Natural, untreated and ethically produced
Canadian diamonds were formed several billion years ago, but the first major diamond discovery in Canada occurred as recently as 1991, in the Lac De Gras area in the Northwest Territories. Other discoveries followed in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec. The first Canadian diamond mine opened in 1998, and Canada now produces approximately 15% of the world's gem quality diamonds.
At Ingle & Rhode we source natural, untreated Canadian diamonds, because they are mined, cut and polished with due care for the environment and for human rights. Those larger than 0.3ct are individually laser inscribed with a unique serial number and can be tracked right back to their mine of origin. Our Candian diamonds all come from the Ekati and Diavik mines.
Canadian environmental protection laws require that a thorough environmental assessment be carried out before a diamond mine can be approved, that effective systems are in place to protect local wildlife, and that the land be restored once mining has ceased. Canadian miners are also protected by strict health and safety regulations, and Canadian employment laws preclude child labour and any form of sweatshop labour.
Unless you know where a diamond came from, you cannot know for certain that it was ethically produced. Canada is the only country in the world to operate a system to monitor and track diamonds from the mine. To learn more about the ethical challenges with diamonds, read our conflict free diamonds and ethical diamonds pages.