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Northern Canada is rich in natural resources as it is some of the oldest rock in the world. Diamonds were discovered in 1990 even though diamond exploration in Canada has occurred since the 1800’s. When a diamond bearing kimberlite pipe was found in Canada’s Northwest Territories, the diamond rush had begun. Since 1990 many more diamond bearing kimberlite pipes were discovered and there are expectations to discover more in Canada. The Canadian Diamond mines are much smaller than other diamond deposits throughout the world but they produce more diamonds per ton of ore than other diamond mines.
The first mine to be discovered in Canada was the Ekati mine in 1990 and eight years later, the mine began to operate to produce diamonds. Many years of planning and research to develop the resource was needed in order to comply with the mandates of the Canadian Government, particularly regarding environmental policy. It was imperative that the mining companies excavated the diamonds in the most ethical, sustainable and responsible methods possible. First Nation groups were also consulted throughout the process in order to create a harmonious relationship between the needs of the peoples and the land with the diamond mining companies to excavate this rich resource.
In an effort to support and protect Canadian workers, the Canadian Government has made certain that diamond mining companies involve Canadian workers in the mining, sorting, grading and polishing process.
Diavik, Victor, Jericho and Snap Lake are other Canadian diamond mines in the Northwest Territories. In other provinces such as Saskatchewan, Alberta, Quebec and Ontario there is still ongoing exploration for Canadian diamonds with high hopes of new discoveries in this resource rich landscape. Canada is said to become one of the major diamond producers in the world which will have a large impact on the Canadian economy.
Canadian diamonds are said to be some of the best quality diamonds in the world. They are world renowned for the exceptional size and quality. They are known to have an overall high colour grade and low fluorescence.
Canadian diamonds are in high demand as they have superior quality as well as a traceable background. The recent production of Canadian Diamonds ensures that they are in compliance with the Kimberly Accord, they have been responsibly sourced not only in regards to the workers, but also with the environment. Canadian Diamonds are a great choice for consumers who want to know the provenance of a diamond and that it was ethically and responsibly sourced. Other popular sources for ethically minded buyers are Australian Diamonds and Russian Diamonds.
How are Canadian Diamonds identified?Most diamonds are not traced or labeled from their original source unless they are traced through a registration program. Diamond mining companies will send all their diamonds to sorting centers throughout the world where they get mixed together with diamonds from other sources. Then they are sent to major cutting centers such as Israel or Belgium. Once they are cut, they are sorted again by grade and dispersed throughout the world to major diamond centers such as New York, Antwerp and Tel Aviv. Due to the fact that many consumers would like to know the origin of their diamonds, there are monitoring systems in place that can track a diamond, mine to consumer. Canadian diamonds have a higher registration rate in systems such as CanadaMark that will ensure the diamond was sourced in a Canadian mine. Also, Canadian diamond manufacturers such as Embee Diamonds who are the creator of the Sirius Star Diamond ™ ensure that the diamonds are mined as well as manufactured in Canada.