General History of Canadian Diamonds
Contrary to what much of the public believes, diamonds don't come solely from South Africa. In 1985, geologist Charles Fipke and his partner Stuart Blusson found evidence of Kimberlite (the rock substance in which diamonds are found) near Lac de Gras, Canada. This find ushered in the beginnings of a new major player in the diamond market and a new type of diamond. The key to this new type of diamond is not in the material itself, but in the way that it is handled. This relates to the fact that Canada's Government of the Northwest Territories established stringent policies that ensure the quality and source of the diamonds mined in its domain. Certified by the government itself, Canadian diamonds have become the first diamonds that can be accurately traced back to their true origin, making them unlike any other diamond in the world. This government certification is the cornerstone of Canadia's Triple Guarantee which embraces the purity and quality associated with its brand name.
The Major Players in the Canadian Diamond Industry
Canada's diamond sources come mainly from 3 locations: Ekati, Diavik, and Snap Lake. The Ekati mine is owned primarily by Australian mining company BHP Billiton. This mine currently produces 6% of the world's rough gem-quality diamonds valued at $500 million/year. The Diavik mine began production in April 2003 as a joint venture between London's Rio Tinto PLC and Toronto's Aber Diamond Corp. The Snap Lake mine will begin production in 2006 under the management of DeBeers. When all three mines are fully operational, Canada will produce 12% of the world's rough gem-quality diamonds, becoming the world's third-largest diamond supplier. Canadia™ utilizes only the finest diamonds that come out of the Ekati mine.
Canadia's Triple Guarantee
All Canadia™ diamonds are guaranteed to be of North American Origin, natural and untreated, and superb quality and craftsmanship.
Why some customers prefer Canadian Diamonds
The uniqueness of the diamond stems from the fact that they were mined under some of the most strict and comprehensive regulations in the world. Strict laws were passed to protect the Arctic environment and those who lived and worked there. New mining technology has allowed temporary drainage of lakes, diversion of water flows, all in a manner that once mining is terminated there would be no environmental damage left. Respect for and preservation of significant sites on traditional land was written into law. Indigenous people were assured of job placement and training if qualified. Basically, the diamonds are mined and cut under socially conscious and environmentally sensitive conditions.
Canadian diamonds come laser-inscribed with logos and serial numbers ensuring their authenticity. Thus, customers are not only buying a high-quality diamond, they are buying piece-of-mind. Canadian diamonds are guaranteed to be conflict-free. DSD only sells non-conflict diamonds.
Why buy Canadia™ diamonds
Canadia™ diamonds embody the crisp beauty of the arctic. Their cold fire is like no other gem. Canadia™ goes even further in quality-assurance with its triple certification backed by the Canadian government. Every diamond comes with a Certificate of Authenticity, Gemprint, and Independent Gem Lab Certification.