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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