Rio Tinto and Dominion Diamond Mines have revealed three of the finest large rough diamonds from their Canadian diamond mine that will be offered at an upcoming international diamond tender.
Collectively known as The Diavik Stars of the Arctic, the three rough diamonds showcase a rare combination of size, quality and colour from the Diavik diamond mine in the remote Northwest Territories of Canada, 220 kilometres south of the Arctic Circle.
The Diavik Stars of the Arctic will headline Rio Tinto’s forthcoming “Specials” Tender, which showcases rough diamonds greater than 10.8 carats. Taking their inspiration from constellations across the night skies of the North, The Diavik Stars of the Arctic comprise: The 177.71-carat Vega of the Arctic™, one of the largest and most valuable gem-quality rough diamonds ever produced in Canada; Altair of the Arctic™, a 59.10-carat white gem-quality rough diamond; and Capella of the Actic ™, a 24.82-carats yellow diamond.
Diavik Diamond Mines President and Chief Operating Officer Patrick Boitumelo commented, “Diavik diamonds are over two billion years old and it has taken 15 years of production to unearth these extraordinary diamonds, underscoring the ongoing importance of the Diavik orebody in the context of the global diamond industry.”
The Diavik Diamond Mine owned by Rio Tinto (60 percent) and joint venture partner Dominion Diamond Mines (40 percent) began production in 2003 and has been a fully underground mining operation since 2012.
The Diavik Stars of the Arctic will be showcased in Antwerp and Israel to large diamond specialists from around the world before bids close on October 25.
News Source: jewellerynet.com