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.
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
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.
Diamonds are Forever...
An Impartial Guide to Diamonds