In case you have not watched the news in the last few weeks, there has been a historical happening in the geological and gemological worlds. Dominion Diamond Mines, has announced the recovery of the largest gem-quality diamond on record in North America. It weighs 552.74 carats and is of yellow color. The diamond was discovered in the Diavik mine in Canada’s Northwest Territories in October.
Diavik is approximately 135 miles south of the Arctic Circle, making it one of the most difficult mines to work on during the winter season. The average amount of snow during the winter season is 47.31 inches in Canada’s Northwest Territories. Making the terrain difficult to navigate and very hazardous.
This mine also yielded the previous record holding stone for largest discovered on the continent, the 187.7 carat Foxfire diamond, discovered in 2015. Polished, the Foxfire yielded a 37.87 carat and 36.80 carat brilliant-cut pear shape diamond that went for $1.3 million at auction.
The CanadaMark yellow measures 33.74 millimeters by 54.56 millimeters. Marked heavily with abrasions, Dominion said that it won’t sell the stone in its rough form but will partner with a master cutter to cut and polish it. The color and texture of the diamond are a unique example of the journey that natural diamonds take from their formation until they are found. The Diavik mine has produced some of the most beautiful diamonds in the world, and this one certainly tops the list.