Canadian Diamonds : Beyond Conflict-Free Diamonds
North America’s diamond in the rough
When you think of Canada, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Would it be snow? Cold weather? Polar bears? I’m willing to bet your first thought wouldn’t be about Canada being a major diamond producer. This article is to introduce the brilliant diamonds found up north from the maple country.
How long have diamonds been found and mined in Canada?
Most people think of Africa or the European diamond trading centers as being the major, worldwide diamond sources. There are actually several diamond mines in Canada, some more popular than others. The first diamonds were produced in 1998 from the EKATI Diamond Mine. Within eight years, two other mines – Diavik and Jericho – along with EKATI, together produced more than 13 million carats of diamonds per year. As a result, Canada became the third largest producer of diamonds in the world! Three other mines located throughout include Snap Lake, Victor, and Gahcho Kue.
Our Canadian diamonds are mainly produced in the Diavik and EKATI mines and adhere to the Canadian Diamond Code of Conduct (CDCC), which states that we must keep records and a chain of warranties proving the authenticity of our Canadian diamonds.
Documented from origin to polished stones:
CanadaMark® diamonds come from the Ekati mine in a remote region near the Arctic Circle and are tracked through audited processes from origin to polished stones. The mine follows strict environmental regulations. Since the discovery of diamonds in this area in the 1990s, the mine has a history of protecting the integrity of the land, water, and wildlife.
What’s unique about Canadian diamonds?
Environmental cognizance is important in Canada. These mines adhere to strict standards in their diamond production. It’s very important that the mines not disturb the wildlife or marine habitats. Also, Canadian diamonds tend to have low levels of fluorescence and an innate quality to take a high luster.
How can someone tell if his or her diamond is from Canada?
Diamonds with a finished weight of 1/3 carat and above are tracked from the mine to the market. Each diamond certificate states:
- The mine it was produced from
- The certificate number
- The original weight of the rough
- The finished polish weight
The certificate number is also inscribed on the girdle of the polished diamond, which is a clear indicator of the diamond’s origin.
Canada’s diamond mines yield a higher ratio of pristine, gem-quality diamonds in comparison to the output of other countries. They are noted for exceptional color, clarity, and luster, as well as low levels of fluorescence.
Lireille offers Canadian melee in rounds ranging in size from 1.3mm to 4.1mm (0.01cts to 0.25cts) in SI2-SI3 GH quality. We also offer a selection of our in several different shapes with GIA reports and an attached CanadaMark™ certificate. Our CanadaMark™ Diamonds are in full compliance with the Canadian Diamond Code of Conduct. And, regardless of size, every CanadaMark™ diamond also meets specific standards for color, clarity, finish, and symmetry. Almost all diamond jewelry at Lireille are available in CanadaMark™ diamonds. Please request at consultation or special orders.
Every CanadaMark™ diamond from Lireille is:
- Responsibly mined in Canada’s Northwest Territories
- Natural and untreated
- Tracked through audited processes at every stage from country of origin to polished stone
- Polished to meet specific quality standards
- Guaranteed to come from conflict-free source.