Canadian Diamonds

You could always tell what kind of a person a man thinks you are by the earrings he gives you.

Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s

My hubby gave me diamond stud earrings on the occasion of our first Christmas together. The pretty set of .24 carat sparklers came with a couple of extras: a Government Certificate of Authenticity and a Certificate of Evaluation signed by a gemologist.

Canada has a great system to ensure that the diamond you purchase is in fact genuine and was mined in Canada. Each Canadian diamond has a unique identification number that is lasered into the non-visible portion.

If the diamond was also cut and polished in Canada’s Northwest Territories, a Government Certificate of Authenticity is issued by the Government of the Northwest Territories. Thus you can be assured that your Canadian diamond was not shipped off to Europe or Asia to be cut and polished and then returned to be sold in North American retail stores.

This Canadian system protects you from fraud or the inadvertent purchase of a “blood diamond” or “conflict diamond”– one that was sold to fund war or uprisings, usually in Africa.   As a tea-drinker said in an old television commercial, “Only in Canada, you say? Pity.”

What is so special about Canadian diamonds? They are among the clearest, best quality diamonds in the world. They are mined ethically, with well-paid employees and measures in place to protect the environment.

So when shopping for a diamond, check out the five Cs: Clarity, Colour, Cut, Carat, Canadian.

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