carat is a unit of measure and not size. One carat is equivalent to 200 milligrams. Projections of diamond productions are as follows:

 
 

  • The EKATI diamond mine projects an average of between 4 - 5 million carats per year during the life of the diamond mine also see Ekati Diamond Mine
  • The Diavik diamond mine projects an average of between 7 - 8 million carats per year during the life of the diamond mine see Diavik Diamond Mine
  • The Snap Lake diamond mine projects an average of between 1.5 - 2 million carats per year during the life of the diamond mine
  • The Jericho diamond mine projects an average of between half a million carats per year during the life of the diamond mine

 

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Information about Canadian Diamonds

Discover some fascinating information about Canadian Diamonds.

  • Facts and Information
  • Guide to Canadian Diamonds
  • Information about Canadian Diamonds
  • Canadian Diamond and Jewelry
  • Authenticity of a Canadian Diamond
  • Gemprint Image of Canadian Diamonds
  • Timeline & History of Canadian Diamonds
  • Canadian Diamond Mines
 
 

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