Picture Canada. What comes to mind? Perhaps the vast boreal forests, or crystal clear lakes reflecting stars from unpolluted skies, or maybe the herds of caribou leaping across the tundra–not to mention the maple leaves and hockey, of course. Like their country of origin, Canadian diamonds have a pristine image. They are considered one of the most ethical and environmentally conscious choices for diamonds, the truly conflict-free alternative to African diamonds. They are also one of the most expensive diamonds on the market. So, is it worth it? We have written up the main pros and cons below so that you can form your own opinion, and if you are shopping for a diamond, feel more empowered to choose a diamond that’s right for you.
There are six diamond mines in Canada, including the Diavik Mine, Ekati Mine, Snap Lake Mine, and Gahcho Kue Mine Project in the Northwest Territories; the Jericho Mine in Nunavut; and the Victor Mine in Ontario. The three transnational mining companies that run the Canadian diamond industry are Rio Tinto, BHP, and to a smaller degree, De Beers. While these companies have a history associated with exploitation of people and lands, the issues of the diamond industry have since been exposed and today these companies are under a lot of pressure to invest heavily in ethical practices. We offer Canadian diamonds that come from the Diavik, Ekati, Snap Lake, and Victor mines in the Northwest Territories and Ontario. We are only able to source Canadian diamonds that are .50ct and higher, and because of the limited supply we are not necessarily able to guarantee the exact color and clarity requested by a customer, but we’ll do our best!