What is a conflict diamond?
diamonds are diamonds that are mined from areas controlled by
rebels opposed to legitimate government.
These diamond sales fund military actions.
The diamonds sold on the black market are used to fight a
bloody war victimizing many children.
The last thing anyone wants when making a diamond purchase
is to know that their money possibly helped aid
brutal acts of aggression.
are human rights activists concerned about conflict diamonds?
in Sierra Leona, Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo have
funded civil war and abuses against the civilian population.
Sierra Leone is of particular concern because of the
terrible abusiveness of the rebel forces that control most of the
country’s diamond production.
The rebels have forced millions of Sierra Leoneans from
their homes and committed tens of thousands of crimes, including
the recruitment of child soldiers and the amputation of hands of
thousands of children, men and women, despite the presence of over
10,000 UN peacekeepers.
can a consumer avoid buying a “conflict diamond”?
well structured “Certificate of Origin” can be an effective
way of ensuring legitimate diamonds.
Many diamonds now mined in the Yukon of Northern Canada now
come with certificate of origin which eliminates the possibility
of conflict diamonds. Legislation
is being passed in North America which will require all diamonds
being so verified as conflict-free diamonds.
Canadian certified diamonds insure you are buying a gift of
love and purity.
Freed from the Arctic ice after 3 billion
years, these diamonds are completely certified in their origin!
allure of Canadian Diamonds.
the increasing popularity of Canadian diamonds and the allure of
beauty in which they offer to the consumer, it is no wonder why we
are seeing them marketed in stores across North America.
Now with the second mine in Canada open and ready for
business, it appears the Canadian diamond market will be on a
steady rise. In a
recent release from the CICS it was stated that Canada is already
producing approximately 12% of the world’s rough diamonds. That is over $1 billion per year, placing Canada third in the
world for rough production (behind Botswana & Russia and ahead
of South Africa). The
Ekati Diamond Mine project, the first Canadian diamond mine to
produce and sell its rough, was established approximately 10 years
ago in 1990. Soon
after, in 1991, the first diamonds in the Northwest Territories
were discovered. This
discovery of diamonds in Canada was said to have brought about a
“diamond rush” in the NWT, now referred to as the largest rush
in North American history. It
wasn’t until October 1998 that the Ekati Diamond Mines
officially opened for business.
were excited about the new possibilities that Canadian diamonds
could bring to the industry.
They wanted to capture the true allure of these magnificent
gems and thus, the campaigns began and the brands were created.
Since the opening of the Ekati Diamond Mine, the Canadian
diamond market has been steadily moving ahead, which has paved way
for the second diamond mine in the Canadian North West
Territories, the Diavik Diamond Mine.
Many celebrated as the long awaited opening of the mine
took place in July 2003. Hundreds
had gathered at Diavik’s official opening ceremony to celebrate
the future of the mine.
you may be asking yourself with all the diamonds in circulation,
how can one be sure that the diamond they are buying is an actual
Canadian diamond? Our
Canadian diamonds come complete with a certificate of authenticity
stating that this particular diamond was mined in Canada.
There’s a serial number for the diamond that will allow
your diamond to be traced back to the mine in which it was
Gem and Diamond Specialists, our Canadian diamonds go through a
rigorous tracking process from beginning to end.
We ensure that each individual diamond is assigned its own
unique serial number. This
serial number will then be laser-inscribed along with our
trademarked “Canada Goose” on the girdle of the diamond to
further ensure that identity of that Canadian diamond.
In addition, every one of our Canadian diamonds comes with
a detailed Certificate of Authenticity clearly stating the
assigned serial number as well as a full Grading Certificate from
a certified laboratory.