Why a Canadian diamond?
Canadian diamonds are desirable because of their great attributes. They come from that exotic and beautiful Canadian north. Canadian diamonds are being mined in accordance with the principles of sustainable development They are mined to the highest environmental standards in the world; they have provided social benefits to the northern communities and have brought about important economic prosperity to their region (Check the mines websites). Canadian diamonds meet the requirements of the Kimberley Process and many of them can be traced back to the mine of origin. And, for Canadians, they support a new Canadian industry.
What is a Canadian diamond?
A diamond that was mined in Canada may have been cut and polished in Canada or abroad.
What are the benefits of this Code?
The Code establishes a minimum standard based on records and a chain of warranties required to validate a Canadian diamond claim. Retailers who abide by the Code demonstrate to consumers their commitment to ensure the authenticity of Canadian diamond claims. The Code allows Canadian diamonds to be traced from the Canadian mine to the diamond jewellery retailer, providing consumers with a method to authenticate Canadian diamonds sold by a Code member.
How do I know if a retailer is a Code member?
Retailers who are Code members should display in plain view in their store this sign:
What should I ask for if I want to buy a Canadian diamond?
A polished diamond certificate/report and an invoice which contains the following information:
- the polished diamond description
- a unique Diamond Identification Number (DIN);
- a statement of certification that the polished diamond(s) is of Canadian origin and address of the issuer of the certificate/report;
- the retailer’s return policy;
- the date of purchase; and
- the name and address of the retailer.